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Graduate Certificate Program in Evaluation and Assessment

Gain knowledge of cutting-edge evaluation and assessment tools and methods, and become a valuable resource for your company or organization.

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Develop Essential Analytical and Strategic Planning Capabilities

Learn how to evaluate and assess the effectiveness and outcomes 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, the program is available online — making it convenient, affordable and accessible for students throughout New England and beyond.

In contrast to similar programs that concentrate solely on evaluation, UMass Lowell’s certificate program focuses on both evaluation and assessment — providing a broader foundational knowledge of the principles and best practices of this growing field. In addition, the program allows you to customize your learning experience by offering multiple elective courses to fulfill certificate requirements.

Given the increasing focus on accountability and transparency in today’s global economy, it is important for every type of organization to measure results, ensure efficacy, analyze performance and demonstrate return-on-investment. Students who enroll in UMass Lowell’s Evaluation and Assessment Graduate Certificate program will gain knowledge about different research theories and methodologies, and learn how to analyze results to make evidence-based decisions that impact policies and procedures.

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment from UMass Lowell will increase your career opportunities and deepen your professional knowledge of a diverse 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

Evaluation and assessment techniques are applicable to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in a wide variety of fields including education, government, business, agriculture, public health, criminal justice, social services, and environmental and urban planning.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment program can pursue many different career paths including:

  • 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

Learn from a Leader in Education and Program Evaluation

For nearly 125 years, UMass Lowell’s College of Education has been a leader in the field of education offering world-class programs with a reputation for innovation and excellence. Today, more than a century after its founding, the College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs at all levels through the doctorate. As education transforms throughout Massachusetts and the nation, teachers and leaders need to adapt and lead. College 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 conducts research on program evaluation methods, and offers evaluation planning, consulting, training and services for the university as well as 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:

Have Questions?

For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment, please contact:

Jill Lohmeier, Assistant Professor

978-934-4617
Jill_Lohmeier@uml.edu

College of Education

978-934-4600
edoffice@uml.edu

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.
Prerequisites:

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 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 carious 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.
Prerequisites:

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.
Prerequisites:

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. 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.
This course provides advanced knowledge of qualitative research and the opportunity for candidates to conduct a pilot study utilizing appropriate qualitative methodologies. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

EDUC.7040 Qualitative Research Methods.

The purpose of the Research Writing Seminar is to provide students with guidance in the preparation for their final qualifying exam. 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.
The focus of this course includes: The relationship between evaluation and educational policies; Standards-Based evaluation; Responsice Evaluation; Evidence Based Evaluation; cost Benefits Analysis Evaluation; Large Scale Evaluations: Issues in Planning; Large Scale Evaluations:Analyses; Evaluation of Public Programs and Related Policy; Utilization of Findings in Policy. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

EDUC.7430 Program Evaluation in Practice.

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 UMass Lowell Online and Continuing Education students is 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.

Fall 2019 Tuition

Per Credit / Contact Hour
Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit $340.00
Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit) $380.00
Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit $385.00
Graduate Online and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, Master's in Information Technology, Master's in Engineering Management, and Education Courses) $575.00
Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses $655.00
MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill $655.00
Master's in Information Technology and Master's in Engineering Management** Online Courses $590.00
Graduate Education Online Courses $470.00
Cost per credit includes access fee (parking after 3 p.m. and access to Blackboard).

*Applies to courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST, POMS offered through the Manning School of Business
**Applies to courses with the following prefixes: CHEN, CIVE, EECE, MECH, PLAS offered through the Francis College of Engineering

Additional Fees

Registration Fee per Term (nonrefundable) $30.00
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50.00
Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application $60.00
Fee for Graduate Degree Application $50.00

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UMass Lowell Graduate Certificate Programs provide knowledge and expertise that are vital in today's rapidly changing workplace. In many cases, graduate certificate courses may be applied toward a master's degree at UMass Lowell. Most graduate certificates consist of four courses, for a total of 12 graduate credits. This is a great way to earn a graduate-level credential on the way to earning your master's.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Holders of an appropriate bachelor's degree

HOW TO APPLY?

Apply online or download an application at http://www.uml.edu/grad.

Application Fee is $50.00 for all applicants. NO Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Students who complete a graduate certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better in a UMass Lowell graduate certificate program may be able to waive the GRE when applying to a related master's degree. Graduate Certificate Programs must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with not more than one course with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for other certificates. Once you have completed all of the courses required for your certificate, please complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form.

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Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Please see our How to Apply tab for additional information and contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

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Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?

Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723.

For General Assistance:

For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!

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