Certificate in Improvement Science (Online)

Educational Leadership

Certificate in Improvement Science (Online)

Learn user- and problem-centered approaches to improving teaching and learning.

This 12-credit hour graduate certificate will prepare you to design and enact continuous improvement processes in your organization. The program curriculum emphasizes the identification of meaningful problems of practice, development of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles, selection of practical measures, and practices related to data-informed decision-making.

Drawing on improvement models found in business, healthcare, and manufacturing, Improvement Science tests ideas that educators produce in response to locally identified problems. Instead of a traditional pilot program, improvement science helps change ideas spread faster and more effectively with reduced variation.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Spring Nov 16
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Resume
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Program Requirements
IU alumni Holly Pate and Chastity Nisbeth work together on an improvement cycle at Cynthia Heights Elementary School in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Once you complete the online certificate, you will become a specialist in using improvement science to drive organizational change and sustained improvement in performance outcomes.

The Certificate in Improvement Science supports:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Teacher leaders
  • Instructional coaches
  • School administrators
  • Central office administrators
  • Superintendents
  • School board members
  • State education agency officials
  • Early childhood program directors

When you complete this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to design improvement processes;
  • Analyze problems of practice that have historically or chronically prevented improvement;
  • Design Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles that are consistent with and responsive to a clearly defined problem of practice;
  • Collect and interpret data related to change ideas that accurately reflects reform progress;
  • Identify practical measures and localized data sources;
  • Evaluate and test changes using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles;
  • Understanding how to facilitate the establishment, spread, and implementation of changes; and
  • Understand how to engage stakeholders in the change process.

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