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.
How to Apply
- 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
- Follow the plan to take the 12 hours of advanced research methods courses.
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Students 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 requirements, if they are approved by the committee overseeing the ARM Certificate.
- You must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university.
- Complete an Apply Texas Graduate Application and submit application fee. More information can be found here http://admissions.tamu.edu/graduate/apply.
- Submit official college transcripts from each institution attended, which must be received by application deadline date.
- Submit a professional resume or curricula vitae along with your application.
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.
- A culminating artifact (e.g. course assignment, paper, presentation, or project) from each certificate course. The ARM Certificate Course Verification form Advanced Research Methods Certificate Course Verification Form, in which the faculty of record verifies satisfactory student performance, must accompany each artifact.
- Manuscript of original research in which the student is listed as an author. The manuscript must use elements of methodological processes gained from one or more of the courses taken for the ARM certificate. While what constitutes as 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. Additionally, book chapters will not be accepted. 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.
- Evidence that the manuscript was submitted for review to a peer-reviewed journal. Acceptance for publication is not a requirement.
- Submit a two (2) page, double-spaced integrative reflection essay. See specific criteria below.
- Portfolio format includes:
- Title page that includes name, college, department, program, and committee chair
- Table of Contents
- Course Artifacts with Faculty Verification Forms
- Manuscript submitted for publication
- Evidence of journal submission
- Two page reflective essay
- Submit in one PDF or DOC. file to Patrice French, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The portfolio will be scored using the Advanced Research Methods Certificate Rubric. (See Appendix D).
- Students will submit their portfolio along with an ARM application.
Integrative Reflection Paper
Reflect on the research manuscript you submitted for publication. Briefly describe your research in lay terms. What knowledge, skills, and competencies from the certificate courses did you apply to the research manuscript? Refer to a specific page number in your manuscript that outlines the use of said skills. How will those knowledge, skills, and competencies be helpful beyond your current academic program?
Format: The reflection should be a maximum of two-pages, 12-point font, double-spaced.
Degree: Advanced Research Methods Certificate
Program Delivery: Traditional