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The University of Texas at Tyler is asking for approval to add a new doctoral program.

The university brought its proposal for a Doctor of Education in School Improvement program to the UT System Board of Regents during its meeting on Tuesday.

The proposed doctoral program will be a 60 semester credit hour doctorate of education program in school improvement with the intent to develop educational leaders who have the skill to identify education deficiencies and effectively and efficiently develop innovative action plans that result in school improvement, according to the information presented to regents.

Objectives of the new program will include developing leaders with awareness of the needs of diverse student population and the impact those needs have on the school improvement process.

UT Tyler cited the Texas Education Agency’s new accountability ratings as demonstrating a need for the program, with 39 percent of the state’s more than 1,200 districts scoring a C or below.

The college said these needs disproportionately affect minority and economically disadvantaged students.

UT Tyler also cited a study from the Teas Workforce Commission, which projected a need for more than 250,000 new educators between 2014-2024, with more than 185,000 of those jobs in elementary and secondary schools.

The program will have a cohort of 25 students per year, with an estimated completion time of four years, expanding to 100 students in the program by year four.

If approved by the UT System Board of Regents, the college will submit a proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for approval.

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