Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Evaluation

The Evaluation Certificate emphasizes evaluation as a service profession for program, organization, and systems learning and change. The Certificate program serves several purposes, including:

  • Building your capacity to do and use evaluation in your current professional role;
  • Strengthening your resume with an advanced credential in evaluation;
  • Adding to or updating evaluation knowledge and skills gained through prior formal and informal learning;
  • A step towards the M.S. concentration in Evaluation & Organizational Learning if you are contemplating the master’s program.

Program Features:

  • Aligned with the American Evaluation Association Evaluator Competencies.
  • One of a limited number of evaluation certificate programs in the U.S. that can be completed through distance education.
  • Faculty are evaluation scholars and practitioners.
  • Applied learning experiences through a theory-to-practice and practice-to-theory instructional model.
  • Program Advisory Board that includes faculty from multiple disciplines, current students, and evaluation practitioners.
  • Program credits count towards M.S. concentration in Evaluation & Organizational Learning.

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.

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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 1 for Fall 2022 start.