Educational Psychology & Counseling Department

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs provide a means for the UT to respond to emerging needs. Graduate certificate programs provide focused areas of studies for students 1) pursuing other academic programs at the master or doctoral levels, 2) who have already earned a master or doctorate, or 3) who are post-baccalaureate and enrolled solely in graduate certificate programs.

Graduate certificate programs are for-credit programs, based entirely on credit courses, and appear on the academic transcript. Graduate certificate programs are required to have student learning outcomes and an assessment plan reported annually through the university’s adopted process.

About EPC Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

The 18-credit hour graduate certificate in evaluation, statistics, and measurement (ESM) 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 533 – Program Evaluation I
  • EDPY 534 – Program Evaluation II
  • 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 credit hours 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 the ESM Certificate Coordinator Jennifer Ann Morrow at jamorrow@utk.edu for questions.

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-credit 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 credit hours 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
  • IT 532
  • IT 566
  • *IT 573 or another course approved by the Certificate Coordinator
  • IT 577

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

Contact Lisa Yamagata-Lynch for more information.

*Students who can demonstrate advanced skills that meet or exceed the learning objectives of IT 573 may replace the course with another as advised.

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

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 University of Tennessee doctoral students (or individuals who have already earned a doctoral degree) wishing to develop their skills in conducting qualitative research studies. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a doctoral program at the university or hold a terminal research degree.

Requirements
  • EDPY 559 and EDPY 659.
  • At least three upper-level qualitative courses such as: ANTH 531, CCI 643, CFS 650, CSE 660, CSE 526, EDPY 631, ELPS 617, ELPS 618, GEOG 516, LEES 659, NURS 607, SOCI 640.
  • Attainment of a minimum 3.5 grade point average in the certificate coursework.
  • Attainment of a 3.5 grade point average in the certificate coursework
  • Other courses may, where appropriate, be substituted for the courses listed above with the written permission of the certificate coordinator.
  • Individuals must submit an appropriate work sample (e.g., completed qualitative research report, completed qualitative research paper) that showcases their skills in qualitative research methods in education.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 15 credits of the courses listed above.
  • All courses must be completed within the five years of applying for a certificate.

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

Contact the ESM Qualitative Research Certificate Coordinator, Lauren Moret, at lmoret@utk.edu for questions.

Admission to a Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Certificate Course Verification

 

Updated 09/27/2017

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