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Improvement Science

Graduate Certificate

Drawing on models found in business, healthcare, and manufacturing, improvement science is the practice of testing educators' responses to locally identified problems in education. It aims to change education for the better, effectively and with reduced variation.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Improvement Science prepares you to design and enact improvement processes in your organization. Coursework emphasizes identifying problems of practice, developing "Plan-Do-Study-Act" (PDSA) cycles, and making data-informed decisions.  

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Improvement Science may prepare you for such careers as:

  •  Classroom teacher 
  •  Teacher leader 
  •  Instructional coach 
  •  School administrator 
  •  Central office administrator 
  •  Superintendent 
  •  State education agency official 
  •  Early childhood program director 

When you complete this certificate, you will be able to: 

  •  Design improvement processes. 
  •  Analyze problems of practice that have historically or chronically prevented improvement. 
  •  Design "Plan-Do-Study-Act" cycles that are consistent with, and responsive to, a clearly defined problem of practice. 
  •  Collect and interpret data that accurately reflect the progress and effectiveness of reforms. 
  •  Identify practical measures and localized data sources. 
  •  Evaluate and test changes using "Plan-Do-Study-Act" cycles. 
  •  Facilitate the establishment, spread, and implementation of changes. 
  •  Engage stakeholders in the change process. 

Certificate Requirements 

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Improvement Science, you must complete 12 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (12 credit hours)


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree 
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes: 

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)



EDUC-A 600Problems in Educational Leadership3 Credits
EDUC-A 629Data-Informed Decision Making for School Leaders3 Credits
EDUC-A 671Planning and Change in Educational Organizations3 Credits
EDUC-A 695 -OR- EDUC-A 785Practicum in Educational Leadership -OR- Internship in Educational Leadership3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $474.27
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1422.81

-Additional fees will apply.


-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $565.74
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1697.22
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