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Mixed Methods Research, Graduate Certificate

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Program Description

The pressure to conduct research by federal, state and accreditation agencies is becoming more and more prevalent in a variety of settings including academia and health care. Research is increasingly reliant on mixed methods techniques. 

The Mixed Methods Research Graduate Certificate is an 18 credit hour, stand-alone credential that can provide you with the research skills necessary to fulfill this very important need.

This fully online program will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Update your research skills and demonstrate knowledge in Mixed Methods Research
  • Add a valuable credential to your resume/vitae to help advance your career
  • Complete the certificate in as little as one calendar year (While this is technically possible, it may not be advisable based on your work and family responsibilities.)
  • Incorporate the certificate into a UNL master's degree in Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods, or other graduate program with adviser approval
  • Gain critical foundational skills needed for doctoral work

As a student in the Mixed Methods Research Graduate Certificate program, you will benefit from the wealth of experience of nationally recognized academic researchers and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology.

The department was established in 1908 and is one of the founding departments of UNL's College of Education and Human Sciences.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change in July of each year.

Rates shown are for students taking only online/distance courses. Students enrolled in a combination of In Person/On Campus Courses and Online/Distance Education Courses should visit Student Accounts for complete tuition and fee information.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$325.50$25.00$11.00$4.00$365.50
3 credit hour$976.50$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,096.50


 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$609.00$25.00$11.00$4.00$649.00
3 credit hour$1,827.00$75.00$33.00$12.00$1,947.00

Note: Students will be charged a $20 registration fee per semester. 

Students who are non-degree seeking do not qualify for federal financial aid and loans. Please contact UNL's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 402.472.2030 for more information.

The online Mixed Methods Research Graduate Certificate requires 18 credit hours. The courses listed below are all available online and will fulfill the requirements for the certificate.

With adviser approval, students can transfer in a maximum of six credit hours from other accredited institutions. Additional course options are available on-campus for students in the Lincoln area. Please contact Dr. Charles Ansorge for more information.

Course Name
Course #
Core Courses

Statistical Methods

EDPS 859
Computation and interpretation of measures of central position, variability and correlation; introduction to sampling, probability, and tests of significance.

Applications of Selected Advanced Statistics

EDPS 860

Prereq: EDPS 859

Variety of parametric and nonparametric analyses, including analysis of variance (completely randomized design and various factorial designs), regression analysis, analysis of covariance, full model stepwise multiple regression, chi square Mann-Whitney U, and Wilcoxon test. Understanding and application of these analyses. Appropriate mainframe and microcomputer statistical packages utilized to assist in the numerical analysis of data.

Introduction to Educational and Psychological...

EDPS 870

Introduction to Educational and Psychological Measurement

Prereq: EDPS 859 or equivalent

Introduction to the construction, evaluation, and ethical use of measurement instruments commonly used in education and psychology. Test construction principles, item analysis, reliability, validity, ethical issues in testing, and evaluation of standardized tests.

Qualitative Approaches to Educational Research


Prereq: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent. Uses of qualitative research methods in education. The theoretical premises of research using qualitative methods and the application of this information through critique and planning research.  Qualitative methods for data collection.

Seminar in Qualitative Research (TEAC 935)

EDPS 935

Prereq: EDPS 900K or permission

Seminar intended for doctoral-level students who have completed an initial qualitative research methodology course and who want to increase their skills in qualitative research. Data collection and analysis strategies and the application of those strategies to research problems.

Mixed Methods Research

EDPS 936

Prereq: EDPS 800 or equivalent, and EDPS 900K

EDPS 936 is for students already familiar with quantitative and qualitative research. An introduction to mixed methods research as a distinct methodology in social science research Topics include the value and use of this approach, philosophical assumptions, various types of design, and approaches to designing and conducting mixed methods research.

In order to register for courses, you will need to contact Dr. Ansorge for a permission code.  Registration is completed through an online program called MyRed.

The Educational Psychology faculty at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are uniquely qualified in mixed methods research. Faculty member Dr. John Creswell founded the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research (OQMMR) in 2002 and it has since evolved into an advanced-level research office.

The affiliated faculty and staff are actively involved in scholarly and teaching activities to promote and advance our understanding of qualitative and mixed methods research and how these methods can be applied in social, behavioral, and health science research.

Major activities of the OQMMR faculty include:

  • Providing research methods expertise for faculty developing proposals for external funding
  • Serving as methodological consultants for individuals with funded projects
  • Offering training on qualitative data analysis and using qualitative data analysis software (such as N6, Atlas.ti, and MAXQDA2007)
  • Providing research assistants trained in collecting and analyzing qualitative data within qualitative and mixed methods research studies
  • Assisting with preparing scholarly manuscripts for conference presentation and publication
  • Housing the editorial offices for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (Sage Publications). This journal is co-edited by John W. Creswell (UNL) and Abbas Tashakkori (Florida International University) and Vicki L. Plano Clark (UNL) currently serves as the managing editor
  • Teaching research methods courses offered through the Department of Educational Psychology's QQPM Graduate Program and offering workshops on qualitative and mixed methods research
  • Offering workshops on qualitative and mixed methods research to local, national, and international audiences

Our faculty will assist you in developing your talents and achieving your academic and professional goals. 

Program Faculty

Tony Albano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Charles Ansorge, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • Bachelor's degree 

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  2. Apply and be admitted to the Department of Educational Psychology :
    • Contact Dr. Charles Ansorge, Certificate Coordinator to let him know of your interest in pursuing the Mixed Methods Research certificate option
    • Personal statement
    • Vitae/resume
    • Scholarly writing sample(s) - optional
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • The GRE may not be required for some students, contact Dr. Ansorge to discuss your individual circumstances

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a continual basis.  Please contact Dr. Ansorge for more information.


Online Worldwide Educational Representative

Admissions Contact
Phone: 402.472.2875

Program Contact
Charles Ansorge
Phone: 402.423.8845

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