Tuesday, September 20, 2016

School of Education offers MicroMasters in Leading Education Innovation and Improvement

Tags: educational improvement, educational innovation, moje, peurach

Online learners interested in educational leadership, innovation, and improvement now can earn more comprehensive certification or complete work toward an advanced degree at the University of Michigan School of Education.

The university announced three MicroMasters today in partnership with online platform edX. U-M and 13 other universities are launching 19 of the advance MOOC-based study programs in three languages on edX.

The School of Education MicroMasters, which will launch in January, allows learners to take five courses that focus on innovation and educational improvement, with a focus on the emerging field of improvement science.

The courses can be used by career teachers to advance their current knowledge or, if accepted for admission at U-M, may allow them to count their credits toward fulfillment of the typical four-semester master's programs in Educational Leadership and Policy, Teaching and Learning, New Media and Literacy, and Urban Pedagogy.

"The University of Michigan School of Education is pleased to continue our leadership in educational improvement and social innovation efforts by expanding opportunities for current education professionals around the globe to learn new tools and strategies for making and sustaining change," said Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje. "The unique structure of the U-M SOE Educational Improvement and Innovation MicroMasters allows current and prospective leaders to learn by discussing and analyzing cases of actual education improvement as they also build change networks with leaders around the world."

The School of Education MicroMasters was created in partnership with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Donald J. Peurach is the lead designer of the MicroMasters in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement. Peurach is an associate professor of Educational Policy, Leadership, and Innovation in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. The framework for the MicroMasters draws from Peurach's experiences studying and supporting large-scale, practice-focused educational improvement, both as a researcher and as a Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

"Our goal for this MicroMasters is to grow a community of impassioned teachers, leaders, and reformers who use cutting-edge approaches to improve education for large numbers of students -- in schools and systems in the U.S. and around the world,” Peurach said.

Read the full release here.

Learn more about the SOE MicroMasters here.

Watch a message from Dean Moje here.


Elizabeth Birr Moje is George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Dean of the School of Education

Donald J. Peurach is Associate Professor

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