Graduate Certificate in Evaluation
Description and Requirements
The Evaluation Program within the Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology, Measurement, and Evaluation (QUERIES) division of Educational Psychology in the College of Education is offering a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation starting the 2020-2021 academic year. The Certificate’s coursework and advising facilitate students building a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the evaluation of educational and social programs. The Certificate is open to graduate students across campus, who are interested in using evaluative thinking and strategies to design, implement, and improve social programming and polices that address a range of human needs in and for philanthropic, non-profit, (non-) governmental, social service, and other organizations and sectors.
The core curricula comprising the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation cover the 4 dimensions of evaluation identified in Smith and Brandon’s (2007) Fundamentals Issues in Evaluation: evaluation theory, methods, practice, and profession. Completion of the graduate certificate requires a minimum of 16 credit hours as detailed below. Beyond the three required courses, students may opt to take either an additional methods course or additional evaluation course.
|Evaluation Graduate Certificate Coursework|
|EPSY 470 (4 hours)||Required||Primary dimension: theory|
Secondary dimension(s): profession, practice
|EPSY 471 (4 hours)||Required||Primary dimension: practice|
Secondary dimension(s): methods, profession
|Required||Primary dimension: methods|
|Additional Methods Course*|
|Elective||Primary dimension: methods|
|Additional Evaluation Course**|
|Elective||Primary dimension: varies by course|
Secondary dimension(s): varies by course
|*Students select social research methods courses from a pre-approved list or in consultation with their QUERIES faculty advisor. **Pre-approved evaluation courses include EPSY 501, EPSY 505, EPSY 570, EPSY 572, HRD 585, CI 516, CI 590, and EOL 580.|
- A one-page letter of interest that explains why the student wants to participate in the certificate program, including the student’s interest in evaluation, current research, professional and academic goals, and plans to utilize evaluation in future work.
- A two-page curriculum vitae
- A completed application form with faculty advisor’s signature
All students accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation will be assigned an QUERIES advisor to consult regarding coursework and other evaluation interests. Certificates are awarded after successful completion of coursework and the Certificate’s exit process, which includes completing an exit advising meeting and submitting a brief student-authored report.
 Smith, N. & Brandon, P. (2007). Fundamental Issues in Evaluation. New York: Guilford Press.
 Methods refers to courses that develop skills in the areas of study design, data collection and analysis, interpersonal skills, and planning and management (Smith & Brandon, 2007). As evaluators’ social inquiry “tools,” methods are concerned with application as the means by which evaluation’s intended purposes are accomplished.