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Research Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education



Seven Required Courses



28 quarter credits

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Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7864 *
Quantitative Design and Analysis

In this course, learners investigate the fundamental concepts needed to conduct quantitative research. Learners examine and apply quantitative research techniques; appropriate applications of quantitative research; research design, measurement, and analysis, and their associated interdependencies; variable types and levels of measurement; sampling; descriptive and inferential statistics; and hypothesis testing. Learners define the strengths and limitations of descriptive statistics, analyze the quantitative scales of measurement, review the logic of probability and null hypothesis testing, and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED7868 *
Qualitative Design and Analysis

Learners in this course assess the fundamental concepts needed to conduct qualitative research. Learners practice qualitative research techniques; appropriate applications of qualitative research; the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research design, sampling, and analysis and their associated interdependencies; and leverage technology when applicable. Learners also determine the steps necessary to ensure human subjects protection, and consider methodological adaptations when conducting research with vulnerable and diverse populations. Prerequisite(s): ED7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose

This is the introductory course for learners pursuing doctoral, education specialists, and post-master's certification within the School of Education. Learners in this course focus on critical thinking and scholarly writing—requisite skills for graduate study and professional practice. This course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. In keeping with Capella University's focus on the scholar-practitioner model, learners also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8120 *
Institutional Research

This course provides learners with an overview of institutional research within the context of higher education. Learners examine the processes of compiling data (e.g., enrollment, degrees conferred, and retention), conducting ad hoc research studies, and managing institutional systems (e.g., faculty evaluation and alumni surveys). Learners also evaluate the impact of institutional research on both internal and external accountability and explore national, organizational, administrative, political, and ethical issues in institutional research. Prerequisite(s): ED7860.

4 quarter credits
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
ED8123 *
Statistics for Educational Research 2

Learners in this course apply statistical analyses appropriate to different research contexts using SPSS, a statistical software package. Learners examine statistical concepts, including analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), correlation, regression, chi square, factor analysis, and post hoc and demonstrate different hypothesis testing techniques. Prerequisite(s): ED7864.

4 quarter credits






28 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This certificate does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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