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School System Reform studies

This online 16-week course in School Reform Studies is available for a non-credit certificate or for academic credit hours (see below). The course welcomes both academic students and professionals looking to learn more about reform studies for K-12.

About the Course

The course:

  • Provides a multi-disciplinary overview of the basis of calls for transformative change in school systems (all schools: public and private) for primary and secondary schooling (US: K-12), with an emphasis on the US experience and status quo;
  • Reviews and assesses ostensible reform strategies, and theoretically promising, little-used strategies; and 3.) Reviews the research and policy issues most relevant to current pursuit (or failure to pursue) of transformative change in formal K-12 schooling, especially in the USA.  The course will enable motivated students to identify high value policymaking and research opportunities, as well as wrong, misleading, and irrelevant policy and research practices.

The course will allow you to take an undergraduate- (4543EE) or graduate-level class (ECO 6973EE ), on a space-available basis, without the formal university admissions process. 

To view the syllabus for this course, please click here

Why take the course?

  • Participate in actual UTSA academic course with students and other professionals in your field
  • Examine a field of study before enrolling in a degree program
  • Update your skills and stay current
  • No need to purchase any additional materials; everything is online

How it works

The participant will register for either non-credit hours to receive a certificate of completion, or for academic credit hours through our Extended Studies Program (ESP). Once a participant has registered and paid in full, the Distance Learning office will email the participant a user name and password to access the online Blackboard course.  The participant will also receive contact information for technical related issues and support.  For more information on Blackboard and how to prepare your computer for the course, please go to:

Course fees

  • For a non-academic credit and to receive a certification of completion for 48.0 CEU's, the course fee is $570.00
  • For academic credit, the anticipated course fee will be $598.23 for in-state residents according to standard tuition fees. This does not include additional ESP program fees and are subject to change. Please review the ESP page and the ESP Registration and Fees page for additional information.


To register for academic credit:

You must enroll with our department using the ESP, which allows current non-UTSA students the opportunity to enroll in selected regular undergraduate curriculum courses. Please visit the ESP page for more information on the program. Please schedule an appointment with our office to complete a form and provide payment for this course by using the email button below or calling us directly at 210-458-2411.

To register for non-academic hours and receive a certification of completion:

To complete this course for non-credit hours and receive a certificate of completion, use the online registration link below. Please have a valid credit card ready as you will be providing payment during registration.

Withdrawals and refunds

A participant may withdraw at any time. However, no refunds will be issued once the course begins. Important note: the Distance Learning fee is non-refundable, regardless of withdrawal or cancellation date. 

Contact hours

Professional associations, boards, societies and organizations require their professional members to maintain their skills up-to-date.  Our office will provide contact hours and a certificate of completion. However, it is the responsibility of the participant to secure CEU’s from their governing organization. 

Additional information

  • For basic administration, registration, payment, certificates, and other inquires, call our offices at 210-458-2411 or send an email to
  • Courses are instructed by Dr. John Merrifield. For information on the course, please contact Dr. John Merrifield at


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