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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

    Admission to the graduate certificate program is required. Students are not enrolled in a certificate program by virtue of being enrolled in related courses. Students must apply to and be admitted to the certificate program in order to be considered enrolled.

    Admission to College of Education (COE) graduate certificate programs requires submission of the Certificate Admissions Form, to the appropriate department Certificate Program Coordinator (see respective certificate website for contact information) and to the COE Office of Academic Services and Intern Support prior to the completion of two courses in the certificate program.

    The Certificate Admissions Form must identify the courses and anticipated semesters you intend to take to fulfill certificate requirements. Students can enroll in either fall or spring semesters and may take seven years to complete the required 15 credit hours.

    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.

    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 Intro to Program Evaluation
    • EDF 5464 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (EDF 6475 or other qualitative methods courses allowed with approval of the Certificate Coordinator)
    • EDF 5462 Evaluation of New Educational Programs

    Elective Courses (6 Credits)

    • EDF 6486 Applied Research Methods
    • EDF 5449 Survey Research Methods
    • EDF 6479 Applied Quantitative Methods
    • EDF 5624 Economics of Education
    • EDF 5887 Multicultural Education
    • EDF 5850 International Development of Education
    • EDF 5414 Introduction to Large Scale Data Sets
    • EDF 6476 Advanced Qualitative Research Seminar
    • EDF 5935 Quasi Experimental Methods
    • EDH 5068 Outcomes of Undergraduate Education
    • EDH 5042 Student Success in College
    • EDH 5639 Management in Higher Education
    • EDH 5078 Outcomes and Assessment in Higher Education 1
    • EDF 5931 Outcomes of Assessment in Higher Education 2

    (Other courses may be accepted upon approval of the 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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