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    Dec 04, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Qualitative Research Methods in Education Graduate Certificate

The 15 credit hour graduate certificate in qualitative research methods in education is an interdepartmental program of study that is administered by faculty within the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling. The certificate is intended for currently admitted University of Tennessee doctoral students (or individuals who have already earned a doctoral degree) wishing to develop their skills in conducting qualitative research studies. Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a doctoral program at the university or hold a terminal research degree.


  • EDPY 559  and EDPY 659 .
  • At least three upper-level qualitative courses such as: ANTH 531 , CCI 643 , CFS 650 , CSE 660 , CSE 526 , EDPY 631 , ELPS 617 , ELPS 618 , GEOG 516 , LEES 659 , NURS 607 , SOCI 640 .
  • Attainment of a minimum 3.5 grade point average in the certificate coursework.
  • Other courses may, where appropriate, be substituted for the courses listed above with the written permission of the certificate coordinator.
  • Individuals must submit an appropriate work sample (e.g., completed qualitative research report, completed qualitative research paper) that showcases their skills in qualitative research methods in education. This work sample will be reviewed by the ESM faculty.
  • Individuals must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tennessee or have earned a doctoral degree from UT or another university.
  • Individuals must complete all 15 credit hours of the courses listed above.
  • All courses must be completed within five years of applying for a certificate.

Contact the ESM Qualitative Research Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Lauren Moret, at for questions.