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Improvement Science in Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The new graduate certificate in Improvement Science in Education provides students with coursework and experiential learning opportunities to conduct and lead an emerging school improvement process in their schools.  The certificate is designed for advancing teachers (PreK-12), as well as other role groups, e.g., administrators, and district professionals, interested in learning how to examine and address problems within their unique educational setting using the Improvement Science method.

This new approach is innovative, providing educators with a process supported by a portfolio of tools and social learning to generate and use data in an iterative inquiry process. Educators will deepen their collaborative dispositions as they develop collective understandings of the root causes of specific problems, and adapt and sustain solutions, known as “changes strategies,” to various contexts. Improvement Science in Education draws inspiration from the concepts, processes, and tools utilized in the neighboring fields of health care, business, and manufacturing.

GW is the only university teaching Improvement Science and offering a graduate certificate within the DC Metropolitan Area. Following completion of the first three core courses, students may select one track of interest: (1)Teacher Leadership or (2) Administrative Supervision. The Improvement Science process was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2015). 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

One (1) recommendation

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: applicants who require a student visa are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
Graduate School of Education and Human Development 
The George Washington University 
2136 G Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: 
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax) 
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday