The Research, Measurement, and Statistics specialization offers a Graduate Academic Certificate in Qualitative Research. The courses prepare a person to teach qualitative research courses in higher education institutions (when accompanied with a PhD) or accept a qualitative research position in private industry. This program is for potential and practicing researcher scholars, both within and outside of the academy, who are or foresee being in a position to engage in qualitative research practices in education, policy, business, evaluation, intervention work, and more. When completed, the Qualitative Research Graduate Academic Certificate is listed on a student’s official transcript. All six of the certificate courses can also be used in various Master’s and doctoral degree plans, should a student decide to pursue a graduate degree along with the certificate.
There are tens of thousands of qualitative research jobs in the U.S. public and private sectors across a diverse variety of settings including, but not limited to, colleges and universities, research and development firms, education consulting services, healthcare centers, marketing agencies, human resources firms, and local and state government.
- Research Associate
Top Posted Job Titles
- Qualitative Fieldwork Manager
- Associate Research Analyst
- Qualitative Survey Programmer
Admission to the Qualitative Research Graduate Academic Certificate program is a two-step process. Each applicant must first apply to and meet the general admission requirements of UNT's Toulouse Graduate School. Then, applications for students who meet initial admission standards are forwarded to the College of Education for review and final decision.
Apply to Toulouse Graduate School
Apply online through the Toulouse Graduate School at www.applytexas.org. Submit application fee and official transcripts from all schools attended to their office. If additional items are needed, their office will notify you via mail and on your MyUNT page. All requirements of the TGS must be met before the department can begin reviewing an application. Details on their requirements and application deadlines can be viewed at https://tgs.unt.edu/future-students/graduate-admissions. Requirements for international applicants can be viewed at https://international.unt.edu/content/international-recruitment-office, including information on meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement. The Department encourages students to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines. All departmental application materials must be received within two months of the submitted online application.
Apply to the Department of Educational Psychology
- Professional resume that delineates previous work, educational experiences, membership and involvement in professional organizations, and scholarly activities. Resume should support the potential for strong performance as a graduate student.
- A personal statement (1-3 pages) is required. It must explicitly include your goals and rationale for applying to the Qualitative Research Graduate Academic Certificate program. In this statement, you may include a brief description of your career experiences (teaching, working with special populations, etc.), and explain how they are linked to your educational aspirations. Also, if you have any research and/or evaluation experiences summarize and relate to your degree and concentration. Your personal statement should be well-articulated and demonstrate professional writing quality (formal; accurate grammar and spellings);
- All departmental application materials must be received within two months of the submitted online application.
- All departmental admission decisions are based on a holistic review of the applicant’s submitted materials. Applicants that are strong in all areas will have first priority of admission.
Please send all departmental materials and application inquiries to:
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Department of Educational Psychology
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Physical address if sending via a delivery service:
Department of Educational Psychology
1300 Highland Street
Matthew Hall, room 316
Denton, TX 76203
Admission to this Graduate Academic Certificate does not require GRE scores. Students beginning with the GAC can reapply later for admission to the master's program, submit GRE scores and other departmental materials (see Master’s Admission).
EPSY 6020 (3 hours) Research Methods in Education
EPSY 6280 (3 hours) Qualitative Research in Education
EPSY 6280 (3 hours) Qualitative Data Analysis in Education
EPSY 6530 (3 hours) Research Methodologies as Contexts for Learning
EPSY 6001 (3 hours) Action Research and Evaluation
EPSY 6520 (3 hours) Design-Based & Participatory Research Methods
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