Qualitative Research - Graduate Certificate

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration
300 White Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2012
www.kent.edu/ehhs/fla


Description

The Qualitative Research graduate certificate is for students who wish to improve their ability to design, conduct, analyze and quality-assess qualitative approaches to research used in the context of funded research, educational assessment, program evaluation, critical, creative, exploratory, or theoretical endeavors or other applications. The courses in this program offer students inter- and trans-disciplinary opportunities to learn and develop skills in qualitative methodologies, including grounded theory, phenomenology, ethnography and descriptive approach; as well as methods, including observation, interviewing, transcription, data analysis, use of software, analytic memoing and others.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of reference
  • Résumé

Review of applications will be handled by one of the certificate co-coordinators, who will also evaluate prerequisites (if substitute syllabi are submitted by student). For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Argue for the value of qualitative methodological approaches and help others understand the value of this form of inquiry to enhance understanding within their respective fields.
  2. Critique and review a wide variety of qualitative research in their respective fields.
  3. Create and enact a variety of forms of high-quality, ethical qualitative research in their respective fields.

Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements

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Certificate Requirements
Introductory Electives, choose from the following: 13
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN GEOGRAPY
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
QUALITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY
Design/Analysis Electives, choose from the following:6
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN GEOGRAPY
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS
QUALITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY
Certificate Electives, choose from the following: 29
MIXED METHODS RESEARCH
PRACTITIONER INQUIRY
GROUNDED THEORY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH
CRITICAL SOCIAL RESEARCH
SPECIAL TOPICS: EVALUATION AND MEASUREMENT
GEOGRAPHIES OF MEMORY AND HERITAGE
RESEARCH IN MUSIC EDUCATION
PHILOSOPHY OF MUSIC EDUCATION
SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC EDUCATION
ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY
Minimum Total Credit Hours:18
1

These courses can be used to fulfill the requirement for other required courses if the following conditions are met: (1) the course was not previously taken to fulfill the required first course requirement; (2) the course is outside of the student's primary major or degree area.

2

Other courses that may be applied toward this elective requirement are special topics and independent study courses offered by faculty/departments with courses represented by the certificate—or in Anthropology (ANTH), Computer Science (CS), Interior Design (ID) or in others—as approved by a program co-coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Certificate GPA
3.000
  • Students declared in a doctoral degree should enroll in the doctoral-level version of these courses if offered.
  • Prior coursework may be counted for all requirements, as long as it is substantially similar as judged by syllabi from the course and is less than six years old at time of earning the certificate. Students may substitute courses at the discretion of the program coordinators.