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Assessment and Evaluation

The Assessment and Evaluation (A&E) Graduate Certificate Program develops professional expertise in assessment and evaluation methodology in a variety of academic disciplines and applied settings. The program goal is to enhance scientific scholarship and methodological rigor in the design, instrumentation, and analysis of empirical human subject data. Our mission is to promote evidence-based research and practice in guiding polices and advancing knowledge. Broadly trained in cutting-edge methodology, our graduates are well positioned to assume leadership roles in shaping the theory, practice, and future of assessment and evaluation.

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Quick Info

Program Code

18GC-ASEV

Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s)

Duration

varies

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus

Department

Educational Studies
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Lihshing Leigh Wang
Email: Leigh.Wang@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-3628

Student Success Factors

Successful candidates are driven by the desire to improve the rigor of evidence-based research and practice. They are comfortable working with numbers and enjoy human interactions. Analytical and critical thinking skill is a must for the candidate to thrive academically and meet the real-world challenges.

Career Possibilities

The A&E Graduate Certificate is designed for

  • Research scientists in institutions and work places seeking career advancement in assessment and evaluation research;
  • Administrators in human service organizations and research institutions seeking leadership roles in areas related to A&E;
  • Faculty and staff in universities and colleges seeking professional development opportunities in admission, student assessment, and institutional research;
  • School district and state officials seeking expertise and specialization in A&E for improving policy making and accountability;
  • In-service teachers and school administrators seeking career advancement in student assessment, counseling and guidance, and program evaluation;
  • Pre-service teacher candidates seeking full-time teaching positions in P-12 schools with a career focus on a leadership role in A&E school practices.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The A&E Certificate is housed under the Educational Studies MA and PhD Program in College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Most full-time students can complete the Certificate in one to two years.

Minor Details

Most of the A&E students are concurrently seeking a master's or doctoral degree at UC. For these students, the A&E Certficate serves as a valuable add-on they can highlight in their CV to give them a competitive edge in the job market. Some students pursue this certificate as a stand-alone program. The eligibility requirements are the same for both types of students (see below). 

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Assessment and Evaluation Curriculum

Predominant Program

    Required Core Courses
    • EDST7000, Introduction to Research Methodology, 3
    • EDST7010, Statistical Data Analysis I, 3
    • EDST7011, Statistical Data Analysis II, 3
    • EDST8034, Measurement and Assessment, 3
    • EDLD9054, Program Evaluation, 3
    Internship Training Requirement
    • EDST7090, Internship in Assessment and Evaluation, 1 - 6
    Assessment and Evaluation Guided Elective
    • EDLD8912, Data Use for School Improvement, 3
    • EDST8021, Action Research I, 3
    • EDST8041, Multivariate Data Analysis, 3
    • EDST8043, Reading Advanced Quantitative Research, 3
    • EDST8044, Conducting Quantitative Research, 3
    • EDST8051, Qualitative Research Methods I, 3
    • EDST8081, Mixed Methods Research I, 3
    • EDST8086, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research, 3
    • EDST8087, Multilevel Models for Educational Research, 3
    • EDST8088, Item Response Theory, 3
    • EDST8089, Structural Equation Modeling, 3
    • EDST8091, Quantitative Research Seminar I: Design, 3
    • HPE9072, Survey Research, 3
    • SOC7013, Intermediary Quantitative Methods, 3

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include the following:

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university are eligible to apply. They may enroll in the certificate program when they concurrently enroll in a graduate degree program at UC, or they may take courses as a non-matriculated student.
  • Only candidates with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be considered for admission.
  • To earn the graduate certificate, an application must be submitted before the start of courses or during the first term of enrollment.

Application materials required for admission include the following:

  • Online graduate school application form (http://grad.uc.edu/admissions.html)
    • Career goal statement and study plan (a 1000-word or less narrative about academic and professional experiences, immediate and long-range aspirations, how the Certificate will help  meet the goals, and a timetable for completing the required and elective courses)
    • Curriculum vitae with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, colleges attended with degrees and dates, employment history, professional experiences and names of references who may be contacted for further information
    • Application fee
  • College transcripts (new students only, showing all undergraduate and graduate course work completed, including degrees granted and dates of degrees, with GPAs of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale)

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

 

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

 

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

 

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
2614 McMicken Circle
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Transferring to UC Requirements

Up to six graduate credit hours may be transferred into the A&E Certificate from UC if they are B- or above and completed less than five years prior to admission. Many of the A&E courses are transferrable to other degree programs at UC, subject to program approval. 

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive credit toward the A&E certificate, the student must receive a grade of B- or above. All passing grades must be received within five consecutive years after a student is admitted into the program. Most full-time students can complete the certificate in one to two years.

Application Deadlines

Admission Term

Application Deadline

Notification By

 

Fall

7/1

8/1

 

Spring

11/15

12/15

 

Summer

4/1

4/15

 

 

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Generally, GE Programs include:

  • At public and private not-for-profit institutions: Title IV-eligible non-degree programs (e.g., certificate and diploma programs).
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