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Graduate Certificate in Classroom Assessment

School of Education & Human Development

Overview

Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Fully Online Online and on campus classes

Learn how assessments in education both support and hinder individuals in diverse groups. There are many biases to be aware of and overcome as we create more culturally inclusive assessments moving forward. We prepare students to be leaders in schools and districts who can advocate for change using data.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn 

The Classroom Assessment Certificate is designed for educators such as teachers, administrators, coaches, program leaders, and curriculum leaders, who desire to learn how to develop, select, use, administer, and interpret educational assessments. The goal of this fully online certificate is for participants to become well-informed assessment designers and developers, critical assessment consumers, assessment evaluators, and advocators of reliable, valid and fair assessments for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Students will: 

  • Develop quality assessments, whichprovidereliable and valid information for making instructional decisions at the classroom and at the school level. 
  • Become aware of the role of classroom assessment in the context ofhigh stakestesting and how it can help to maximize student learning and achievement. 
  • Become critical users of assessment instruments and assessment information.
  • Become users, developers, and advocates of assessments, which are fair, reliable, and valid for diverse populations.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development 

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career in educational research and evaluation. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country. 

Sample Courses

  • RSEM 5600 - Issues in Assessment Development3 credits
  • RSEM 5610 - Formative and Summative Assessment in the Classroom3 credits
  • RSEM 5620 - Analyzing, Using, and Reporting Assessment Results3 credits
  • RSEM 7050 - Methods of Survey Research3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:12

Admission Requirements


This program has rolling admissions. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

Application Requirements

  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the certificate and your special strengths 
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)

Application​ deadlines


Rolling decision

Additional Information


Our students come from a wide array of education backgrounds, usually educational and often psychological.

After gaining admission to the program, your course of study will guide you through the various competencies that are required. At the end of the program, you'll complete a practicum, an independent study project, or a master's thesis. You will need to perform satisfactorily on a written, comprehensive examination.