What you will learn
- To envision new possibilities for the work of students and teachers in classrooms.
- To understand alternative logics and strategies for organizing the practice of educational innovation.
- To examine the application of the emerging field of improvement science to the practice of educational innovation.
- To explore innovation and improvement in large-scale educational reform initiatives in the US and around the world.
- To improve your own practice as an educator, innovator, and/or reformer.
- To develop and manage teams that use disciplined, evidence-based methods of educational innovation and improvement.
- To employ disciplined, evidence-based methods of educational innovation and improvement to manage collaborations among schools, districts, and systems.
Education systems around the world face the central challenge of finding innovative solutions and techniques for improving student performance. This challenge is shared by teachers, teacher-leaders, and principals who are responsible for improving opportunities to learn, with two goals: raising average levels of student performance and reducing achievement gaps between students.
Beyond schools, leaders in district offices, government agencies, professional associations, and other non-governmental enterprises also share the challenge of improving student performance at scale across entire schools, districts, and systems.
Developed in collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - and drawing on the expertise of leading researchers, innovators, and practitioners - the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters program will empower learners to collaborate and strengthen educational opportunities and outcomes for millions of students, especially those currently underserved by their public schools.
This MicroMasters program will develop learners’ knowledge of educational innovation, research, and practice to enable them to improve the education and lives of children in their own schools and beyond.
More information on the MicroMasters program can be found at the University of Michigan website.
Courses in this program
MichiganX's Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters® Program
- 2–4 hours per week, for 8 weeks
Learn how to apply principles and practices of improvement science to improve educational practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.
What is a MicroMasters Program?
MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.
How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all five courses in this program.
From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and can count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to several Master’s programs, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards the degree.
Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate can also earn 12 credit hours toward a master’s degree specializing in such areas as Educational Leadership and Policy, Teaching and Learning, New Media and Literacy, or Urban Pedagogy, if they apply, and are admitted, to the University of Michigan's School of Education.
- Teachers will have the knowledge, and may be able to pursue the credentials, to become active members of improvement teams and initiatives in their schools and districts.
- Leaders within the K-12 governance structure will have the knowledge, and may be able to pursue the credentials, to develop and manage inter-organizational teams able to effectively use leading methods of educational innovation and improvement.
- NOTE: Teachers and leaders should consult appropriate agencies to discuss possibilities for continuing education credit.
- Reformers beyond the K-12 governance structure will have the knowledge, and may be able to pursue the credentials, to use leading methods of educational innovation and improvement to secure funding for their work.
- Reformers can establish organizations and strategies supporting large-scale improvement; and manage their collaboration with school, districts, and systems.
- Career opportunities as grade-level team leader; content-area improvement specialist; instructional coach; school improvement team member; program developer.
- Additional career opportunities as external coach/implementation support; improvement specialist; project manager; grant writer; policy analyst; program officer.
Meet your instructors
Experts from MichiganX committed to teaching online learning
The Carnegie Foundation’s work in Improvement Science with Networked Improvement Communities offers a new and effective R&D strategy for addressing persistent, high-leverage problems we face in education. I am delighted that these principles and methods are now more broadly available to education leaders worldwide through the University of Michigan MicroMasters in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement.
The MicroMasters program in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement is designed for those with a working knowledge of schools and education systems and political, policy, and public pressures to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.
Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.