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Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate Program in Institutional Research provides the formal training institutional researchers need in an era of increased federal and state reporting requirements, legal mandates, extensive use of “data mining,” and pressure for accountability. The number of Institutional Research Offices on campuses is expanding with even the smallest institution needing a trained academic as an institutional researcher. This program was designed with support from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). It meets the set of knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by AIR for institutional researchers. The UMSL campus collaborates with the UM campuses (MU and UMKC) n delivering this program.

This program is intended to be a post-Master’s degree program. It consists of an 18-hour program of study including 12 hours of required core courses (6 hours in research methods and 6 hours in IR seminars), plus a 3-hour Higher Education or an Educational Research elective and a 3-hour capstone. Students may transfer up to 5 hours of post-Master’s work into the program with the approval of the advisor.

The courses are delivered through a variety of methods. Students can engage in part-time or full-time study for the certificate. In addition to students from higher education, we encourage doctoral students from related areas in the social sciences to take all or part of the certificate.

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What UMSL Education has to offer

UMSL’s College of Education is a hub of innovation, where diverse scholars, practitioners and education-focused entrepreneurs converge to problem solve, incubate and develop ideas and modes of practice that propel the entire field of education forward. The college provides a plethora of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that prepare and sustain culturally competent, dedicated and highly trained teachers for a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. The college also prepares administrators, counselors, school psychologists, behavior analysts, educational scholars and entrepreneurs. One of the state of Missouri’s largest prepares of educators, the college is consistently recognized for its excellence in teacher preparation. Its innovative Studio School model – which has the college partnering with more than 30 local schools – allows for collaborative practicum experiences that enrich future teacher’s learning while also strengthening the St. Louis region as a whole. 

Regularly available for student guidance and support, the College of Education's Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS) offers students an unmatched resource for the planning, development and execution of their degree or degrees in education.

By partnering with a vast array of educational, business and community resources, the College of Education provides opportunities for students to develop professional connections for improving their careers as well as their communities. Graduates find jobs not only in schools, but in museums, zoos, nonprofit youth serving organizations, businesses, government agencies, national education organizations and art foundations.

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