Program of Study
A Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education is available from the College of Education and Human Development to eligible students enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of seven 3-credit-hour doctoral-level qualitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.
Four of the seven courses must be the following:
EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3)
EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning
The remaining three courses must be doctoral-level qualitative method courses, bearing a call number of 8000 or higher, from the approved list of certificate courses. The list is updated yearly and available in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. A current list of these courses is provided below:
EPRS 8450 Popular Culture as Qualitative Text (3)
EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
EPRS 9380 / ECE 9380 Discourse Analysis (3)
EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)
EPRS 9920 Special Topics in Qualitative Research (3)
ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
EPSF 9850 Historical Research in Twentieth Century American Education (3)
EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)
SOCI 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)
COMM 8160 Style and Narrative Analysis (3)
COMM 8410 Qualitative Methods (3)
Other Qualitative Methods courses as approved by the Certificate Coordinator and the Department Chair.
In addition, students must successfully defend a qualitative research dissertation. A faculty member from the Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) program of the Department of Educational Policy Studies is required to serve on the student’s dissertation committee.