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Create a culture of continuous improvement.

What makes for an effective learning experience? Students who are willing to learn, and teachers who are ready to inspire. No matter the subject, establishing a culture of continuous improvement and iteration is essential to success.

Whether you’re looking to grow in your current role or pursue an exciting new opportunity, earning a Post-Master’s Certificate in Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation could help ignite the passion in your career.

In this certificate, students will engage in hands-on applied experiences and utilize processes for rigorous research, assessment, and evaluation of complex organizational systems in an effort to encourage and effect positive change.

Credits from the Post-Master’s Certificate in Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation can be applied toward Walden’s PhD in Education program.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 20 total quarter credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
EDPD 8020

A New Vision of Organizational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation

The role of assessment and evaluation as a vehicle for positive change is recast in this course. The notion of accountability is supported by the concepts of social and ethical responsibility, and informs continual improvement efforts for individuals and organizations. Theory, trends, and systemic perspectives of the field are connected to changes required for enhancing performance and increasing effectiveness. Topics include evaluator credibility, national and international assessments and comparisons, and facilitation with individual and cultural values underpinning evaluation purposes, processes, and judgments.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8021

Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability: The Sociological, Political, and Economic Factors

At the thought-leadership level, the context of sociological, political, and economic demands are primary to understanding the purpose of assessment and evaluation. This course will focus on the decision-making models that influence assessment, evaluation, and accountability systems. Topics include political astuteness; knowledge of sociological structures, including roles, status, power, rewards, and sanctions; as well as cost-benefit analyses, responsiveness to federal/state mandates, and organizational goals and objectives.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8023

Evaluating and Improving Programs, Organizations, and Systems

Determining comprehensive value and worth of a curriculum, project, instructional method, institution, or policy is a complex endeavor. This course examines the process of determining the value, purpose, efficacy, and social implications for programs, organizations, and systems within a framework for continuous improvement. Supporting technical skills are integrated into the course, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods of data-gathering and analysis.

(5 cr.)
EDPD 8024

Dynamics of Communication for Impact and Results

Finesse and skill are needed to communicate complex information and findings from data analysis to particular stakeholders in ways that convey understanding, impart meaning, and stimulate a call to action. Students in this course focus on how to report results, consequences, options, and recommendations in compelling ways for multiple audiences. A wide variety of communication methods are explored that include presentation technology, Internet communications, technical writing, writing for publication, press releases, grant writing, and collaborative communication. Data compression is practiced as part of the communication and recommendation process.

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 20 total quarter credit hours $675 per quarter hour $13,500
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $640


TOTAL $14,140


Transfer up to 10 credits $7,070


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $7,070

*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost $1,000–1,400.

Admission Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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