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Institutional Research and Policy Analysis (Graduate Certificate)

Improve educational policy through the use of research and applied data. A certificate in institutional research and policy analysis will show you how to use data to inform important changes in future educational settings. 


Program description

The graduate certificate in institutional research and policy analysis provides participants with the training needed to critically assess education programs and policies, as well as engage in data-driven decision-making. Students analyze data from applied settings, including their own schools or organizations.

This certificate program allows students to glean insights from data that help them make effective decisions in classrooms, schools, districts and other organizations; present reliable and pertinent data to their colleagues and administrators; and develop analyses that can help them identify instructional changes aimed at improving student achievement.

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Career outlook

Students gain skills in assessing education programs and policies, synthesizing research literature and conducting applied research. This prepares them to expand or pursue careers that involve the use and interpretation of data. This program is also suited for students who want to pursue doctoral credentials in education after graduation.

Career examples include:

  • curriculum leader
  • policy analyst
  • program and project manager
  • research and data analyst
  • teacher administrator

Program contact information

If you have questions related to admission, please fill out the request information form and an admission specialist will contact you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

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Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

You must also have earned a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (in the last 60 hours of your first bachelor's program).

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