Graduate Certificate

Educational Data Science

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers an online graduate certificate in Educational Data Science for students interested in digital data collection, analysis, visualization, and more in educational settings. The certificate can be added to current graduate students’ studies or pursued as a stand-alone certificate for graduate-level students.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Acquire the Skills to Be a Leader in Educational Data Science

In an increasingly data-rich world, educators are often looking for strategies to engage with complex sources of data.  The Educational Data Science graduate certificate is designed to provide a broad knowledge and skill base of multiple facets of data science, ranging from discussing ethics and privacy issues related to the context of data science to creating static and dynamic data visualizations using R. Students in this graduate certificate program will explore ethical applications of machine learning in education and also gain experience with conducting research that relies on digital data sources. 

Featured Courses

A total of 4 graduate courses and a capstone project are required for the certificate. Students may substitute one of the four required courses with a related graduate course approved by the Educational Data Science Graduate Certificate program coordinator.

STEM 680: Foundations of Educational Data Science I

Intended to support graduate-level students to be able to apply data science methods to topics of teaching, learning, and educational systems. Introduces students to the data science software and programming language R. Course activities focusing on preparing, using, and visualizing complex data sources for analysis using the tidyverse suite of R packages. Data ethics are foregrounded. Includes an introduction to text analysis/Natural Language Processing. No pre-requisites or programming experience is required.

STEM 685 – Foundations of Educational Data Science II

Intended to support graduate students to use data science methods to study new technology-based environments, such as online courses, educational technology platforms, and social media-based networks. Advanced data visualization and social network analysis techniques are emphasized. More advanced methods around writing custom functions and using machine learning for analyzing complex data sources are introduced. Course involves the use of the statistical software R.

STEM 695 – Capstone in Educational Data Science

Students will complete an educational data science course project involving advanced descriptive or modeling methods that can form the basis of a conference presentation proposal, journal article submission, grant proposal, or report. Includes an introduction to various techniques for creating and sharing data science products using R, such as interactive web applications (i.e., Shiny apps), dashboards, and web-based books. Students will receive ongoing feedback and support related to their course project throughout the semester, culminating in their sharing of their work in presentations open to the public.

STEM 691 – Visualizing Data Using R

Intended to support students to create static visualizations (e.g., visualizations for inclusion in presentations and publications) and dynamic visualizations (e.g., those that can allow researchers and others to interact with the visualization). Will use educational examples and data sets but is open to students across programs. Course involves the use of the statistical software R.

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Ready to advance your career in educational data science?