No, the Certificate program of TEl is not a substitute for university experience. The Certificates are meant to augment and enhance the learning students acquire from institutions of higher education, and to offer alternative ways for individuals to add to their knowledge and skills for practicing evaluation. The Certificates and supporting curricula identify a range of subject matter needed for the conduct of high quality evaluations and TEl provides courses to help evaluators acquire knowledge and skills in those content areas.
Students are able to pursue the courses as they have time to best fit their specific interests and their most immediate needs. It is true, however, that the subject matter provided in many TEl courses are not available in university departments/colleges that offer degree programs in evaluation. (See next question.)
B. What are some benefits of attending TEl courses as compared to university work?
Some of the benefits include:
(1) Access to courses not offered through any universities in a concentrated instructional format
(2) Instruction from internationally and nationally recognized faculty who are noted for their expertise in evaluation theory and practice. TEI faculty receive outstanding ratings from participants taking their courses.
(3) Opportunities to interact and network with evaluators and those overseeing and managing evaluation projects from many different organizations in the U.S., Canada and abroad (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia) (Past and present TEl learners represent more than 80 countries.)
C. How much time does it take to complete the requirements for a TEl Certificate?
The Master Evaluator Certificate (MEC) requires the completion of the Certificate in Evaluation Practice (CEP) and the Certificate in Advanced Evaluation Practices (CAEP), plus development of a portfolio of experience targeted to key knowledge and skills used in evaluation practice. An individual can complete the first MEC requirement, the CEP, after 30 days of TEl classes, and the CAEP after an additional 30 days of class time. There is no overlap of coursework across the CEP and CAEP.
The Certificate in Analytic Evaluation Methods (CAEM) and the previous Quantitative Evaluation Methods (CQEM) requires 30 days of instruction. All the CQEM classes can be applied to the CEP and CAEP (i.e., by selecting electives carefully for the CEP and for the CEP and CAEP, one can, at the same time, and with no additional coursework, also complete the CAEM and previous CQEM).
The actual amount of time required to complete a certificate depends upon (a) whether one is just beginning or has previously taken courses through TEl, (b) how many courses are taken each time one attends a TEl program, (c) how many programs per year are attended, and (d) whether university credit is substituted for some of the TEl courses.
Courses taken as part of college/university degree programs may be substituted for TEI courses. Course substitutions may not exceed more than 10 units per Certificate (CEP, CAEP, CAEM/CQEM). (See Sections K, L, and M)
D. How much do the TEI Certificate Programs cost?
The TEI course fees vary in terms of the length of the course. You may select from one, two, three, and four day courses, each having a different fee. The course fees are listed on the TEI website.
E. Will the courses taken in previous TEl programs count toward the requirements for the Certificates?
Yes. This means that many TEl past participants have already satisfied a number of the requirements for one or more Certificates.
F. How can previous participants receive a record of attendance in previous TEl courses AND determine their current status in terms of meeting requirements for one or more of the Certificates?
Send an email request for a course history to the TEI office at firstname.lastname@example.org. A listing of TEI classes completed will be provided.
G. Can the same course count toward more than one Certificate?
The answer is yes and no. The CAEP is intended to provide opportunities for advanced learning and therefore, the same course does not count toward both the CEP and the CAEP. However, some courses taken to complete the CEP or CAEP Certificates can count toward the completion of the CAEM/CQEM. For example, Applied Measurement is an elective for both the CEP and the CAEP, and it is also a course option for the CAEM/CQEM. If one completes this course and has not already satisfied the elective course requirement for the CEP, this course will count for the CEP. If the CEP has already been awarded, this course could be rolled in to the elective requirement for the CAEP. And, in either case, it will also count for the CAEM/CQEM. So, while there is no overlap between the CEP and CAEP, there is overlap between the CEP/CAEP and the CAEM/CQEM Certificates. Note, too, that all the courses will count toward the Master Evaluator Certificate, given that both the CEP and CAEP are requirements for the MEC.
H. Do the courses have to be completed in any order?
While there is no set order for the completion of the courses satisfying the award of a certificate, it is recommended that individuals begin with the required courses for the CEP. The courses were grouped within the Certificate curricula to provide learners with an opportunity to be exposed to the most essential and most commonly used evaluation areas before going in depth with more specialized content. Thus, the first six courses of the CEP make sense to complete in the early part of completing the CEP Certificate. We recognize that a Certificate candidate may have a very pressing need for the content of a particular course at a particular time. In this instance, motivation to learn may outweigh any order that is suggested by a particular Certificate. Remember, all the courses count toward the Master Evaluator Certificate.
I. Can I split a course over more than one TEI Program (e.g., take the first day in DC and the second day in Chicago)?
No. TEI instructors typically make minor changes to course materials, incorporating the experiences of previous courses. Additionally, the pace of the class may differ depending on the participants.
J. Can one take courses that count toward the CAEP before finishing the CEP courses?
Yes. However, the CAEP will not be awarded until all the CEP coursework has been completed.
K. Can the CAEM/CQEM be awarded before the CAEP?
Yes. The CQEM can be completed absent completion of the CEP and CAEP. However, while it is not required, we do recommend that the Candidate complete at least the core-required courses of the CEP before completing the CAEM/CQEM. Note: Courses taken for the CAEM/CQEM will also count toward either the CEP or the CAEP.
L. What does one have to do to begin the Certificate program?
When you register for TEI courses you, we are automatically tracking the course you select and complete. Just let us know that you are pursuing one/more of the Certificates and we will flag your information in our database. Then, whenever you wish to receive a report showing progress to date, we are able to prepare a record of completed classes for you and for anyone else you might designate to receive that information.
M. Can one substitute college credit for some of the requirements for a TEl Certificate?
Yes. In certain instances, to be determined on an individual basis, college credit for a semester length course may be substituted for TEl credit. Substitutions may be permitted for up to one third of the requirements for a particular TEl Certificate (10 units of study). Note: University coursework should be recent, i.e., within the past 10 years. TEI courses for a certificate and university credit should expand a time no greater than 10 years.
N. What is the time limit for completion of a Certificate?
10 years maximum for combined TEl courses and any university work transferred in to substitute for TEl courses.
O. What must one do to request college credit substitution for TEI Certificate requirements?
The following is required for each course you wish to have credited to a Certificate:
1. Identify the TEI course for which you request a substitution
2. Describe the course you have completed and want to substitute for a TEI course (title, semester hours completed and grade, year completed, institution at which completed, name of instructor), along with a description of this course (description from a university catalog or website OR syllabus from the completed course, with reference to where the description came from.)
3. Provide a rationale for why the course taken at university is sufficiently similar to the TEl course.
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