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  • Program Evaluation

    The graduate certificate in Program Evaluation will provide you with training in the concepts and skills necessary to conduct evaluations of programs and program improvement efforts in domestic and international settings. You can also enhance your evaluation skills in your work as an evaluator, policy analyst, health and social service administrator, or program manager for non-profit advocacy and community-based organizations. You can complete the program either on a full-time or part-time basis within a seven-year time period as a non-degree seeking student or in conjunction with a graduate program at FSU. The courses are offered both online and on-campus.

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    Step 1: Apply for admissions to the University (select one)

    Florida Residency Form: If you are a Florida resident, you must complete the Florida Residency Affidavit even if you were previously designated a Florida Resident by the University. If you do not complete this form, you will be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes.

    Step 2: Complete Admissions Form

    You can enroll in either fall or spring semesters and may take seven years to complete 15 credit hours. By the end of your second course, you must complete the Certificate Admissions Form, identifying the five courses and anticipated semesters you intend to take to fulfill certificate requirements. The Admissions Form is then e-mailed to the Program Coordinator. You must complete and submit the Admissions Form in the first semester of coursework for the certificate or the courses will not be eligible for use in completing the certificate.

    Courses in the certificate program may be applicable to a graduate degree; however, you should consult with your major professor to determine which courses are applicable to specific graduate programs.

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    This program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework: three core evaluation courses (9 credits) and two elective courses (6 credits) in evaluation theory and methods or data collection and analysis. None of the courses on the program evaluation certificate application may be satisfied by transfer credit from other universities.

    Required Courses in Program Evaluation (9 Credits):

    • EDF 5461 Introduction to Program Evaluation (3)
    • EDF 5462 Evaluation of New Educational Programs and Practice (3)(prerequisite EDF 5461 Introduction to Program Evaluation)
    • EDF 5464 Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation (3)

    Elective Courses (6 Credits)

    • EDF 5481 Methods of Educational Research (3)
    • EDF 5626 Economic Evaluation of Educational Programs (3)
    • EDA 5422 Decision-Oriented Educational Research (3)
    • ADE 5932 Methods of Participatory Research (3)
    • EDF 5432 Measurement Theory I (3)
    • EDF 5449 Survey Research Methods (3)
    • EDF 5935 Methods of Participatory Research (3)
    • EDF 6475 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3)
    • EDF 6479 Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
    • EDH 5055 Institutional Research (3)
    • EDH 5645 Data-Driven Decision Making (3)
    • EDF 5481 Methods of Educational Research (3)
    • EDF 5400 Basic Descriptive and Inferential Statistics Applications (4)
    • EDF 5401 General Linear Modeling Applications (4)
    • EDF 5432 Measurement Theory I (3)
    • EDF 5445 Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3)

    (Other courses may be accepted with approval of Certificate Coordinator.)

    Once coursework has been completed, you will complete the Certificate Completion Form, identifying the five courses taken and during which semesters. The Completion Form is e-mailed to the Program Coordinator, who will confirm course and grade information, process the certificate, and notify the registrar of the certificate award for posting on the student’s transcript. You must complete and submit the Completion Form no later than two weeks after the end of your final semester of certificate coursework.

    To satisfy the requirements of the certificate, you must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, have a grade point average of 3.25, and earn at least a “B” or higher in core and elective courses.

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    Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Please note that students may incur costs associated with the purchase of books/materials for courses.

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