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Educational Assessment Certificate Program

What can I do with an Educational Assessment certificate?

Professionals completing this program will:

  • Understand the ethical and political perspectives of assessment in order to evaluate a variety of classroom-based and standardized assessments.
  • Know how to critically examine a variety of summative assessment strategies and practices in order to construct valid assessments to meet specific educational objectives.
  • Be able to plan for, create and use summative assessments that are intended to measure student learning and growth in students’ knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technical issues related to classroom assessments in order to analyze and interpret various school- and district-level assessment data.

What is the program structure?

This 12-credit program can be completed in one year with no specific course sequence required. Each class is provided in a hybrid format that combines online and classroom sessions to maximize flexibility.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants must submit their official transcripts (one from each college attended), the completed online application, an essay, one letter of recommendation and an application fee.

Is there an application deadline?

This program has rolling admissions. Applications are accepted online at


If you have any questions about the Educational Assessment certificate program, please contact one of our Graduate Program Coordinators:

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact The Graduate School at Montclair State University at
or 973-655-5147.

Given the recent changes in educational policy at the national level (e.g., NCLB, Race to the Top), schools and districts need to provide ongoing evidence of student learning and achievement. The graduate certificate in Educational Assessment at Montclair State University provides aspiring and practicing educators, educational leaders and others invested in schools with the practical knowledge and skills needed to engage in valid and ethical assessment practices that guide decision making to inform teaching practices and school/ district policies. It is the first and only program in New Jersey that is specifically designed to prepare educators for using assessment data to inform instruction.

Visit our website at for more information about this certificate program or to apply.

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