Monday, November 10, 2014

[186] Educators can learn more about MTSU’s school-improvement degree at Nov. 20 session

MURFREESBORO Educators eyeing a doctoral degree to help boost their pre-K through 12th-grade students’ academic achievement can learn more about MTSU's new education degree at a free session set for Thursday, Nov. 20, on campus.

Dr. Rick Vanosdall, interim director of the university's program for the Doctor of Education in Assessment, Learning and Pre-K-12 School Improvement degree, will present information and answer questions beginning at 6 p.m. in Room 202A of MTSU's College of Education Building.

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Reservations are required for the session and must be made before Thursday, Nov. 13. Interested teachers may call 615-898-2995 or email to reserve a seat for the event.

The program, also known as the Ed.D. in ALSI, is the first of its kind in Tennessee and aims to help educators serving pre-K through 12th grade improve their students’ academic achievement.

It launched in fall 2013 and targets all levels of pre-K through 12th-grade educational leaders, including teacher-leaders, administrators, district office personnel, policy makers, policy advisers and staff members of philanthropic and not-for-profit agencies focused on school improvement.

The new doctorate will train educators to analyze student-learning data and pinpoint areas of success as well as areas in need of attention. MTSU also offers doctoral degrees in economics, English, human performance, literacy studies, molecular biosciences, computational science, public history, and mathematics and science education. 

Applicants for the new education doctoral program must have earned a master’s degree and “be in a position to effect immediate pre-K-12 school improvement and gains in student learning,” according to program specifications.

The deadline for applications for the fall 2015 program is Jan. 31, 2015.

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