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Program Evaluation Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12 to 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Program Evaluation Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The program evaluation certificate program offers intensive study of applied methods of evaluating programs and services in school, health, government, nonprofit agencies and market research settings. This interdisciplinary program surveys program evaluation techniques and processes, and examines the social and political contexts of the studies. The program allows working professionals from a variety of disciplines to formalize their training in program evaluation by earning a certificate in this area. Demand for trained professionals in program evaluation has increased steadily to meet the reporting needs of funding agencies, policy makers, and program managers in the public and private sectors. Graduates of evaluation studies programs have found employment in county government, social service agencies, state departments, and research consulting firms and businesses.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A completed graduate-level degree, master of education (MEd) or master of arts (MA), in an appropriate content area, including education, social work, public health, or public policy.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students must demonstrate relevant academic background, including research methodology and experience in a field in which program evaluation is practiced (e.g., public health, social work, or education). Admission will be based on an assessment of the applicant's advanced knowledge and level of professional experience in the field of program evaluation. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Special Application Requirements:
Enrollment in the certificate program will be limited to a maximum of 10 students per calendar year.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Certificate coursework completed with undergraduate student status cannot be applied to graduate-level degree programs.
Required Coursework
8-9 credits required. The following courses (or equivalents approved by the certificate coordinator) are required.
Foundations of evaluation
Take 1 course from the following:
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings (2.0 cr)
SW 8603 - Program Evaluation (2.0 cr)
Evaluation theory
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3.0 cr)
Internship in evaluation
Only 3 credits of this course can count towards this certificate.
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship (1.0-9.0 cr)
Elective Coursework
Students may choose 3-4 credits of elective coursework from the following list to meet the overall program minimum of 12 credits. Additional courses may be approved by the certificate coordinator.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CI 8148 - Conducting Qualitative Studies in Educational Contexts (3.0 cr)
· CI 8914 - Critical Science Research (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5244 - Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation (3.0 cr)
· FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5056 - Case Studies for Policy Research (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5061 - Ethnographic Research Methods (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 5521 - Cost and Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation (3.0 cr)
· OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems (1.0-6.0 cr)
· PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health (3.0 cr)
· SW 8602 - Direct Practice Evaluation (2.0 cr)
 
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OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Principal methods, primary applications of evaluation research as applied to policies/programs in health/human services, education, or the environment. Conducting evaluations. Becoming a critical consumer of studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6852 - Program Evaluation in Health and Mental Health Settings
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02013
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Understanding an evaluation study. Program evaluation. Applications to health and mental health settings. emphasizes public health.
SW 8603 - Program Evaluation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Conceptual, methodological, political, psychological, and administrative factors related to conduct and consequences of social work program evaluation. Social programs as cause and effect; models, types, and strategies of evaluation; appraisal of selected research literature. prereq: 8601 or equiv or instr consent
OLPD 5502 - Theory and Models of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Evaluation theories/models currently available to practitioners. Communication with clients about value/utility of program. Systems theory. prereq: [5501/EPsy 5243] or PA 5311 or PubH 6034 or another introductory evaluation course approved by instructor.
OLPD 8502 - Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts, approaches, models, and theoretical frameworks for program evaluation that have developed since the 1960s. prereq: 5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243
OLPD 8596 - Evaluation Internship
Credits: 1.0 -9.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Hands-on experience in conducting program evaluation in real-world setting under supervision of evaluation professional. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
CI 8148 - Conducting Qualitative Studies in Educational Contexts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Qualitative research methods. Ethnography, sociolinguistics, symbolic interactionism. Observation. prereq: CI 8133 and [CI or OLPD PhD student]
CI 8914 - Critical Science Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Origins, influences, characteristics, and central concepts. Distinction between critical science and other action research. Requisite skills/knowledge for conducting critical science research, using that knowledge in a project.
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts, principles, and methods in educational/psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Modern measurement theories, including item response theory and generalizability theory. Emphasizes construction, interpretation, use, and evaluation of assessments regarding achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes, personality, and exceptionality.
EPSY 5244 - Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey methods, including mail, phone, and Web-based/e-mail surveys. Principles of measurement, constructing questions/forms, pilot testing, sampling, data analysis, reporting. Students develop a survey proposal and a draft survey, pilot the survey, and develop sampling/data analysis plans. prereq: [5221 or 5231 or 5261 or equiv], [CEHD grad student or MEd student]
FSOS 8013 - Qualitative Family Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Approaches to qualitative family research evaluation. Phenomenological, feminist, grounded theory, content analytic, ethnomethodological, ethnographic, program evaluation. Theory, research examples, student projects.
OLPD 5056 - Case Studies for Policy Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Qualitative case study research methods and their applications to educational policy and practice. Emphasis on designing studies that employ open-ended interviewing as primary data collection technique.
OLPD 5061 - Ethnographic Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice in aspects of field methodology below the level of full field study; detailed reading; analysis of studies in anthropology and education for methodological content.
OLPD 5521 - Cost and Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Use and application of cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, cost-utility, and cost-feasibility in evaluation of educational problems and programs.
OLPD 8595 - Evaluation Problems
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 24.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 8595/EPsy 8295
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study of an issue in theory or practice of program evaluation. prereq: [5501 or EDPA 5501 or EPSY 5243], instr consent
PUBH 6724 - The Health Care System and Public Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of health care delivery, finance systems within public health context. Components of health care system: financing, role of employers/public programs, health care delivery system, managed care. Collaborative interventions between managed care, public health. prereq: Public health or grad student or instr consent
SW 8602 - Direct Practice Evaluation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students design evaluations that incorporate current evaluation methods and principles derived from research, theory, practice wisdom, their own experience. Evaluation methods include single-system designs, client- focused evaluations, practitioner-focused evaluations, and use of event analyses, standardized instruments, self-constructed instruments. prereq: 8601 or equiv or instr consent