The Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Educational Research is offered by the Social Research Methodology Division (SRM) in the Department of Education. SRM is committed to the study and practice of methods of inquiry in educational and social research. The curriculum emphasizes conceptualization of applied problems, design and conduct of research and evaluation, development and application of new methodological techniques, and analysis and interpretation of data in the context of educational theory and practice. The division prepares individuals who can critically examine educational research and evaluation, develop data collection designs and instruments, and conduct conceptual and statistical analyses in education and the behavioral and social sciences.

 

Requirements:

The requirements of the Certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Educational Research consist of: i) submission of an application ii) completion of course work iii) engagement in the SRM division and iv) class presentation. Details are as follows:

i) Application: Submission of an application form including a statement of interest

ii) Completion of Course Work: Candidates for the certificate may choose six courses from the following courses in the Department of Education:

  • 211A. Educational and Psychological Measurement: Underlying Theory and Practice
  • 211B. Educational and Psychological Measurement: Generalizability Theory
  • 211C. Advanced Item Response Theory
  • 231A. Toolkit for Quantitative Methods Research
  • M231B. Factor Analysis
  • 231C. Analysis of Categorical and Other Nonnormal Data
  • 231D. Advanced Quantitative Models in Nonexperimental Research: Multilevel Analysis
  • M231E. Statistical Analysis with Latent Variables
  • 255 [A, B, C] Special Topics in Advanced Quantitative Methods

Candidates may also choose advanced quantitative methods courses from other departments on campus such as the departments Psychology, Statistics, Biostatistics, Sociology, Political Science and others with the approval of the SRM Division Head.

iii) Engagement in the SRM division: This may consist of two or more of the following

a) Enrolling in two quarters of a Research Apprenticeship Course (RAC) of interest to the student

b) Enrolling in ED243 (Reflections on Methods in Social Science).

c) Attending two SRM Brownbag Talks, seminar or talk events.

iv) Presentation: A presentation of original research conducted by the student applying advanced quantitative methods to any area of or problem in education. The presentation may take place in an SRM seminar, or RAC course, or in a departmental research event (e.g. Brownbag, Student R&I conference) as deemed feasible and appropriate by the Head of the Social Research Methodology Division.

 

Process

Interested candidates should fill out a short application form providing their biographical information, a brief statement of interest and a tentative plan of six courses. Admission to the certificate program will be granted based on an assessment of the student’s statement of interest and proposed course plan.

 

Award of Certificate

Upon completion of course work, a presentation, and attendance to two or more talks and seminar sessions, students submit transcripts (and a document of the presentation) to Amy Gershon, Director of the Office of Student Services to process the award of the certificate. Upon approval, the student will be invited to the next Social Research Methodology Division meeting for the award of the certificate.

 

For questions on the certificate, please contact Amy Gerhson at gershon@gseis.ucla.edu.

 

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