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    Dec 08, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Qualitative Research Methods in Education Graduate Certificate


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The 12-credit hour graduate certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education 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.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type

Stand-Alone (earned doctoral degree required)

Add-On (doctoral candidate)

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • 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.
  • To apply for the certificate, submit the certificate application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Academic Standards

Attainment of a minimum 3.50 graduate grade point average in the certificate coursework.

Credit Hours Required

12 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • ESM 559  and ESM 659  
  • And at least one of the following: ESM 668  or ESM 669  
  • At least one upper-level qualitative courses such as: ANTH 531 , CCI 643 , CFS 650 CSE 526 , CSE 660, EDPY 631, ELPS 618 , ESM 668 , ESM 669 , GEOG 516 , NURS 607 , SOCI 640 .
  • Attainment of a minimum 3.50 graduate 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 12 credit hours of the graduate courses listed above.
  • All courses must be completed within five years of applying for a certificate.
  • Refer to the Graduate Catalog for course descriptions

Non-Course Requirements

Contact the Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Leia Cain (leiacain@utk.edu) for questions.

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.

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