Statistics Education


Graduate Certificate | Statistics Education

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Department of Statistics offers the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Statistics Education. The program is designed to provide convenient online access to the statistical training that is oftentimes required for career advancement. The application process is very simple, and a certificate will be earned by successful completion of the four courses listed below with an average GPA of at least 3.0. Note that the GRE is not required to apply.


The NC State University Graduate School, which oversees the graduate certificate application process, has its own admissions criteria but the Department of Statistics Online Graduate Program has specific admissions requirements as well.

After submitting your Graduate Application for the Statistics Education certificate, you may check the status of your application at any time.  International students must include complete transcripts, a degree statement and TOEFL or IELTS scores.  Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The GRE is not required, but we ask you to upload the scores if you have taken it.


This 12-credit graduate program includes four 3-credit graduate courses. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $453 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,261 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $5,436 for North Carolina residents and $15,132 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

In this certificate program, students will learn statistical concepts and methods and pedagogical techniques for teaching these statistical topics at the college or high school level. The emphasis of the program is on the effective use of modern technology for teaching statistics. The courses required for this graduate certificate are listed below.

Career Prospects

The emphasis of the program is on the effective use of modern technology for teaching statistics.

Statistics is being used in many fields these days. Common terms such as “big data,” “data mining,” and “business analytics” are really about statistics. Our Masters Degree and certificates will help you get jobs in the following fields:

12 credit hours are required for this certificate.

ST 507 - Statistics For the Behavioral Sciences I

Units: 3

A general introduction to the use of descriptive and inferential statistics in behavioral science research. Methods for describing and summarizing data presented, followed by procedures for estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses concerning summarized data.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term

ST 508 - Statistics For the Behavioral Sciences II

Units: 3

Introduction to use of statistical design principles in behavioral science research. Presentation of use of a statistical model to represent structure of data collected from a designed experiment or survey study. Opportunities provided for use of a computer to perform analyses of data, to evaluate proposed statistical model and to assist in post-hoc analysis procedures. Least squares principles used to integrate topics of multiple linear regression analysis, the analysis of variance and analysis of covariance.

Offered in Spring Only

ST 519 - Teaching and Learning of Statistical Thinking

Units: 3

This course is designed to bridge theory and practice on how students develop understandings of key concepts in data analysis, statistics, and probability. Discussion of students' understandings, teaching strategies and the use of manipulatives and technology tools. Topics include distribution, measures of center and spread, sampling, sampling distribution, randomness, and law of large numbers. Must complete a first level graduate statistics course [ ST 507, ST 511, or equivalent] before enrolling.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2019 Spring Term

ST 557 - Using Technology to Teach Statistics

Units: 3

This course will provide statistics educators with an in-depth introduction to applying technology for teaching college statistics. In this course, students will explore a variety of available statistical packages, demonstration applets, and other technologies for teaching statistics. Students will learn pedagogy t help them structure learning activities around these technologies. Students will also learn to identify key elements in technologies that support pedagogical goals.

Offered in Fall Only

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
Summer 103/25/2018
Summer 205/10/2018

Dr. Donna Barton

Online Statistics Program Coordinator

College of Sciences