Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Graduate Certificates

A graduate certificate may be earned by successful completion of a series of specific courses. A candidate for a graduate certificate program must be a fully admitted graduate student who has satisfactorily completed (minimum 3.0 grade point average) the minimum requirements for a certificate as described in the Graduate Catalog. The minimum requirements for the certificate programs are listed under the academic department offering the certificate. A candidate must be a graduate student in good standing and comply with all other applicable policies. Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 semester credit hours taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Use of credits to fulfill requirements for a graduate degree will be at the discretion of the academic department. To receive the certificate, students must submit a Completion of Certificate Program Form endorsed by the academic department to the Graduate School. Only those certificate programs that are officially approved by the Graduate Council will be posted on student transcripts. To receive a graduate certificate, students must be admitted to a certificate program or a degree program.

About EPC Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Cultural Studies in Education

The 15-hour graduate certificate in cultural studies of education is intended for currently admitted graduate students seeking to develop skills necessary when working with diverse populations, especially targeted, minority populations. Students currently enrolled in many of the graduate programs on our campus are seeking to understand their different fields of study through a cultural studies lens. A certificate in cultural studies of education offers students a way to bundle the courses they are already taking so that they can present to future employers their skills. This certificate also prepares students to be able to apply a cultural studies focus to the work they do in their various fields of study.

Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be admitted to the graduate school. All 15 credits of coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee within five years of applying for a certificate. A 3.5 GPA must be earned in all certificate courses.

Requirements
  • CSE 591 (Issues in Cultural Studies)
  • At least one of the following:
    CSE 550 (Multicultural Education)
    CSE 592 (Social Justice and Education)
  • At least two of the following:
    CSE 539 (Development of Educational Thought)
    CSE 545 (Sociology of Education)
    CSE 548 (Transforming Critical Thinking: Constructive Thinking and Educational Implications)
    CSE 549 (Topics in International Education)
    CSE 607 (Advanced Seminar in Educational Studies)
    CSE 609 (Feminist Theory and Education)
    CSE 639 (Contemporary Philosophies in Education)
    EDPY 573 (Meeting Needs of Nontraditional and Underachieving Learners)
    RHCO 538 (Current Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling)
    SPST 515 (Social Theories of Sport)
    SPST 542 (Sociological Aspects of Sport)
    SPST 543 (Women, Sport, and Culture)
    TPTE 517 (Trends and Issues in Education)

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Contact Barbara Thayer-Bacon for more information and a copy of the certificate application.

Graduate Certificate in Deafness Rehabilitation*

The deafness rehabilitation certificate is a distance education program available to students whose career interests relate to working with individuals who are deaf or heard of hearing. This 12 credit-hour certificate is limited to those students who demonstrate at least an intermediate level of skill with Sign Language Proficiency Inventory (SLPI) prior to admission to the certificate. Courses specific to the Graduate Certificate in Deafness Rehabilitation are taught via distance education and integrate American Sign Language (ASL) as the primary means of delivery of lecture material.

 Requirements
  • ASL 421 Deaf Culture & Community (delivered through Department of Theory & Practice of Teacher Education)
  • RHCO 521 Rehabilitation Services in the Deaf Community
  • RHCO 522 Communication with Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • RHCO 523 Special Populations & Topics in Deafness Rehabilitation

The four courses of the Graduate Certificate in Deafness Rehabilitation will be taught during one semester. In that semester, students will be required to be present at the Knoxville campus for individualized instruction in counseling skill for approximately one week. Students may pursue the certificate independently or may complete it in addition to the Counseling Major, (MS), Rehabilitation Counseling concentration. The concentration will be offered periodically, according to volume of requests for admissions, external funding, and other considerations.

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Contact Patrick L. Dunn for more information and a copy of the certificate application.

*The Graduate Certificate in Deafness Rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee is not currently admitting new students.

Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

The 18-hour graduate certificate in evaluation, statistics, and measurement is administered within the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. The certificate is intended for currently admitted University of Tennessee doctoral students (or individuals who have already earned a doctoral degree) wishing to develop knowledge and skills in evaluation, statistics, and measurement.

 Requirements
  • EDPY 534 – Program Evaluation II
    NOTE: EDPY 533 Program Evaluation I is a required prerequisite for EDPY 534
  • EDPY 577 – Statistics in Applied Fields I
  • EDPY 677 – Statistics in Applied Fields II
  • EDPY 678 – Statistics in Applied Fields III*
  • One of the following:  EDPY 581 – Classroom Measurement or EDPY 583 – Survey Research
  • Individuals must submit an appropriate work sample (e.g., completed evaluation report, completed research paper) that showcases their skills in evaluation, statistics, and/or measurement. This work sample will be reviewed by the ESM faculty.
  • Individuals must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tennessee or have earned a doctoral degree from UT or another university.
  • Individuals must complete all 18 credits of the courses listed above.
  • Individuals must earn at least a 3.5 GPA in the certificate courses.
  • All courses must be completed within the five years of applying for a certificate.

*Another advanced statistics or measurement course may be substituted for this course with written permission from the ESM Certificate Coordinator.

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Contact Jennifer Ann Morrow for more information and a copy of the certificate application.

Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

The graduate certificate in grief, loss, and trauma is intended for currently admitted graduate students wishing to acquire knowledge and develop clinical skills to work with individuals who have experienced or are experiencing grief, loss, or trauma. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be admitted to the graduate school. Course work for the certificate must be completed at the University of Tennessee within a five-year period. A minimum 3.5 GPA must be earned in all certificate courses. An important part of the program is COUN 560 for graduate students who participate as grief facilitators in the Grief Outreach Initiative.

Requirements
  • COUN 560
  • COUN 480 or COUN 555 or COUN 655
  • At least two of the following: COUN 551, COUN 554, COUN 562, COUN 662, COUN 665, CFS 511, CFS 562, CFS 566 (students may request substitution for one of the required courses listed in this bullet; requires approval from the certificate coordinator)

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Contact Laura Wheat for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning

The 15-hour graduate certificate in online teaching and learning is intended for currently admitted graduate students seeking to develop skills necessary for designing, developing, and teaching online courses in various contexts such as higher education, corporate, K-12 education, and military settings. All courses in this graduate certificate program are delivered online through Distance Education. Students currently enrolled in many of the graduate programs on our campus are seeking to gain experience designing, developing, and teaching online courses. A certificate in online teaching and learning will offer students a way to group the courses they are already taking so that they can present their skills to future employers in a way that is easily recognized. This certificate will also further prepare students to be able to apply their skills and practical experiences they gain from our courses in future development of online courses. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be admitted to the graduate school. All 15 credits of coursework must be completed at the University of Tennessee within five years of applying for a certificate. A 3.5 GPA must be earned across all certificate courses. All required courses are listed below.

Requirements:
  • IT 570 Instructional Systems Design
  • IT 573 Introduction to Multimedia Instruction
  • IT 532 Online Learning Environments
  • IT 566 Understanding Online Interactions
  • IT 577 Practicum in Online Learning Environments

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Online Teaching & Learning Certificate

Contact Lisa Yamagata-Lynch for more information.

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

A graduate certificate may be earned by successful completion of a series of specific courses. A candidate for a graduate certificate program must be a fully admitted graduate student who has satisfactorily completed the minimum requirements for a certificate as described in the Graduate Catalog. A candidate must be a graduate student in good standing and comply with all other applicable policies. To receive the certificate, students must submit a Completion of Certificate Program Form endorsed by the academic department to the Graduate School. Only those certificate programs that are officially approved by the Graduate Council will be posted on student transcripts. To receive a graduate certificate, students must be admitted to a certificate program or a degree program.

Guidelines

The 15 hour graduate certificate in qualitative research methods in education is an interdepartmental program of study that is administered by faculty within the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. The certificate is intended for currently admitted graduate students wishing to develop their skills in conducting qualitative research studies. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal research degree and be admitted to the graduate school.

Requirements
  • EDPY 559 (Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education)
  • At least one of the following: EDPY 659 (Advanced Qualitative Research in Education), CFS 650 (Advanced Qualitative Research in Human Sciences), ELPS 618 (Advanced Qualitative Research in Educational Leadership)
  • At least three advanced qualitative courses such as: EDPY 631 (Discourse Analysis in Educational Environments), ELPS 617 (Case Study Methods in Educational Research), CSE 526 (Philosophy of Education), or other courses per advisement of the certificate coordinator
  • Attainment of a 3.5 grade point average in the certificate coursework
  • A completed peer-reviewed qualitative research study such as a conference presentation, completed qualitative dissertation or qualitative research publication

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a description of the courses.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Contact Lauren Moret for more information.

Qualitative certificate recipients come from a variety of academic departments including, but not limited to: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Educational Psychology and Counseling; English; Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies; Theory and Practice in Teacher Education.

Application for Completion of Certificate Program

 

Updated 03/21/2017

Contribute to big ideas. Give to Educational Psychology & Counseling.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.