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Graduate Certificate Program in Evaluation and Assessment

Gain knowledge of cutting-edge evaluation and assessment methods and tools with UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment

Evaluate the effectiveness of programs, policies, personnel, products and organizations of all types and sizes with UMass Lowell's Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment. Aimed at public and private-sector professionals who wish to gain expertise in this critical data-driven area, evaluation and assessment techniques apply to organizations in education, government, business, agriculture, public health, criminal justice, social services and environmental and urban planning.

Given the increasing focus on accountability and transparency in today's global economy, organizations need to measure results, ensure efficacy, analyze performance and demonstrate return on investment. Through this program, you will learn different research theories and methodologies and how to interpret results to make evidence-based decisions that impact policies and procedures.

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  • Agile Business Analyst
  • Assessment Manger
  • Associate Director of Educational Program Assessment
  • Behavioral Health Senior Analyst
  • Chief Evaluation Officer and Outcomes Specialist
  • Content and Evaluation Specialist
  • Director of Measurement Strategy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
  • Performance Improvement Specialist
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Evaluation Manager
  • Program Officer, Evaluation and Adaptive Learning
  • Psycho-Educational Evaluator
  • Senior Research Analyst
  • Special Education Evaluator
  • Survey Researcher
  • Training and Development Manager

Key Takeaways

Deepen your knowledge of a range of topics, including:

  • Models and ethics of program evaluation
  • Strategies for conducting qualitative research
  • Techniques for analyzing and reporting findings
  • The relationship between evaluation and educational policies
  • Identifying, monitoring and measuring outcomes
  • Various approaches to the formative and summative assessment of learning
  • Basic measurement and evaluation theories and techniques

Leaders in Education and Program Evaluation

For nearly 125 years, UMass Lowell’s School of Education has been a leader in the field of education, offering world-class programs with a reputation for innovation and excellence. As education transforms throughout Massachusetts and the nation, we are preparing teachers and leaders to adapt and lead. School of Education faculty members understand today's education climate and offer in-depth knowledge and expertise as active researchers, instructors, thought leaders and policy specialists.

The Center for Program Evaluation at UMass Lowell researches program evaluation methods and offers evaluation planning, consulting, training and services for the university and regional and global communities.

One Success Leads to Another

Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:

Curriculum Outline

- Required Courses: 4
- Electives: 1

Course Descriptions

This course examines the selection and use of procedures to make an adequate clinical and educational diagnosis. Includes the assessment of function and dysfunction in factors associated with language development; receptive, expressive, writing, reading; and the administration and interpretation of individual and group tests of perceptual, motor, and conceptual functioning in reading and language. 3 credits.

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of educational statistics. From variables, means, and measuring the central tendency to distributions, t-tests, significance and variance, students will explore the meaning and use of these essential social science tools. In tandem with technique, students will also explore the statistical issues behind topical concerns in education and become familiar with statistical sources of importance to educational researchers. 3 credits.
This course provides an opportunity to investigate emerging topics in the fields of research methodology or program evaluation education. Topics will vary by semester and the interest and expertise of the faulty member. Discussion of theoretical and practical considerations of the topic under consideration will be integrated across the semester. 3 credits.
The use and analysis of data in all forms requires that educational researchers understand how to manage and visualize data, making creative use of this knowledge as they build robust findings well supported by evidence. In this class, students will be introduced to the underlying principles of data management and the ways different kinds of data and information can be visualized to support analysis and representation to curious audiences. 3 credits.
Students examine various approaches to the formative and summative assessment of learning. This course examines the importance of assessment in planning curricula and individual lessons. 3 credits.

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

Evaluation tasks will be identified and the policy issues attendant to evaluation will be examined. Students will identify and discuss several models of program evaluation, understand what needs to be considered and addressed in needs assessment, and learn to identify an appropriate design for a new evaluation. Students will be expected to conduct program evaluation, present their ideas and illustrate how evaluation results can be useful for program decision making. 3 credits.

CSCE Graduate Restrictions

This course concentrates on the use of qualitative methods for educational research. Strategies for conducting qualitative studies are described and techniques for analyzing and reporting findings are emphasized. Students will also examine strategies for the ethical conduct of qualitative research. 3 credits.
Basic measurement and evaluation theories and techniques are surveyed, including achievement, attitudes, opinions, abilities, personality, skills and trait variables. Emphasis is given to methods of establishing reliability and validity of various measures. 3 credits.
Students will examine selected cutting-edge topics in the field of qualitative research. They will become familiar with key journals in the field of qualitative research. Students are expected to research and write about a self-selected topic in the field of qualitative research methodology. The course stresses the skills of methodological literature review and professional academic writing. 3 credits.

EDUC.7040 Qualitative Research Methods.

this course provides participants with an opportunity to hone their writing skills in the humanities and social sciences, learn more about the process of academic publishing, and become familiar with the requirements of journals most relevant to their work. Students will develop a manuscript for publication, building general skills for academic writing across genres. In addition to being fully online, this course is individualized and flexible to meet students' needs and goals. It is required for Research and Evaluation in Education students and open to all other doctoral students at UMass Lowell. 3 credits.
This course will further your knowledge of program evaluation by focusing on such topics as: Assessing the need for program evaluation; Working with stakeholders; Identifying, measuring and monitoring outcomes; Assessing impact; Social context of evaluation. 3 credits.

EDUC.6423 Program Evaluation.

Tuition & Fees

At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.

Tuition for all undergraduate courses offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition for all online graduate courses is also the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.

Spring 2023 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*


Online Education $470 $1,410
Graduate Online Education Courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.**** $495 $1,485
*If the number of contact hours exceeds the number of credits, tuition is calculated by multiplying by the total number of contact hours.
**Applies to ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST and POMS courses.
***Applies to CHEN, CIVE, EECE, ENGN, MECH, PLAS and MSIT courses.
****Applies to graduate online education courses in the Ed.D. and Ph.D.

Additional Costs

Term Registration Fee $30
Late Fee $50
Graduate Degree and Certificate Application $50

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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