Department of Curriculum & Foundations

Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation in Educational and Youth-Serving Organizations

Educational and youth-serving organizations provide a wide range of data through which to monitor progress and make decisions. This certificate will help you to develop skills in program evaluation, research, and data analysis to make the most effective decisions for your organization.

Who is this Certificate for?
This certificate is intended for those who are working with educational and youth-serving organizations that may or may not be public K-12 schools. Courses in this certificate help students in evaluating and using data to evaluate and improve outcomes and programs in educational and youth-serving organizations.

Note: This certificate can be completed fully online, offering additional convenience for remote students and those with busy schedules.

What skills will I learn?

Program Evaluation:
Knowing what types of data to collect, how to analyze that data, and how to use the data to make positive changes within the organization

Research and Statistics:
How to collect, understand, and analyze data and use research methods to make decisions

Developing the skills necessary to obtain funding and to determine the impact of a program and/or policy

Adolescent Development:
Knowing the basic principles of human growth and the development of learners from early to late adolescence

What are the requirements?
The certificate can be completed in 12-13 credits*:

  • EDB 572 Statistics for Health and Human Services (3 credits)
  • EDB 711* Educational Program Evaluation and Innovation (3 credits)
  • EDU 715 Applied Programming & Data Analysis with Statistical Software (2 credits)
  • Choice between:
    (a) UST 510 Proposal Writing (4 credits - note: not always offered online)
    (b) EDB 620 Psychology of Adolescent Learners (3 credits) AND EDU 701* Advanced Research Design (2 credits)

*EDB 601 or its equivalent (an introductory research course) is a prerequisite for this course.

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