Assessment and Evaluation Certificate

This certificate program is geared toward current or future classroom teachers and other educators, who want to expand their knowledge of the basic principles and applications of assessment and evaluation. The coursework in the certificate program focuses on data-driven decision making as a cyclical process, and students will apply their new knowledge and skills to their unique professional situations. The program is applicable to all educators with a focus across disciplines, content areas, and grade levels. Students must complete 18 credit hours to earn the certificate.

The following skill-set describes the overall goals of the program:

  • Designing and implementing formative and summative assessments;
  • Analyzing and interpreting assessment data to improve teaching and learning;
  • Applying evaluation theory and diverse approaches in authentic settings;
  • Implementing assessment and evaluation to impact practices at the classroom, school, and district level;
  • Locating, analyzing, interpreting, and using multiple data sources to make data-evidenced decisions.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership requires no supplemental materials in addition to submission of the graduate application and official transcripts for admission to the certificate program in Assessment and Evaluation.

Application Deadline

Applications to the certificate program in Assessment and Evaluation are accepted on a rolling basis.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.


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