Interdisciplinary Educational Intervention Research Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

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 course work.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
PSY/HDFS/EDPSY 578Contemporary Issues in Interdisciplinary Educational Intervention Sciences3
Choose 1 of 2 program evaluation courses:3
Design and Evaluation of Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Across the Life Span
Contemporary Issues in the Evaluation of Educational Programs
Choose 1 of 3 multi-level modeling courses:3
Multilevel Regression Models
Multilevel Methods for Developmental Research
Hierarchical Linear Modeling in Educational Research
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):3
Best Practices in Preventive Intervention
Clinical Child Interventions
School-Based Psychological Interventions for Children and Youth
Classroom and School-Wide Management Practices in Special Education
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Karen Linn Bierman
Program Contact

Karen Linn Bierman
521 Moore Building
Department of Psychology
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-3879