Qualitative Research (XQR)


The Qualitative Research Graduate Certificate provides an opportunity for graduate students and other professionals to gain a broad and in depth knowledge of qualitative reach, with an emphasis on the designs and methods used in studies of educational programs, processes, initiatives, settings and policies. Qualitative research is increasingly conducted and influential in educational research across disciplines, including adult, technology, science, public health, higher, Pre-K–12, and mental health education; and in other science, social science, and health disciplinary areas with educative aims.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Master's degree from a regionally accredit university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.




13 credit hours are required for the certificate.

  •  EDF 7478 – Qualitative Research in Education Part II (4)


Nine (9) credit hours of elective coursework are required. Students may choose a course from the following list, or substitute an elective course approved by the Graduate Certificate director.

  •  EDF 7426 – Action Research in Schools (3)
  •  EDG 7368 – Visual Research Methods (3)
  •  Any graduate course in qualitative research (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

The certificate can be completed in two years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Course credits earned in the certificate may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Jennifer Wolgemuth
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Todd Williams
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