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

The primary mission of the Educational Research Program aims to offer a quality graduate program that prepares scholars to critically engage with educational research and evaluation, to develop appropriate and innovative research design, and to contribute conceptually sound analyses to the research problems of the field.

The Educational Research Program offers the 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), 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.

Please contact Dr. Stefanie Wind (stefanie.wind@ua.edu) or Dr. Youn-Jeng Choi (ychoi26@ua.edu) about earning this certificate.

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.

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

Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Research

Code and Title Hours
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.