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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

This certificate has 12 total credit hours plus three prerequisite courses that total 9 credit hours.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

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The Graduate Certificate program is on hold until further notice and will not be accepting applications at this time. Please check back when this program will become available.

Education Informatics Certificate

The Graduate Certificate program is on hold until further notice and will not be accepting applications at this time. Please check back when this program will become available.

The broad field of informatics employs large data sets and includes computer processing and data analysis. This certificate prepares graduate students to perform quantitative analyses on large databases relevant to education and human development within positions in various institutions or as independent consultants.

The certificate benefits students by giving them a focused avenue for pursuing a career in the growing field of data analytics. It benefits society by producing a group of qualified, competent data analysts whose work will lead to the understanding and improvement of programs in educational, business, governmental and other settings.

Program Details

The Graduate Certificate program is on hold until further notice and will not be accepting applications at this time. Please check back when this program will become available.

When applying to the Education Informatics Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $50
  • Currently enrolled in a master’s, specialist or doctoral program at Georgia State University
  • PAWS Degree Evaluation (upload with the application)
  • Official transcript: minimum 3.3 GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)

A Certificate in Education Informatics is available from the College of Education & Human Development to eligible students enrolled in a master’s, specialist or doctoral program at Georgia State. To earn this certificate, students must complete a minimum of four 3-credit-hour graduate research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in these courses, with no grade lower than a B- in any course counted toward the certificate. The certificate program must be completed within four years from the term when the first course in the program was taken, not including prerequisite courses.

The three required courses in this certificate are the following:*

  • EPRS 8600 Computer Use in Educational Research (3)
  • EPRS 8710 Text Mining in Education and Human Development (3)
  • EPRS 8610 Advanced Computer Methods for Educational Research (3)

Select one course from the following list:*

  • EPRS 8840  Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8660  Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 9350  Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPS 8780  Social Network Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8830  Survey Research, Sampling Principles, and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8800  Independent Study (3)

*Other courses as recommended by the certificate coordinator and approved by the department chairperson.

Prerequisites. The prerequisite courses for the certificate are the following: EPRS 8530 (Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I), EPRS 8540 (Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II), and EPRS 8550 (Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III), or equivalent.


To be eligible to earn the certificate, students must:

  • be enrolled in a graduate program at Georgia State
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.3 to apply

Normal Time to Complete Program

The certificate program requires 4 courses which are 3 credit hours each. Students must also have 3 prerequisite courses which total 9 credit hours. An estimated time-frame to complete the certificate program is two years, excluding the prerequisite courses. Students may be able to apply the coursework in the certificate program to their degree programs.

Information is available on the Student Financial Services site.

The two goals for the Certificate in Education Informatics are the following:

1) to benefit society by improving data analysis, especially with large databases in education and human development, thus leading to the existence of better programs, and

2) to benefit individual students by providing another avenue for students to pursue a career in data analysis related to education and human development, which likely will support research endeavors and/or program evaluation.

Students who complete the Certificate in Education Informatics will be able to:

  1. Develop research questions and/or exploratory data analysis approaches for large data sets in education and human development areas,
  2. Select statistical and/or measurement models relevant to the information needed from database analyses,
  3. Select software programs able to compute various analyses on large databases,
  4. Compute analyses on large databases and
  5. Contribute to a comprehensive, context-appropriate report for educators and personnel in human development based on a database analysis.

Learning Outcomes and Assessments
The Research, Measurements and Statistics (RMS) faculty evaluate students on learning outcomes for the certificate which are assessed in courses the student takes. The learning outcomes below are assessed based on the student’s ability to work with large databases relevant to education and human development.

The student is able to…

  • access large databases
  • analyze large databases
  • address exploratory investigations or research question(s) with appropriate methodology
    communicate methods and results very well in a written report



The Education Informatics Certificate aids in the preparation of students to be employed as:

  • Survey Researchers or Survey Methodologists
  • Program Analysts
  • Research methodology and quantitative methods with knowledge of statistics

People holding the certificate may be employed to analyze large databases, which are found in school systems, state departments of education, the federal government, international agencies and non-governmental organizations.


Dr. Jennifer Esposito
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Mailing Address and Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 450
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

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