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The Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, will help you become a professional program evaluator. You will gain real-world experience in performing evaluation studies under the direction of seasoned professionals, including how to improve the quality of programs of all types and sizes. The field of Evaluation has grown dramatically in the United States and around the globe. Career opportunities include state and federal agencies, non-profits, educational institutions, health care, or independent consulting. Those who complete this certificate have priority admission into WVU’s Evaluation and Research Master’s Degree Program.
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Professional evaluators work to systematically investigate and help improve the quality and value of programs of all types and sizes, including charitable, educational and school-based, government, health-care, human service and recreational programs. Using many different tools and skills across the spectrum of research and evaluation traditions, evaluators gain a deep understanding of a program and communicate information that guides those who fund, design and implement the program in spending their investments wisely.
Evaluators work closely with people who fund the evaluation, and those who deliver and are impacted by the program, to gain a deep understanding of the program, its impacts, and its value. Using many different tools and skills across the spectrum of research and evaluation traditions, evaluators develop and communicate information that informs people who fund, design, implement, and utilize programs being evaluated.
Students in the certificate program develop an individualized plan of study with their faculty advisor and gain real-world experience in performing evaluations under the direction of seasoned professionals.
Those who complete the program, and who are interested in further graduate training in the field, will have priority admission into WVU’s master’s degree in Program Evaluation and Research.
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