Education Assessment, Evaluation, and Data Literacy Certificate, Concentration in Program Evaluation
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Assess and Evaluate for Continuous Improvement
In this era of data-informed decision-making in education, there is an increasing need for individuals well versed in creating and managing educational programs that allow systematic gathering, analysis, and interpretation of high quality evidence. The graduate certificate in educational assessment, evaluation, and data literacy provides individuals in educational settings knowledge and skills to effectively use data to support learning and instruction as well as monitor and measure program success. Courses are tailored to meet the aims and scope of two concentrations: data literacy and program evaluation.
Concentration in Program Evaluation
Students in the program evaluation concentration take five courses (i.e., 16 credits) in educational research methods, educational statistics, qualitative methods, and program evaluation. The Program Evaluation concentration prepares individuals seeking evaluation positions in educational organizations as well as government and non-government agencies. Therefore, the concentration is relevant for current graduate students, program coordinators, and directors interested in developing, leading, or evaluating educational programs. Students complete an internship experience as part of an advanced program evaluation course to gain first-hand experience conducting and supporting evaluation of a program of their choice. Students in the program evaluation certificate can use up to 16 credits toward their Master’s or doctoral program. We encourage currently enrolled degree students or recent graduates to consider the program evaluation concentration if they are interested in a career in educational evaluation.
Concentration in Program Evaluation
The Program Evaluation Concentration offers skills development in:
• Critiquing and evaluating current educational research
• Applying basic concepts and assumptions pertinent to statistical analyses
• Applying basic approaches to qualitative data analysis and interpretation
• Adopting the ethical principles, competencies, and professional standards that inform evaluation practice to critique and conduct evaluations
• Understanding the role of theory in program development and evaluation
• Planning and implementing program evaluations grounded in appropriate theory and research
Concentration in Program Evaluation
- EDRS 590: Education Research (3 credits) or EDRS 810: Problems and Methods in Education Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 620: Quantitative Inquiry in Education (3 credits) or EDRS 811: Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 621: Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3 credits) or EDRS 812: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 631: Program Evaluation (3 credits) or EDRS 820: Evaluation Methods for Educational Programs and Curricula (3 credits)
- EDRS 680: Advanced Evaluation Methods and Internship (4 credits) or EDRS 880: Advanced Evaluation Methods and Internship (4 credits)
Total: 16 credits
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Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 5
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
Current George Mason University students interested in adding this certificate to a current degree plan should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the Secondary Certificate form and provide the needed documentation.
For individuals not currently enrolled in a graduate program at George Mason University:
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply, addressing previous academic challenges and highlighting evidence for future success in their goal statement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,641.50)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$617.95
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$752.00 - $811.00|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$952.00 - $1,011.00|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$642.95 - $701.95|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $155.00
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.