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Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation in Educational and Youth-Serving Organizations

Learn to use data to evaluate and improve outcomes and programs in educational and youth-serving organizations.

The Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation is designed for those who are working with educational and youth-serving organizations – including K-12 schools of all types, as well as non-profits and other related organizations. This certificate gives you expertise in using data to evaluate the programs and make strategic decisions on future curriculum direction.

Time to Complete: 8 months – 4 courses in two summer sessions, and one more course in Fall semester ending in December

Credits: 5 courses totaling 13 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website

Program Highlights

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

Take the next step in your career. This certificate is used to enhance your skills and marketability for a career in an educational or youth-serving organization. The program evaluation skills developed in this program are excellent for teachers and administrators at all types of schools, as well as for those in youth-serving non-profit organizations. Earning this certificate recognizes you as a member of the CSU alumni community; an institution with measurable notability in the education space.

Required Courses

Course Title Credits
EDB 572 Statistics for Health and Human Services 3 Credits
EDB 711* Educational Evaluation & Innovation 3 Credits
EDB 715 Applied Programming & Data Analysis with Statistical Software 2 Credits
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UST 510 Proposal Writing 4 Credits
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EDB 620 Psychology of the Adolescent Learners 3 Credits
EDU 701* Advanced Research Design 2 Credits

*EDB 601 or equivalent (an introductory research course) is a prerequisite for these courses.

Admission Requirements:

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for the Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation in Educational and Youth-Serving Organizations.

It is highly recommended that EDB 601: Educational Research be completed before taking the program courses.

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Dr. Hamlen Mansour
Department of Curriculum & Foundations
Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Avenue, JH 376
Cleveland, OH 44115

Learning Methodology

In this certificate program, you will learn about basic statistics and data presentation, program evaluation, use of statistical software to analyze data and present information, and a choice between grant writing or advanced research design and human development.

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Is this program meant for those in K-12 schools?

This program was designed for those in a broad variety of careers – including those in K-12 schools, but also for those in non-profit organizations that are related to education and/or youth.

What is program evaluation?

Program evaluation is the process of gathering and analyzing data using research methods to understand how well a program is functioning and to find ways to improve the program. In this certificate program, you will focus on the skills needed to evaluate educational and youth-serving programs and the decision-making process to improve these programs.

Why is the certificate 12-13 credits?

The pathway through the program that is always offered online has five courses and 13 credits. There is also a course in grant-writing that is often offered online, but is occasionally face-to-face. For anyone who prefers to take this course, it can be taken in lieu of two others, for a total of 12 credits in the certificate (please see the list of courses for details on this).

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