Joint Certificate Program in International Educational Data Analysis (IEDA)

Offered jointly by the Program in Educational Culture, Policy and Society (ECPS), Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and Program in Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods (EPQM), Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo, USA.

This joint Certificate Program in International Educational Data Analysis is aimed at rigorous preparation in data collection and analysis as related to key educational issues nationally and cross nationally.

Students in the program receive training in both quantitative (statistics) and qualitative (e.g., ethnographic, participant observation, in depth interviewing) research methods. Whether as a consumer or producer, researchers and policy makers are increasingly expected to exhibit familiarity with both approaches. Students will be trained in mixed methods research in the service of broad and significant research questions in education. Training in mixed methods research is increasingly necessary, and the University at Buffalo is well positioned to offer opportunities to consider and produce mixed methods research studies and policy reports. As such, we are at the cutting edge of research possibilities with regard to national and cross-national educational analysis.

Required courses explore the role that education, P-16+, plays in the larger society in a wide range of nations. Courses focus on the links between educational institutions and broader social, cultural, political and economic forces. They additionally focus on national and cross-national comparisons of educational policies and practices central to policy makers and practitioners. These include educational reform agendas, as well as key policy issues such as class size, STEM education, accountability, high-stakes testing, school choice, gender specific schooling, government support of education, and access to postsecondary education for underrepresented groups.

The purpose of the certificate

This certificate is appropriate for master and doctoral students who want advanced training in both quantitative and qualitative methods as well as those looking to apply research skills to address specific problems in national and cross-national education research.

This certificate attests that an individual is competent in both quantitative and qualitative methods required to analyze data collected in national and cross-national empirical research:

• that s/he has learned a range of quantitative and qualitative methods;
• that s/he has attained a good understanding of educational issues in a wide range of nations;
• that, in the coursework, s/he has gained experience in applying the appropriate research methods to actual data and interpreting the results of analysis.


Students are required to take six courses to obtain the certificate. These courses can be taken as regular programmatic course offerings and requirements in either ECPS or EPQM.

Required method courses:

CEP 523 Statistical Methods Inference II (4 credits); prerequisite: CEP 522 or equivalent
ELP 593 Qualitative Research Methods Part 1 (3 credits)
ELP 594 Qualitative Research Methods Part II (3 credits)

Required substantive courses:

ELP 585 Sociological Bases in Education (3 credits)
ELP 566 Comparative and Global Studies in Education (3 credits)

Two electives from the following options:
CEP 510 Psychometric Theories in Education
CEP 512 Survival Analysis
Prerequisite: CEP 522
CEP 526 Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
Prerequisite: CEP 523
CEP 525 Multivariate Analysis
Prerequisite: CEP 523
CEP 527 Large-Scale Data Analysis
Prerequisite: CEP 523 or equivalent
CEP 528 Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM)
Prerequisite: CEP 523
CEP 529 Applied Regression Analysis
Prerequisite: CEP 523
ELP 511 Comparative Higher Education
ELP 575 Education and Globalization
ELP 574 Education in Asia
ELP 589 Education and Socialization
ELP 586 Reading Urban Ethnographies
ELP 590 Education and Stratification
ELP 692 Case Study Research Methods

This certificate is available for new and current students. Students must earn a B or above in each course to have the course count towards the certificate.

For more information how to earn this certificate, please contact:

Dr. Seong Won Han
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
431 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-1080