Program Evaluation Certificate
College: College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies
Requirements for Program Evaluation Certificate
Program evaluation is the process of using social science research methods to study, appraise, and help improve programs in nonprofit organizations, educational systems, governmental departments, and businesses. Program evaluation is an important component of strategic planning working to improve the effectiveness of an organization. Program evaluation can employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The ability to conduct a research-based evaluation is valuable preparation for leadership roles in the workplace. Program evaluation includes not only the theory, research, multicultural, and data management skills of the social science disciplines but also verbal communication skills, report writing, teamwork, project management, strategic planning, and leadership.
Community Based Research
Classes in this program give students experiences working on projects for organizations in the community. Hands-on experience helps students to close the gap between theory and practice and strengthen their career development. Students in this certificate program learn how to use their social science knowledge to better understand the role of groups in social change, increasing their effectiveness in social action work. They develop analytical skills and learn methodological tools that are relevant for both the workplace and graduate study.
|SOCA 101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SOCA 295||Social Science Research Methods||3|
|SOCA 303||Program Evaluation||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Topics in Data Collection and Analysis|
|Research in Community Needs|
Another research course approved by the director
|SOCA 406||Advanced Program Evaluation||3|