You’ve got the methodological skills to make a difference. Now you can prove it.
This was the first of our now four certificates. We’re awfully proud of it.
So… what does the certificate in Applied Educational Research Methods (both quantitative and qualitative) give you? Well, it provides foundational knowledge and excellent training in methods typically employed to investigate a wide variety of problems in the broad domains of the social sciences.
There’s a growing need among social science professionals, to have sufficient methodological skills to produce, analyze, synthesize, report, and consume information so that decisions can be made using an evidence-based approach.That’s why this certificate was created.
In addition, considering the complex nature of contemporary societal problems, the certificate seeks to fill a broader need in our university to train and support graduate students to use different methods to approach complex problems.
The certificate will provide the relevant coursework, as well as application of that coursework, through the completion of 15 credit hours, including an applied project. The certificate consists of some courses that most graduate students in the College of Education typically enroll in to meet their master’s or doctoral degree requirements. Hence, we hope graduate students see the value in completing few a more credits in methodology to obtain the certificate.
The certificate is open to students in any WSU graduate program. Students not in degree programs may also earn the certificate by enrolling as non-degree students. Students are required to maintain the minimum GPA requirement of at least 3.0 while enrolled in the certificate program. To qualify for the graduate certificate a prospective student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited postsecondary institution and meet all prerequisite requirements or demonstrate equivalent knowledge before enrolling in any courses which require these.
A note on classes required for certificates: The WSU Graduate School Policy regarding certificates indicate if a student enters the certificate program already having completed a course in general research methods or statistics, then additional elective courses can be selected to meet the required course credits. Students should note that other courses cannot be used as substitutes to meet the core course requirements. If students have already taken the required (core) courses prior to applying for the certificate, those courses would count towards the certificate. If they have taken an appropriate course that could be used as an elective, but is not one of the nine elective courses listed for the certificate, students could petition to use that course towards the certificate as the 3-credit elective course. Please note that we process your application for the certificate during the semester in which you take the internship required course.
Core Courses – nine credits of research
Required by All (Chose one – three credits)
- Ed_Psych 505 Research Methods I
- Ed_Res 563 Principles of Research
Then choose either the Quantitative or Qualitative track for additional six credits
|Ed_Psych 508||Educational Statistics|
|Ed_Res 565||Quantitative Research|
Elective (Choose one of the following three credit courses that correspond to the track selected above, e.g., Quant: Ed_Psych 509; Qual: Ed _Res 567):
|CSSTE 544||Discourse Analysis: Qual Track|
|CSSTE 545||Critical Ethnography: Qual Track|
|T&L 588||Action Research: Qual Track|
|Spec_Ed 592||Single Subject Research Design and Methods: Quant Track|
|Ed_Psych 509||Educational Measurements: Test Development and Assessment: Quant Track|
|Ed_Psych 568||Quasi-experimental Design: Quant Track|
|Ed_Psych 569||Quantitative Techniques in Education: Quant Track|
|Ed_Psych 570||Introduction to Program Evaluation: Quant Track|
|Ed_Psych 572||Meta-Analyis: Quant Track|
|ED_Psych 507||Foundations of Qualitative Research|
|Ed_Res 564||Qualitative Research|
Applied Project (Internship – Required by All)
Ed_Psych 597 Internship/Project – three credits. Only by prior approval of the Educational Psychology Coordinator.
This applied research experience will last not less than one semester. The student will register for Ed_Psych 597 under the guidance of a designated educational psychology faculty member who will develop the project in concert with the student. The culmination of this experience is a technical report or manuscript suitable for publication focused on the research in which the student and faculty member are engaged.
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