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Educational Assessment (Certificate)

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Educational Assessment (Certificate)

The purpose of this program is to provide aspiring and practicing educators, educational leaders, and others invested in schools with the practical knowledge and skills needed to engage in valid and ethical assessment practices that guide decision making to inform teaching practices and school/district policies.

Given the recent changes in educational policy at the national level (e.g., NCLB; Race to the Top), schools and districts need to provide ongoing evidence of student learning and achievement. This means that all members of school/district communities need to become versed in a variety of assessment activities, multiple methods for interpreting and summarizing data, and constructing sound educational policy and practices that are supported by the local evidence provided in schools. This certificate program is the first and only in New Jersey that is specifically designed to prepare educators for using assessment data to inform instruction.

Along with the Educational Assessment certificate, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Educational Leadership (MA), Educational Leadership (MA – Online), and Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the application page for international students to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps needed to apply, as well as all of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admission
  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Educational Assessment (Certificate) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • International Students: The TOEFL is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Moreover, International students must have their transcripts evaluated by an approved evaluator. Please check our international applicants page for more information.

This program requires the completion of 3 courses for 9 semester hours. It has a flexible format to fit into your busy life. The 4 courses are in a Hybrid Delivery Format. Earn the certificate within 1 year. For more information, please visit the program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Educational Assessment (Certificate) Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Dr. Nicole Barnes
Office: University Hall 2129
Telephone: 973‑655‑3028