The primary mission of the Educational Research Program is to prepare scholars to critically engage in educational research and evaluation undertakings, to develop appropriate and innovative research designs, and to contribute conceptually sound analyses to the research problems of the field.

The Educational Research Program offers a PhD in educational research and post-master's certificate in qualitative or quantitative research. An EdS is offered in conjunction with educational psychology and two MA options are offered in collaboration with educational psychology, which include a learning and evaluation option (thesis and nonthesis options), and a program evaluation option (nonthesis only). The degrees require coursework in educational statistics, assessment/measurement, program evaluation, and qualitative research. A student may choose to specialize in educational statistics, program evaluation, assessment/measurement, research methodology, or qualitative research at the PhD level. Field experiences are required as part of the program.

You may contact Dr. Stephanie Shelton ( or Dr. Kelly Guyotte ( for more information.

NOTE: This certificate is not a credential for teacher certification/licensure.

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research

The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research is a 15-credit course sequence that integrates theoretical knowledge with practical application and field-based experience. Students who complete the certificate will have developed the methodological expertise and background necessary to be recognized as an emerging scholar in the field of qualitative inquiry. Though this certificate is housed in the College of Education, students from all disciplines are welcome to apply.

Code and Title Hours
Course Requirements
BER 632Reflect Resist: Qual II3
BER 633Ethics & Aesthc:Qual III3
BER 630Case Study Research Methods3
BER 687Field Work Educ Research3
BER 695Spec Top in Ed Research3
Total Hours15

How to Apply:

  1. Apply through the Graduate School’s online application center.

  2. Select the Qualitative Research Certificate Program when applying

Application Materials include:

  1. Statement of Purpose focusing on the student’s goals in pursuing a Qualitative Research certificate;
  2. Writing sample submitted directly to the department for faculty consideration

General Requirements:

  • Student must have a Master's degree in education (or a related field) and be accepted to the Qualitative Research non-degree certificate program by the Graduate School and departmental faculty.
  • Applications will consist of evidence of having a Master's degree, a statement of purpose, and writing sample.
  • Student must have a minimum of 15 required hours. 
  • Certificate completion will be monitored by certificate program administrators.

Certificate Completion Requirements:

  1. All courses listed above
  2. Capstone Presentation

Time Limit: 6 Years.