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Program of Studies
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies

Qualitative research includes a wide range of approaches that have different purposes, and underlying theories of knowledge. Nevertheless, the essential understandings and skills required of this methodology take some time to develop. The program of studies in the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies then asks that the selection of courses develop increasing levels of understanding and skill, as well as know a more specific approach in some detail.

The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies requires four (4) courses, selected across the three levels (see below). Any exception to this must be approved by the co-director(s) and may be made in extenuating circumstances (e.g., offering has been discontinued, etc). In addition the Certificate requires students to participate in at least one culminating experience via the Interpretive Research Suite and Carter Qualitative Thought Lab (see below).

Required Level 1 Courses (MUST SELECT ONE)

EDUC 830: Field Techniques in Educational
SOCI 720: Participant Observation & In-Depth Interviewing
NURS 977: Qualitative Methods

Required Level 2 Courses (MUST SELECT ONE)

EDUC 868: Advanced Qualitative Analysis
EDUC 883: Case Study Methods
ANTH 860: (FOLK 860) Art of Ethnography
NURS 979: Qualitative Analysis

Level 3 Courses (MUST SELECT TWO)

ANTH 808: Researching and Writing Lives
ANTH 809: Ethnographic Methods
EDUC 905: Discourse Analysis
FOLK 841: Performance Ethnography
EDUC 977: Autoethnography
EDUC 974:Critical Social Theory Explored Through Media
EDUC 878: Meta-Ethnography
ANTH 897: Ethnographic Research Design

There is a course planning form available online, periodic meetings are held, and the Co-Director(s) are available to meet and discuss advising. Please note that a maximum of credit 4 hours can be drawn from required coursework in the student's graduate program.

Interpretive Research Suite & Carter Qualitative Thought Lab (or QuaLab)

In addition to course requirements for the Certificate Program, students will be required to participate in activities sponsored the School of Education's new Interpretive Research Suite and Carter Qualitative Thought Lab. The Thought Lab is envisioned as a space to offer meaningful opportunities via hands-on practical activities as well as a place to bring together students in the Certificate Program. Currently, the IRS enables students to work with a range of qualitative software, including Atlas.ti, NVivo, DeDoose, Digital Storytelling Software and Voice Recognition Software for Transcription. In addition, the CQTL offers three activities for engaging student involvement.

First, students may participate in research-oriented activity related to the I-SEEC Change project (Innovative Studies for Engaging Educational Community Change), the overarching signature research project of the CQTL.

Second, students may participate in a teaching-oriented activity toward developing mastery of specific software and then teaching that software in workshops, within courses and/or to small groups interested in learning the software to demonstrate that mastery.

Third, students may participate in service-oriented activity toward developing an on-line repository of teaching ideas, practices, units, exercises, etc. appropriate for an introductory course in qualitative research methods.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend any guest lectures, workshops, and discussion groups facilitated as part of the IRS & CQTL. After satisfactory participation in at least one of the three IRS & CQTL activities above (as assessed by the Director), a student will have completed all requirements for the Certificate Program.