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Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement


The MicroMasters in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement has been discontinued for the academic year 2023-2024. Learners who completed the MicroMasters by August 1, 2023, can apply for the Blended Master of Arts in Educational Studies. Contact Dr. Donald Peurach (dpeurach@umich.edu) for more details.

The EdHub for Community and Professional Learning in the Marsal Family School of Education is excited to announce the September 2023 launch of Transforming Education in an Interconnected World, an open access learning series.

The Marsal Family School of Education’s MicroMasters in Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement allowed learners to take five courses focused on educational innovation and improvement, with a specific focus on the principles and application of Improvement Science. These courses can be used by practicing teachers, leaders, and reformers to advance their current knowledge and earn a certificate. Those who successfully completed the MicroMasters by August 1, 2023 and are admitted to the Marsal Family School of Education can also be granted advanced standing that will reduce the credit-hour requirements for a master’s degree in Educational Studies without teacher certification.

MicroMasters is a series of courses designed to advance your career and offer a path to an accelerated master’s program. Faster, flexible and free to try, MicroMasters provides access to advanced education for everyone, everywhere. Created by prestigious universities, including the University of Michigan, and offered in the most in-demand fields, MicroMasters programs are recognized by companies for real job relevancy and provide deeper learning in a specific career area. MicroMasters are offered on edX.org.


Course Descriptions

LeadEd501x: Leading Ambitious Teaching and Learning

Learn why ambitious teaching and learning may be the key to global educational improvement and how to put it into practice.

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LeadEd502x: Designing and Leading Learning Systems

Learn leading strategies for educational innovation to improve practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.

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LeadEd503x: Improvement Science in Education

Learn how to apply principles and practices of improvement science to improve educational practice, raise student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.

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LeadEd504x: Case Studies in Continuous Educational Improvement

Learn about leading approaches to continuous educational improvement through case studies of educational innovation.

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LeadEd505x: Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement Capstone

Apply your knowledge and demonstrate mastery, personal growth, and competency along dimensions central to leading educational innovation and improvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is innovation an important part of education at the SOE?

The intertwinement of teaching, research and learning is key to shaping the future of education. Since the establishment of the Marsal Family School of Education in 1921 we have been dedicated to leading the development of educational innovators and to shaping teaching and learning. With the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement Micromasters we are supporting teachers and school leaders in improving educational practice through a stackable, modular and portable offering that can lead to a certificate, advance their career and accelerate their progress through the master’s program upon admission into the Marsal Family School of Education.

What is a MicroMasters? Why is SOE experimenting with a MicroMasters program?

U-M joins edX to announce three social innovation MicroMasters for online learners

The University of Michigan Marsal Family School of Education is consistently ranked among the best schools in the nation. This MicroMasters leverages insights from our top-ranked master’s programs and world-class faculty with extensive background in research, teaching and outreach to provide expertise and support for preparing future leaders in educational innovation in the US and around the world. Dr. Donald Peurach and Dean Elizabeth Moje have collaborated with a team of leading researchers, innovators and practitioners to develop this program. They bring experience in leadership roles within the Marsal Family School of Education, the American Educational Research Association as well as work with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Ross School of Business Center for Positive Organization, in order to present a framework for improved educational practice.

Any thoughts on the partnership with edX?

We are thrilled to to have partnered with the University of Michigan Office of Academic Innovation and edX on the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters in order to broaden and foster participation in curricular innovation. With this MicroMasters, we enable learners around the world to improve educational practice while continuing to scale up academic excellence, inclusion and innovation.

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