Program Evaluation

The Program Evaluation graduate certificate provides students a set of interdisciplinary competencies to design, implement, and critique evaluation research. Master’s, doctoral and non-degree seeking students apply this information in a variety of settings. The information gained in the Program Evaluation certificate program benefits employees in education, social sciences, public administration and more. The program content also helps evaluators, policy analysts, health and social service administrators, and program managers in their careers.

The structure of the certificate coursework is based on the 2018 American Evaluation Association (AEA) Evaluator Competencies. During the program, you’ll gain a range of knowledge, skills, and dispositions important for conducting evaluations in different practice settings. These five competency domains cover content related to:

  • Evaluation professional practice with knowledge of the AEA Guiding Principles(2018) and the Program Evaluation Standards (Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, 2011)
  • Systematic inquiry that incorporates qualitative, quantitative, and mixed designs
  • Contextual knowledge and stakeholder agency
  • Interpersonal communication and cultural competence
  • Planning and management of evaluation projects

The Program Evaluation certificate consists of 15 credit hours (5 courses). 12 credit hours (4 courses) cover evaluation theoretical approaches and evaluation policy, ethics, evaluation designs in practice, and data collection methods. Three elective credits (1 course) provide students with additional knowledge about different research designs and analytical approaches.

Program evaluation skills apply to a number of different career paths and can greatly benefit most résumés. Graduates from our Program Evaluation certificate are highly sought after by companies, non-profits, government agencies and more.

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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Admission Requirements

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.

IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible for admission to a graduate certificate program, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.

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 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.

Course Requirements

This program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework: four core evaluation courses (12 credits) in evaluation theoretical approaches and evaluation policy, ethics, evaluation designs in practice, and data collection methods, and one elective course (3 credits) in different research designs and analytical approaches.

Required Courses in Program Evaluation (12 credits):

  • EDF 5461: Intro to Program Evaluation or EDF 6474: Foundations of Practice Models (online EdD students only)
  • EDF 5462: Evaluation of New Educational Programs
  • EDF 5464: Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods or EDF 6475: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
  • EDF 5400: Introduction to Descriptive & Inferential Statistics or EDF 6480: Applied Quantitative Methods (online EdD students only)

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • EDF 6486: Applied Research Methods
  • EDF 5449: Survey Research Methods
  • EDF 6476: Advanced Qualitative Research
  • EDF 6479: Qualitative Data Analysis
  • EDF 5414: Large Data Sets
  • EDF 6471: Quasi-Experimental Data Analysis

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.

Program Costs

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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