School of Education - George Mason University

What may seem like an unimportant fact to the untrained eye may be of the upmost significance when it comes to understanding the way someone learns.

This 12-credit online concentration prepares teachers, building-level and district-level leaders to create, analyze and interpret a variety of student performance assessments in order to improve instruction and student learning. The four carefully-sequenced courses for the certificate focus on developing meaningful teacher-created and classroom-based student assessments, interpreting both informal and formal assessment data, and using those data in making curricular decisions. Practicing teachers and other school leaders have the opportunity to apply assessment and decision-making skills to their own classrooms or schools. Credits earned for the certificate may be applied toward the Educational Psychology, MS.

Why earn an Education Assessment, Evaluation, and Data Literacy graduate certificate with a concentration in Data Literacy?


  • Understand how to use data to answer questions about student academic achievement and/or behavior
  • Understand when and how to use different measurement strategies
  • Become a better consumer of data:
    • as a classroom teacher
    • as a school administrator
    • as an instructional coach
    • as a test coordinator
  • Apply courses toward recertification for teacher licensure
  • Transfer up to 12 credit hours into the Master's degree in Educational Psychology (with permission from academic coordinator)

Skill Development in:

  • Data collection, analysis, interpretation, and use of results for decision making
  • Development and application of formative assessments for self-selected areas of instruction
  • Reporting of assessment results to pertinent stakeholders
  • Use of appropriate evaluation methods for DDDM

School-based Cohort:

  • Cohorts geared toward the classroom or district level (e.g., teacher, school administrator)
  • Flexible instructional delivery
  • Content specific cohorts ( e.g., special education, science, math, other)
  • Problem-based learning experiences
  • Application of skills to real-world problems
  • Courses taught by the faculty in the Educational Psychology Program
  • Qualified public school personnel may co-teach courses when applicable
  • Learn to provide data-driven instruction to improve student success

Concentration in Data Literacy Degree Requirements

Total: 12 credits

Concentration in Program Evaluation Degree Requirements

Total: 16 credits