Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Research Certificate
Why a certificate in ARDR?
Theory and research methods are deeply entrenched in the (re)production of structural racism and systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). The concentration in Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Research (ARDR) under the Research Methods Graduate Certificate provides doctoral students with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience necessary for consuming, designing, implementing, and acting upon rigorous research that addresses systemic and structural social problems across disciplines, geographies, and minoritized and marginalized people. This concentration enhances research, action-taking, and civic engagement for addressing structural inequalities in ways that are explicitly anti-racist
How does this certificate work?
All students will take EDUC 855: Critical Perspectives in Education (3 credits) (or approved substitute engaging critical theoretical perspectives), EDRS 814: Anti-Colonial Methodologies (3 credits), and EDRS 833: Participatory Action Research (3 credits) as foundational methods/theory courses. Students will then take an additional six credits of advanced/applied EDRS research methods courses; options may include up to six hours of non-CEHD and non-GMU courses as approved by the ARDR Committee. Finally, students will complete an ARDR capstone course that results in a product, such as a manuscript for publication, and presentations to be delivered at local to international levels. Prior to the start of the capstone course, students will develop and propose a capstone project to the ARDR Committee. Students in the capstone course will then work closely with their instructor/mentor to carry out the ARDR project. The course instructor/mentor for the capstone will work with the student-mentee to address methods issues related to the project, assist with the coordination of student peer reviews of all manuscripts or course products, assist with manuscript submission processes, and assist with campus-wide presentations of students’ research to the ARDR Collaborative and other opportunities.
Required Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 855: Critical Perspectives in Education (3 credits)
- EDRS 814: Anti-Colonial Methodologies (3 credits) (Prereq: Successful completion (with a grade of B or higher) of EDRS 810: Problems and Methods in Education Research (3 credits), equivalent coursework or experience, or permission of the instructor)
- EDRS 833: Participatory Action Research (3 credits) (Prereq: EDRS 812: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits) and EDRS 822: Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods (3 credits))
- EDRS 892: Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Research Capstone (3 credits) (Study or methods apprenticeship with faculty mentor. Must be approved by the Capstone instructor and ARDR Committee.)
Elective Courses (6 credits) - Choose 6 credits from the following:
- EDRS 818: Critical Discourse Analysis in Education Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 820: Evaluation Methods for Educational Programs and Curricula (3 credits)
- EDRS 821: Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 822: Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 824: Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (3 credits)
- EDRS 825: Advanced Research Methods in Self-Study of Professional Practice (3 credits)
- EDRS 826: Qualitative Case Study Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 827: Introduction to Measurement and Survey Development (3 credits)
- EDRS 828: Item Response Theory (3 credits)
- EDRS 836: Narrative Inquiry (3 credits)
- EDRS 850: Grounded Theory (3 credits)
- EDRS 897: Special Topics in Research Methods (3 credits)
- Or another EDRS or non-EDRS course (including GMU Consortium courses) approved by the ARDR Committee
Note: No more than two non-EDRS courses may be substituted. Other GMU/Consortium Courses must be approved by the ARDR Committee.
Total: 18 credits
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Priority*: December 1
Space Available: February 15
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- 750-1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
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