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Research Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education

Build solutions for your school and career

It takes special insight to solve problems in education. You can learn to be an effective problem solver in all areas of education with Capella's online Post-Master's Certificate in Research. In this certificate program, you’ll be exposed to quantitative and qualitative methodologies, current theories, and application strategies while strengthening your understanding of this vital area within education. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core courses

Classes Start December 2nd

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Find the right information

Focus on project development and research that’s grounded in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Create effective assessments

Create empirically based solutions by using psychometrically appropriate assessments.

Know what works

Gain a deeper understanding of all of the different models, approaches, and surveys used to advance education.  

Demonstrate a range of expertise

Develop expertise in basic qualitative design, case study, ethnography, grounded study, and phenomenology.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Work toward an advanced degree

This program offers quality, stand-alone learning experiences, which can be used toward the partial completion of a PhD in Education.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$14,900 estimated tuition*
$745 per credit, 28 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Sample courses

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Research curriculum focuses on a variety of qualitative designs. Plus, you’ll learn basic qualitative design, case study, ethnography, grounded study, phenomenology, and more.  

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ED8121 *
Tests and Measurements for Educational Research

In this course, learners develop and apply tests and measurement instruments, including surveys, achievement, aptitude, and personality tests. Learners study how to collect and analyze data from these instruments, and examine Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines and ways of using various test instruments in the context of doing empirical research, such as a dissertation. Prerequisite(s): ED7860.

4 quarter credits
ED8132 *
Educational Quantitative Research 1

In this course, learners gain a foundational understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles that drive quantitative research design and the differences among basic statistical analyses of quantitative data. Learners examine statistical concepts, including sampling methods and calculating sample sizes, descriptive statistics, levels of measurement, standard scores, distributions, estimation, statistical significance testing, and basic statistical analyses. Prerequisite(s): ED8112. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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