Department of Educational Studies, Research and Technology

Graduate Certificate in Data-Based Decision Making


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Certificate Overview

With this advanced graduate certificate in Data-Based Decision-Making in Education, you can become an expert in using school-wide and classroom data to make evaluations and decisions. Data-based decision-making is at the forefront of school reform. School leaders are expected to monitor the progress of schools, classes, and even teachers using a wide range of data. This certificate will give you expertise in creating and understand assessments, analyzing and using data to make effective decisions, and cultivating a culture of data-based decision-making in schools.

Note: This is the same certificate that can be found on CSU's online program page, and you can request more information and/or apply from there: CSU Online: Data-Based Decision-Making Certificate


Who is this Certificate for?

This certificate is designed for school administrators, educators who seek to improve their understanding of assessments and data, or those interested in education policy. A certificate holder can be an asset to any school district and will have the skills to advise administrators and other faculty in ways to improve assessment and use many types of data to monitor and improve the progress of schools. No previous education experience is required; assignments geared toward educators can be modified to fit your professional goals in the program.


This certificate is fully online and asynchronous, offering additional convenience for remote students and those with busy schedules. 


What skills will I learn?

School and District--level decision-making:
Understanding Ohio’s value-added and Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) models for school evaluation.

Classroom-level decision-making:
Designing effective assessments and differentiating Instruction based on data from assessments

How to collect, understand, and analyze data and understand research to make decisions.

What are the requirements?

The certificate can be completed in 12 credits (4 classes)*:

  • EDB 574 Data Driven Decision-Making in the Classroom (3 credits) - offered in fall semester
  • EDB 572 Beginning statistics for research (3 credits) - offered in summer session
  • EDB 704 Interpreting Student Performance Data (3 credits) - offered in spring semester
  • EDB 711* Educational Program Evaluation and Innovation (3 credits) - offered in summer session

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

How much will it cost?

We have great news for out-of-state and international students who might have been deterred by the cost for out-of-state applicants. This is a fully online program, and now tuition for fully online programs at Cleveland State University has been reduced to be almost identical to tuition for in-state students! This means that CSU may cost less than your local state university, even if you do not live in Ohio. The tuition schedule can be found at this link: 

Graduate Online Fee Schedule

How can I apply?

To request more information or apply, please go to: CSU Online: Data-Based Decision-Making Certificate

Learn more about our other certificates:

Check out the full Educational Research Master's program here.


For more information contact Dr. Hamlen Mansour at