SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
The certificate is designed for educators such as teachers, administrators, coaches, program leaders, and curriculum leaders, who desire to learn how to develop, select, use, administer, and interpret educational assessments.
The goal of this certificate is for participants to become well-informed assessment designers and developers, critical assessment consumers, assessment evaluators, and advocators of reliable, valid and fair assessments for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
The learning goals of the three‐course certificate are:
The certificate is designed as a three‐course sequence. Each course is designed to provide knowledge and skills that are considered building blocks for the next courses. The three courses are designed around four ideas, which are spiraled in the courses and allow participants to achieve the learning goals: assessment development, evaluation of assessments (validity, reliability, and fairness), consumers of assessments (selection of assessments and interpretation of large‐scale assessment data), and issues of validity, reliability, bias, and fairness of assessments for diverse populations.
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Tuition and fees are based largely on the class that you enroll in. Tuition amount assessed is determined based on which school/college is offering your class, as well as if it is an undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
The certificate consists of three courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. The courses must be taken in the order listed below. Courses may be taken individually or as part of an assessment certificate.
Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.
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Graduates with a Classroom Assessment Certificate go on to become:
RSEM 5600: Issues in Assessment DevelopmentThis course focuses on understanding the purpose, design and development process for large scale and classroom assessments. Item development will be emphasized including defining the knowledge and skills to be assessed; the nature of the task to be used to gather the information to reach specific knowledge and skills; and issues about reliability, validity, and fairness for classroom and large‐scale purposes. Issues of access and test bias will also be introduced to ensure appropriate inclusion for English language learners.
RSEM 5610: Formative and Summative Assessment in the classroomThis course focuses on assessment development in the context of a unit or module that will be implemented in classrooms or schools. Alignment of the curriculum and assessments will be introduced using a curriculum mapping process that will aid participants in creating valid, reliable and fair end of unit assessments. Considerations for appropriate assessment of English language learners will be emphasized.
RSEM 5620: Analyzing, Using, and Reporting Assessment ResultsThis course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for analyzing, using, and reporting assessment results, assessment of language proficiency and academic achievement of English language learners (ELLs), and learning and achievement in the context of accountability systems. Critical issues that K‐12 practitioners should know about large‐scale assessments will also be discussed.