Graduate Certificate in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

Measure Up To Your Career Goals

Whether you are looking to analyze student achievement in a school district, employees at a Fortune 500 company, or a sampling of patients in a counseling lab, expertise in data driven decision making is critical.

Develop your professional expertise or supplement your learning with a certificate in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement (ATM) in Education. Combine statistical analysis, testing theory, the study of human behavior, educational measurement, and evaluation into the science of measuring educational/behavioral factors such as learning, preference, aptitude, and personality.





Gain Real Life Experience
Become more competitive in the job market by advancing your skills in managing dynamic, data-based strategies that generate organizational success for corporate, educational, and non-profit operations though hands-on coursework.


Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.





The GW Advantage

With close proximity to the White House, World Bank, Federal Agencies, and Professional Associations students are provided with rich environments to work, attend scholarly events and hone their analytical skills. The program offers some of the nation's premier graduate training in psychometric and statistical methods taught by faculty who are engaged in world-class research. Students are provided mentorship through all phases of the research process and become trained in modern analytical methods.




 Program at a Glance


Graduate Certificate in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education


Educational Leadership

Course Delivery:

Main Campus

Program Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits in required courses.
EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
or EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering



 Apply Now

The GC in ATM program is not currently accepting applications. For more information or to inquire about similar programs, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

View more details about requirements   

The GC in ATM program is not currently accepting applications. For more information or to inquire about similar programs, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.


 Career Outlook

Specialists in this field (psychometricians) plan and design tests that collect empirical data and quantify the personal characteristics of individuals, comparing those results within or across populations. The field continues to grow due to more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions.

Potential Career Opportunities & Employment Settings
professional female leads discussion of data written on a white board with male colleague seated next to her

Specialists are working in:

  • School or School Districts: Education ATM specialists work directly with teachers administering tests, assessing test results, and developing educational plans for improving test scores. Child development organizations and agencies: ATM specialists are relied on in the study of childhood development. Psychometric tests help teachers, parents, and psychologists identify learning deficiencies and giftedness in preschool and elementary school-aged children.
  • Online Sector: Today, many ATM specialists develop online testing and analysis. Universities, government agencies, school districts, private testing companies, and direct-to-consumer testing businesses are all interested in the research and application of web- based testing and assessment.
  • Private sector: Corporations commonly employ ATM specialists to assess potential employees to determine personality fit for the company, a factor that may be weighed just as heavily as skill set or experience.
  • Psycho-social, behavioral and substance abuse: Counselors use psychometric evaluations to determine people’s motivations, personality traits, and levels of dependency.
  • Monitoring & Evaluating Research: ATM specialists are needed in institutions of higher education, research-oriented organizations, federal research agencies, or non-profit organizations which are doing monitoring and/or evaluation research.



Program Faculty 

Dr. Jaehwa Choi

Associate Professor, Educational Research

(202) 994-2602
Dr. William Dardick

Associate Professor, Educational Research

(202) 994-1980
Dr. Brandi Weiss

Associate Professor, Educational Research

(202) 994-4362