Qualitative Research Certificate

Graduate Certificate

The Qualitative Research Certificate consists of four three-credit hour courses (12 credit hours) developed to prepare students and professionals to understand a broad and in-depth knowledge of qualitative research approaches and to conduct qualitative research studies.

Over recent years, qualitative research has been increasingly conducted and influential in educational research across disciplines.

The Qualitative Research Certificate within the College of Education at Purdue University requires students to obtain a minimum grade of B for each course while also maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0. This certificate program accepts applications from Purdue University graduate students from any Purdue West Lafayette graduate programs.

This residential program has rolling admission. Applications must be fully complete and submitted (including all required materials) and all application fees paid prior to the deadline in order for applications to be considered and reviewed. For a list of all required materials for this program application, please see the “Admissions” tab below.

July 1 is the deadline for Fall applications.

November 15 is the deadline for Spring applications.

March 15 is the deadline for Summer applications.


This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at licensure@purdue.edu before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.


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Application Instructions for the Qualitative Research Certificate from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), the following materials are required for admission consideration, and all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

Here are the materials required for this application:

We encourage prospective students submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Campus and Program Tab:
    • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Curriculum and Instruction
  • First Choice Program Details Tab:
    • Please select an Area of Interest: Curriculum Studies
    • Please select a Degree Objective: Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate
    • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Program Requirements

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Required Courses

  • EDCI 61500: Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 cr.)
    A course providing an introduction to qualitative research methods in education.
  • EDCI 61600: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis in Educational Research (3 cr.)
    A course focused on collection and analysis of qualitative data
  • Elective #1: with focus on qualitative methods (3 cr.)
  • Elective #2: with focus on qualitative methods (3 cr.)
  • CAND 99100: Candidate (Must be registered as a candidate for graduation to receive the Certificate)
    Candidate registration should be completed through the Office of Graduate Studies when registering for the final course. Student must contact the office directly at education-gradoffice@purdue.edu. Failure to register properly will result in a delay of being awarded the certificate
  • Elective Courses
    • EDCI 567: Action Research in Science Education
    • EDCI 59100: Research in International Contexts
    • EDCI 591: Technology for Qualitative Research
    • EDCI 612: Literacy Research Methodologies
    • ANTH 605: Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis
    • COM 584: Historical/Critical Research in Communication
    • HDFS 679: Qualitative Research on Families
    • TECH 697: Qualitative Research Methods in Technology Studies
    • WGSS 680: Feminist Theory
    • WGSS 682: Issues in Feminist Research and Methodology
    • Other elective courses may be approved (before completing) by the faculty advisor in the home department in conjunction with the Qualitative Research Certificate coordinator in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction


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