Transfer Policy, Program Components, & Program Costs
Generous Transfer Credit Policy
The hallmark of our Evaluation Certificate Program is that it is tailored to a participant’s prior training, experience, and career goals. Prospective students meet with Evaluation Faculty (a conference call for those outside the area) to design a program of study that will help them build and demonstrate competency. Experienced evaluators with prior graduate courses and university-based professional development training may be able to complete this certificate for a relatively low cost, in a relatively short period of time (e.g., 2 semesters), mostly from a distant location.
Less experienced participants will be required to complete a more extensive sequence of workshops or courses, reading tutorials, and/or supervised practica to build competency in evaluation. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students from other programs at Claremont Graduate University, and from other universities across the globe, to earn a credential in evaluation and to enhance the opportunities and education afforded by their primary graduate degree. Again, most of the requirements can be completed from your home location.
In most instances, we are able to give transfer credit for Professional Development Workshops taken at annual professional association meetings (e.g., meetings of the American Evaluation Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, European Evaluation Society, Australasian Evaluation Association, and the like). In limited instances, we can provide partial credit for Professional Development Workshops provided by for-profit endeavors operating outside the traditional university system (subject to course material documentation and approval by our Academic Standards Committee).
Components of the Program
Those who have entered the program with prior graduate training in evaluation and research methodology have been required to complete the following study components:
Distance-Based Evaluation Courses
Psych 317a: Advanced Seminar in Evaluation Theory, Practice and Research (4 units over one 16-week semester - click here to download a recent syllabus)
Psych 316a: Advanced Methods for Evaluation (2 units over one 8-week module)
Each course is co-taught by two faculty members who interact with a small cohort of participants.
Professional Development in Evaluation
Participants are required to participate in 36-40 hours of relevant professional development (generally, the equivalent of 5 or 6 full-day workshops) from an approved provider. In most instances, we are able to give transfer credit for Professional Development Workshops taken at annual professional association meetings (e.g., meetings of the American Evaluation Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, European Evaluation Society, Australasian Evaluation Association, and the like). In limited instances, we can provide partial credit for Professional Development Workshops provided by for-profit endeavors operating outside the traditional university system (subject to course material documentation and approval by our Academic Standards Committee).
Claremont Graduate University provides an annual summer workshop series that has proven popular with past certificate participants.
Attendance of the American Evaluation Association Conference
Participation in the evaluation community is crucial to understanding the issues faced by professionals in the field today. Certificate program students gather once during their program for an annual reunion at the conference to meet with faculty and some program alumni face to face.
The capstone of the program is a competency-based examination which takes place at the completion of all other requirements. An emphasis on bringing all evaluators who participate in the program to a level of professional and academic excellence is central to Claremont’s philosophy of education.
Certificate participation costs depend on the amount of education and training you need to demonstrate the competencies listed above. Specific costs will be determined at the time you develop a program of study with our Evaluation Faculty. Most students are able to complete the entire certificate program for around $14,000, that is, 8 units of graduate tuition, less than one quarter of the cost of a Master’s degree.
If alumni of the certificate program apply to and are accepted into our Master’s or Doctoral programs in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, all previous certificate tuition and units will be transferred into the degree program.
Generous gifts to the Claremont Graduate University are helping us realize our vision of making high quality evaluation education accessible to a diverse group of working professionals and students. For example, our Summer Professional Development Workshops were offered for only $50 per day-long workshop for students and $75 for professionals during our early registration period.