The Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Educational Research places an emphasis on acquiring the skills necessary not only to complete statistical calculations, but to know how and when to apply and use appropriate calculations. This 15 credit-hour certificate prepares students from various disciplines to conduct research that documents the effects of educational programs and school outcomes. The courses required for this certificate are advanced educational research/statistics courses and provide those completing the certificate with significant and valuable knowledge and skills beyond what is required for typical degree requirements.

The primary mission of the Educational Research Program is to offer a quality graduate program that prepares scholars to critically engage with educational research and evaluation, develop appropriate and innovative research design, and contribute conceptually sound analyses to the overlapping fields of education, the social sciences, and the health sciences.

The Educational Research Program offers the PhD in educational research and post-master's certificate in qualitative or quantitative research. There is an EdS offered in conjunction with educational psychology. There are also two MA options offered in collaboration with educational psychology. These options are learning and evaluation (thesis and nonthesis options), and program evaluation (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.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Requirements for the Graduate School (Degree Requirements) and the College of Education (Master’s, Professional Certification, EdS, Doctoral) are detailed in earlier sections of this catalog. For specific program requirements visit the College of Education Programs website or for a student handbook and additional information, email or call: Chairperson, School Psychology, The University of Alabama, College of Education, Box 870231, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0231; phone 205-348-7575; fax 205-348-0683; program office, 306 Carmichael Hall, email:

Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Educational Research

More InformationHours
Course Requirements
BER 641 or Multivariate Statistics3
BER 642 Advanced Regression Methods
BER 645Advanced Experimental Design3
BER 658Psychometric Theory Prac3
Select two of the following:6
Survey Research In Educ
Structural Equation Modl
Eval I:Theory & Practice
Spec Top in Ed Research
Total Hours15

How to Apply:

  1. Apply through the Graduate School’s online application center.
  2. Select the Quantitative Educational Research Certificate Program when applying.

Application Materials include:

  1. Statement of Purpose focusing on the student’s goals in pursuing a Quantitative Research certificate;
  2. Evidence of prerequisite research/statistics courses comparable to BER 640 Quantitative Research II, must have achieved a grade of B or better in prerequisite research courses.

General Requirements:

  • Student must have a Master's degree in education (or a related field) and be accepted to the Quantitative 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 evidence of prerequisite courses.
  • Student must have a minimum of 15 required hours. 
  • Certificate completion will be monitored by certificate program administrators.

Certificate Completion Requirements:  All courses listed above

Time Limit: 6 Years.

You may contact Dr. Jamie Mills about enrolling in this certificate: