Program of Study
A Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education is available from the College of Education and Human Development to eligible students enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of eight 3-credit-hour doctoral-level qualitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.
Four of the eight courses must be the following:
- EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3)
- EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
- EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
- EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning
The remaining four courses must be doctoral-level qualitative method courses, bearing a call number of 8000 or higher, from the approved list of certificate courses. The list is updated yearly and available in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. A current list of these courses is provided below:
- EPRS 8450 Popular Culture as Qualitative Text (3)
- EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
- EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
- EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
- EPRS 9380/ ECE 9380 Discourse Analysis (3)
- EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)
- EPRS 9820 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
- EPRS 9830 Research Ethics in the Professional and Social Sciences (3)
- EPRS 9920 Special Topics in Qualitative Research (3)
- EPSF 9850 Historical Research in American Education (3)
- EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)
- Other Qualitative Methods courses as approved by the Certificate Coordinator and the Department Chair.
In addition, students must successfully defend a qualitative research dissertation. A faculty member from the Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) program of the Department of Educational Policy Studies is required to be on the student’s dissertation committee.