Advanced Research Methods Certificate

The Advanced Research Methods (ARM) Certificate is a graduate-level certificate in Education & Social Sciences Advanced Research Methods (ARM), offered by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. The program allows graduate students the opportunity to add to their degree's minimum requirements for training in research methodology, and to obtain academic validation for their additional efforts.

Who can obtain the ARM Certificate?

  •   Graduate students in all departments in the CEHD
  •   Graduate students in departments outside the CEHD, at Texas A&M University who wish to add  to their social science research training
  •   Professionals in the Bryan/College Station community who wish to improve their research skills.

While the ARM Certificate does not show up on your diploma it will be added to your transcript.  The certificate allows graduate students the opportunity to add to their degree's minimum requirmennts for training in research methodology, and to obtain academic validation for their additional efforts. Students are taught to master advanced competencies in education and social sciences research methods, with emphasis on quantitative or qualitative approaches to prepare to both engage in social science research and to teach these methods. As part of the certificate completion requirements, students will provide evidence of submission of a manuscript for publication as the main author, or as a co-author. Such requirement facilitates students' initiation into the academic publication process, and allows them to become more ‘marketable' in today's competitive hiring practices.

The ARM Certificate is offered as a "stand alone" program for individuals who possess basic and intermediate research methods training. Prospective students who wish to acquire advanced social sciences and education research skills (due to requirements stemming from their current jobs) would be able to obtain the certificate with an investment of 12 credit hours, as opposed to 32-36 hours required for a Master's degree. The certificate might represent an attractive option for already-graduated Master's students (from CEHD or other schools/colleges), who wish to enhance or refresh their potentially dated research methods training.

When ALL requirements are complete, or during your final semester, submit this form that documents courses taken, submission (and receipt by journal) of article for publication, Graduate Chair's approval and signature and Department Head's signature.

Course Requirements

4 Advanced* Quantitative or Qualitative (or mixed methods)

  • Research Methods Courses
  • Advanced Courses: Only courses identified as advanced, by the Research Certificate Committee will be eligible for credit (see list below)
  • 12 hours

Requirement for Completion: Evidence of submission of a research-based article, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, as main author or co-author.

Grade Requirement: In order to qualify for the Certificate, only courses for which students earned grades A, B, or S will be counted toward the Certificate.

Publication

Students pursuing the ARM Certificate must author, or co-author, a publication. Only research-based articles are valid. While what constitutes research-based reporting may vary across fields, journal articles formatted as commentaries, letters-to-the-editor, teaching tips, or non-systematic reviews of the literature are not eligible to fulfill the ARM journal article submission requirement (systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses do count, however). The submitted article can come from the student's thesis or dissertation, or a paper written for class, but may not be a book chapter. It must be a journal article.

The journal article submitted for publication does not have to be accepted before graduation.

To apply

  1. Communicate with your dissertation/thesis chair to:

    • Discuss intent to pursue the certificate
    • Determine a plan for taking the 12 hours of advanced research methods courses
  2. Follow the plan to take the 12 hours of advanced research methods courses.
  3. Write and submit research-based journal article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, prior to completing all course requirements for the ARM certificate (you should be the main author or a co-author).
  4. When ALL requirements are complete, or during your final semester, complete this form that documents:

    • Courses taken
    • Submission (and receipt by journal) of article for publication
    • Graduate Chair's approval and signature
    • Department Head's signature
  5. Submit a copy of the form AND a copy of the letter (from journal) acknowledging receipt of manuscript to your Graduate Advisor in your department.
  6. Graduate advisor requests - by memo sent to the Registrar's Office, through the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the CEHD - that the certificate be transcripted into your official academic transcript, upon graduation.

Student may apply even if they have already taken all (or most) of the 12 credit hours, as long as their chair approves it. Course credits already taken for a degree plan may be applied toward the ARM certificate. Advanced-level research methods courses previously taken that are not listed on the approved course list may be applied to the ARM requirrements, if they are approved by the committee overseeing the ARM Certificate.