Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Evaluation

This program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their evaluation knowledge and skills. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible to apply. Candidates for the certificate will complete 18 credit hours of courses and applied learning experiences. Credits from the certificate program are easily transferred towards the Evaluation and Organizational Learning M.S. degree.

“Evaluation is a growing and evolving field. There is demand both nationally and internationally for professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively evaluate programs, policies, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.” - Tamara M. Walser, Professor and Program Coordinator

Sample Courses:

  • EDL 542/642 – Program Evaluation 
  • EDL 586/686 – Communication, Facilitation, and Cultural Competence in Evaluation
  • EDL 587/687 – Data Collection and Instrument Development
  • EDL 518/618 – Data Analysis & Reporting I
  • EDL 577 – Practicum in Evaluation
  • EDL553 – Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education
  • MIT 530 – Evaluation and Change in Instructional Development
  • CRM/SOC 502 – Evaluation, Methods and Policy

New Graduate Courses for Fall 2020

  • EDL 586/686: Communication, Facilitation, and Cultural Competence in Evaluation
    Online Synchronous | Multidisciplinary | No Prerequisites
    This course focuses on human relations and social interactions necessary for situational practice and evaluator effectiveness. Students will develop skills in communication, facilitation, conflict resolution, and cultural responsiveness to support professional and just evaluation practice, evaluation utilization, evaluation capacity building, and organizational learning.

  • EDL 594: Evaluation Theory, Practice, and Organizational Learning
    Online Synchronous | Multidisciplinary | No Prerequisites
    This course focuses on evaluation theories and applications; evaluation standards, competencies, and guidelines for practice; and organizational learning. Students will become familiar with the evolution and underpinnings of the evaluation discipline, key evaluation scholars and scholarship, and current trends in evaluation practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate awareness of fundamental norms and values underlying evaluation practice, including the standards, guidelines, and competencies of the discipline.
  • Act and interact ethically through evaluation practice that demonstrates integrity and respect for all people.
  • Apply evaluation theory, approaches, and methodologies.
  • Address evaluation context, including the unique circumstances, multiple perspectives, and changing settings of evaluations and their users/stakeholders.
  • Facilitate evaluation use and capacity building.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills, including communication, facilitation, collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Engage in culturally responsive evaluation practice, including addressing issues of privilege and power, and facilitating constructive and culturally responsive interactions throughout the evaluation.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed before graduate study begins.
  2. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  3. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended.
  4. A letter of interest describing your educational and professional experiences, reasons for pursuing this degree and contributions you plan to make upon degree completion.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by July 15.