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Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate

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Jimmy Pastrano
jpastrano@fsu.edu
(850) 644-6781

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The certificate in Program Evaluation will provide you with graduate-level training in the concepts and skills necessary to conduct evaluations of programs and program improvement efforts in domestic and international settings. You can also enhance your evaluation skills in your work as an evaluator, policy analyst, health and social service administrator, or program manager for non-profit advocacy and community-based organizations. You can complete the program either on a full-time or part-time basis within a five year time period as a non-degree seeking student or in conjunction with a graduate program at FSU.

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

On-line asynchronous

Time to Completion

A maximum of 5 years

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDF5461 Introduction to Program Evaluation (3)
    This course is an overview of current evaluation theory and models; emphasis on role evaluation in needs assessment and planning phase of program development.
  • EDF5462 Evaluation of New Educational Programs and Practices (3)
    This course is an advanced level seminar on the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of program evaluation. Students begin with an overview and understanding of evaluation theoretical roots and the philosophical premises shaping evaluation theory. This leads to further understandings about the application of different research designs to the practice of evaluation, as presented in evaluation cases.
  • EDF5464 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (3)
    This course develops students' skills in collecting qualitative data for program evaluation. The political context of evaluation and the strategies for ensuring the production of quality work are emphasized. The goals of the course are to provide students with 1) an understanding of theoretical frameworks guiding qualitative research and evaluation, and 2) hands-on experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.

Total Credit Hours

15

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA and complete 9 hours of Core courses.

In addition to the 9 hours of Core Courses, you may also choose from the following online electives to fulfill the 15 hour requirement. Please note these may not be offered each semester. Check the course catalog or contact your advisor for more information.

EDF 6486. Applied Research Methods in Educational Leadership and Policy (3) This course introduces students to the role that educational and empirical research, in particular, can play in solving educational problems.

EDF 6480. Applied Quantitative Methods for Educational Practitioners (3) This course focuses on applied statistics in the social sciences and how to use these tools to construct research reports specific to education. The goal of the course is for students to be more comfortable working with applied statistics and begin to apply the skills acquired to their own research.

EDA 5423. Data Driven School Improvement (3) This course builds expertise in using data for a variety of school-improvement purposes, including instructional decision-making in grades K2. Collaborative action-research skills are developed to solve school-based problems.

EDA 5507. Planning Effective Instruction (3) This course explores the components and relationships that make up effective classroom instruction. Working on the assumption that effective classroom instruction is a necessary foundation for student achievement, school leaders need to know how to coach and monitor teachers? use of effective instructional practices.

EDF 6479. Qualitative Data Analysis (3) This course focuses on the analysis, interpretation and reporting of qualitative data collected during interpretive research.

Other elective courses may satisfy certificate requirements upon approval of the Coordinator.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2016-17 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

  • EDF5461 Introduction to Program Evaluation (3)
    This course is an overview of current evaluation theory and models; emphasis on role evaluation in needs assessment and planning phase of program development.

Spring 2017 Course Offerings

  • EDA5423 Data Driven School Improvement (3)
    This course builds expertise in using data for a variety of school-improvement purposes, including instructional decision-making in grades K-12. Collaborative action-research skills are developed to solve school-based problems.
  • EDA5507 Planning Effective Instruction (3)
    This course explores the components and relationships that make up effective classroom instruction. Working on the assumption that effective classroom instruction is a necessary foundation for student achievement, school leaders need to know how to coach and monitor teachers use of effective instructional practices.
  • EDF5462 Evaluation of New Educational Programs and Practices (3)
    This course is an advanced level seminar on the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of program evaluation. Students begin with an overview and understanding of evaluation theoretical roots and the philosophical premises shaping evaluation theory. This leads to further understandings about the application of different research designs to the practice of evaluation, as presented in evaluation cases.
  • EDF5464 Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (3)
    This course develops students' skills in collecting qualitative data for program evaluation. The political context of evaluation and the strategies for ensuring the production of quality work are emphasized. The goals of the course are to provide students with 1) an understanding of theoretical frameworks guiding qualitative research and evaluation, and 2) hands-on experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data.


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