Assessment and Evaluation (Graduate Certificate)

Assessment and Evaluation (Graduate Certificate)

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Why get a graduate certificate in assessment and evaluation?

The assessment and evaluation graduate certificate is designed for professionals in education who want to gain expertise in understanding and improving teaching, learning and educational programming. You’ll learn to design, develop and use educational tests,and to collect, analyze and interpret test data. You’ll explore a range of evaluation methods for analyzing the significance of data, the development of students and the success of program goals. You’ll be introduced to research methods and have the opportunity to research an issue in education in detail. Finally, you’ll learn the skills necessary for synthesizing information for decision-making in educational reform and policy.

Why get your assessment and evaluation certificate at UNH?

You can acquire expertise in assessment and evaluation efficiently and affordably at UNH—this post-baccalaureate certificate may be completed in one year and costs less than a two-year master's program. All courses are offered online,which provides schedule flexibility for working students. Mentorship is provided by faculty who are experts in their fields. Professionals in a variety of educational fields can benefit from this graduate certificate program, including teachers, administrators, social workers, psychologists and nonprofit educators.

Potential career areas

  • Assessment management
  • Curriculum design
  • District administration
  • Educational testing administration
  • Guidance counseling
  • Museum education
  • Program evaluation
  • School administration

Department of Education
Morrill Hall
University of New Hampshire
62 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2310
Fax: (603) 862-2174


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Curriculum & Requirements

The Certificate in Assessment & Evaluation provides the skills and knowledge to design, develop, implement, and analyze a broad range of assessment systems; evaluate teaching, learning and educational programming; and develop multiple strategies to synthesize and use data for decision­-making purposes.

Embedded in each of the courses is an emphasis on the role of broader policy contexts in assessment, evaluation, and decision­-making. The intended audience of this certificate may comprise of professionals in education, broadly defined. This includes public and private school teachers; education administrators; district office staff; and professionals working in the areas of psychology, social work, and family studies. This certificate could also be ideal for nonprofit professionals, including museum educators and any professional interested in a career change. This graduate certificate can be finished in one academic year through completion of four four­-credit courses consisting of three required courses and one elective.

Completion of the certificate requires at least 16 credits.

Required Courses
EDUC 885Introduction to Assessment4
EDUC 886Issues in Assessment: Historical Contexts, Perennial Dilemmas, Current Trends4
EDUC 972Introduction to Educational Evaluation4
Select one of the following:4
EDUC 882
Introduction to Research Methods
EDUC 884
Educators as Researchers
EDUC 958
Analysis of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 959
Issues in Education


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: Dec 1
  • Summer: April 15
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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