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Interdisciplinary Educational Intervention Research

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Karen Bierman
521 Moore Building, Department of Psychology
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-3879

This program meets the growing need for educational researchers by training students from a variety of related disciplines to conduct sound, cutting-edge research for the benefit of children in educational settings. These interdisciplinary educational researchers will be trained to advance scientific knowledge to support the work of practitioners and policymakers, with a particular focus on students who are at-risk for school difficulties and schools that serve economically-disadvantaged students. The 12-credit curriculum provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the design and evaluation of programs and policies that address contemporary educational challenges. Certificate courses address four core domains of translational educational research, including the use of developmental and epidemiological studies to inform the design of interventions, and rigorous evaluation of education interventions with advanced methodologies.

Admission Requirements:

This program is designed specifically for students pursuing research-focused doctoral programs in fields related to education, including educational psychology, school psychology, special education, developmental psychology, child-clinical psychology, or human development and family studies.  However, other graduate students interested in interdisciplinary training in the educational sciences will be eligible for this certificate after completing prerequisites for the certificate coursework.

 For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. All international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

1) PSY 578 (Cross-listed as HD FS 578, EDPSY 578) Contemporary Issues in Interdisciplinary Educational Intervention Sciences (3)
2) Choose 1 of 2 program evaluation courses: HD FS 506 Design and Evaluation of Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Across the Life Span or EDPSY 560 Contemporary Issues in the Evaluation of Educational Programs (3)
3) Choose 1 of 3 multi-level modeling courses: SOC 578 Multilevel Regression Models, HD FS 517 Multivariate Study of Change and Human Development, or EDPSY 557 Hierarchical Linear Models in Education Research (3)
4) Choose 1 elective 3-credit 500-level course that focuses on a content area of education intervention research. Options include (but are not limited to): HD FS 508 Best Practices in Preventative Intervention; PSY 576 Clinical Child Interventions; S PSY 535 School-Based Psychological Interventions for Children and Youth; SPLED 504 Classroom and School-Wide Management Practices in Special Education.

Effective Semester: Fall 2016
Expiration Semester: Fall 2021


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