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Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics in Education

This flexible Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics in Education will boost your career options to the next level.

Be on the forefront of decision-making in the field of education

Data analytics skills are in high demand. This is not limited to businesses; schools, districts, and educational organizations are also making use of big data.

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Time to Complete

4 semesters (two summers, fall, and spring)

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5 courses totaling 13 credit hours

Get prepared to learn

This certificate is ideal for those who are interested in education-related data and policy, and who want to add a skillset beyond teaching or who prefer a different track than classroom teaching. This certificate gives students the background in research methods and research design, basic statistics skills, ability to use statistics software, and data analytics skills expected of data analysts in the field of education.

This program is 100% online and mostly asynchronous, with the exception of EDU 715 which requires one synchronous meeting at the beginning of the semester. You can progress through the certificate at your own pace, and it is possible to finish in one year if you choose to do so.

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Learning Methodology

Earn a graduate certificate in Data Analytics in Education, online, through Cleveland State University. The program focuses on skills in research methods, statistical analysis and visualization, and use of software to give you the skills you need to boost your career.

  • 5 courses; 13 credits
  • 100% online format, primarily asynchronous
  • Flexible timing, and you can finish in one year if you choose to do so.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
  2. No application fee.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework.
  4. GMAT or GRE is currently being waived.


Certificate Courses

EDB 572Statistics for Health and Human Services3 Credits
EDB 601Research in Education and Human Services3 Credits
EDB 702Data Analytics in Education3 Credits
EDU 701*Advanced Research Design2 Credits
EDU 715Applied Programming & Data Analysis with Statistical Software2 Credits

*Prerequisite: EDB 601

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and financial aid for CSU programs are kept competitive so you can receive the education you deserve. Tuition for online programs and courses follows the same fee structure as traditional, on-campus programs and courses. Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Approximately 70% of CSU’s students receive some form of financial assistance. The University participates in or administers all the major federal and state grant and loan programs. In addition, CSU provides University grants and scholarships.

To begin the financial aid process, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must file a FAFSA every year after January 1st to receive your financial aid. Cleveland State University’s financial aid school code is 003032.

If you have any questions, visit the Financial Aid section of CSU’s website, or contact the Financial Aid office.



Our faculty's outstanding achievements in research and scholarship are reflected in an overall increase in research funding. In addition, faculty present their work in nationally and internationally renowned journals, and as speakers at seminal conferences in their fields. For more information on individual CSU faculty, see Cleveland State University Faculty Profile index.

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Student Success Coaching

At CSU, you will be paired with a Student Success Coach to support you on your journey from acceptance into a program to graduation. Coaches help with:

  • Time management
  • Study strategies
  • Focus techniques
  • Work-life balance
  • Academic support resources
  • Navigating University policies and procedures
  • Resolving issues and locating the right resources

Student Success Coaches will reach out to you for a welcome call early in your program. Coaches can help you create an academic success plan with strategies and goals that will help you be successful. Student Success Coaches are available to you throughout your program. Student Success Coaches do not replace academic advisors or other counselors, but rather work as a team with them to provide you with all the right resources.

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Career Outcomes

This certificate will give you in-demand skills in research design and statistical analysis, all with a focus on education.

Prepare for roles including:

  • School data coordinator
  • District data analyst
  • Research associate in education
  • Educational consultant

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Certificate in Data Analytics in Education and the Certificate in Data-Based Decision Making?

This Certificate in Data Analytics in Education focuses on research design related to education, data collection, and data analysis using statistical software. With this certificate, you will be prepared to use data to make conclusions using statistics and visualization software. The data-based decision making certificate is intended for teachers or other education-related practitioners who want to understand how to design good tests, use school report card data, and other forms of data to form conclusions that inform their practice, and how to cultivate a culture of data use within their schools or other educational organizations.

Will this certificate lead to a new career?

This certificate will give you enough information and background in data analytics to make you eligible for some positions, though others may want you to have a full Master’s degree in data analytics. At CSU, you can apply the courses from the Certificate in Data Analytics in Education toward a Master of Education in Research and Assessment. The Master's program will give students without a master's degree a more complete educational background. For positions that require a doctorate, our Ph.D. in Urban Education includes a series of three quantitative research courses that would leave you well-prepared for any data analytics position in education.

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