Higher Education Assessment Specialist Certificate

Offered by: James Madison University
Type: Certificates
Format: Online (synchronous)
When Synchronous sessions scheduled in the evenings; days of the week vary
Average Time to Complete 2 years

About the Program

As a leader in assessment, JMU’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies and the faculty members of the Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program receive frequent requests for training, workshops, and presentations on assessment practice by institutions and individuals who are trying to meet accreditation and accountability demands. This certificate is designed to meet that need by assisting institutions in developing their own expertise while recognizing that busy assessment practitioners desire professional development that fits into their busy lives.

This online certificate program will provide you with the most up-to-date information about assessment practice in higher education and help you develop skills to apply that knowledge at your institution.

JMU’s Higher Education Assessment Specialist graduate certificate program offers professional development and certification for those wishing to engage in assessment practice at institutions of higher education. All coursework is delivered entirely online, making it convenient for your busy schedule.

Career Paths

  • Assessment practitioner, primarily in higher education

Courses & Requirements

12 Credit Hours

The Higher Education Assessment Certificate is 100% online and highly interactive. By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss policy issues in higher education and how policy affects assessment practice in colleges and universities.
  • Develop professional assessment skills, including instrument design and consultation, through applied projects and experiences.
  • Participate in all phases of the assessment process working on an assessment-related experience at his or her home institution.
  • Develop, select, and critique higher education assessment instruments guided by modern validity theory.
  • Identify the appropriate measurement tools and statistical analyses needed for common assessment situations.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for assessment practice including: interpersonal, consultation, and professional etiquette.

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Cost & Financial Aid

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Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Student Success Center
  • Career Center
  • Computer lab and student lounge
  • Cafe serving breakfast and lunch
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Learn more about student support resources available to JMU students.

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