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Students in the EDRE program have the opportunity to choose one of four focus areas: evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative methods, or statistics. All of the focus areas also share a common core of research methods courses.

The evaluation/assessment focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to understand the theoretical foundations of evaluation and assessment research, effectively design research and instruments, effectively use a variety of data collection methods, effectively use a variety of data analysis methods, and develop high quality research reports.

The measurement focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to understand and apply classical test theory and item response theory; conduct psychometric analyses, including equating, DIF, and standard setting; conduct psychometric research; develop educational and psychological tests; and develop validation plans for educational and psychological tests.

The qualitative methods focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to understand and use a variety of qualitative research methodologies, understand the theoretical foundations of qualitative research, develop sound qualitative research designs, effectively use a variety of data collection methods, effectively use a variety of data analysis methods, effectively use a variety of writing formats and writing practices to report findings, and evaluate qualitative research using appropriate criteria.

The statistics focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to conduct research using advanced statistical methodologies that include multilevel, longitudinal, structural equation, and latent variable models; conduct research to develop cutting-edge methodologies or to apply existing methodologies in innovative ways; effectively evaluate the quality of quantitative research; develop quantitative research designs that are sound in terms of validity, reliability, sample size, and statistical power; effectively present data using data visualization tools such as plots, charts, graphs, and figures; and develop high quality, professional quantitative journal articles and other research reports.

EDRE Program Guidelines

The Ph.D. program in EDRE requires a minimum of 90 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor's degree (with 18 hours transferred from a master's degree). These hours include core research methods courses, a focus area, electives, a cognate, transferred master's courses, and dissertation research requirements.

In addition to coursework, a number of EDRE Program milestones must be completed.

Core Research Methodology Course Requirements (All of the following courses are required for students completing a plan of study after May 1, 2015.)

Course Number

Credit

Course Title

Prerequisites
(or equivalent)

EDRE 6504

3

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I

EDRE 5404

EDRE 6524

3

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II

EDRE 6504

EDRE 6605

3

Quantitative Research Methods in Education I

EDRE 5404

EDRE 6606

3

Quantitative Research Methods in Education II

EDRE 6605

EDRE 6624

3

Measurement Theory in Education

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6634

3

Advanced Statistics in Education (Regression)

EDRE 6606

EDRE 6684

3

Instrument Development & Validation

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6704

3

Evaluation Methods in Education I

EDRE 5404

EDRE 6744

3

Mixed Methods Research Design

EDRE 6605

TOTAL

27

 

 
Focus Areas

EDRE Ph.D. students choose one of the following focus areas:

Evaluation Focus Area (a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number

Credit

Course Title

Prerequisites
(or equivalent)

EDRE 6794

3

Evaluation Methods in Education II

EDRE 6704

EDRE 6794

3

Assessment in Higher Education

EDRE 6704

EDRE 5644

3

Questionnaire Design and Survey Research in Education

EDRE 5404

TOTAL

9

 

 

Measurement Focus Area (a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number

Credit

Course Title

Prerequisites
(or equivalent)

EDRE 6754

3

Advanced Item Response Theory

EDRE 6624 or
6684

EDRE 6664

3

Application of Structural Equations in Education

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6654

3

Multivariate Statistics for Applications to Educational Problems

EDRE 6634

 

 

Elective (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

9

 

 

Qualitative Focus Area (a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number

Credit

Course Title

Prerequisites
(or equivalent)

EDCI 6034

3

Education and Anthropology

 

EDRE 6534

3

Ethnographic Methods in Educational Research

 

EDRE 6784

3

Advanced Issues in Qualitative Research

EDRE 6524

 

 

Electives (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

9

 

 

Statistics Focus Area (a minimum of 12 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number

Credit

Course Title

Prerequisites
(or equivalent)

EDRE 6694

3

Hierarchical Linear Modeling

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6654

3

Multivariate Statistics

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6794

3

Longitudinal Data Analysis

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6754

3

Advanced Item Response Theory

EDRE 6634

 

 

Electives (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

12

 

 

Master's Degree Credits

EDRE students must have a minimum of 18 hours of credit from a master's degree program that are approved by the Advisory Committee, or they must complete at least 18 hours of graduate credit beyond the other requirements for the Ph.D. program in EDRE. These courses should constitute a cognate area outside of the EDRE program.

Dissertation Research

EDRE students must take a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation research credit during their studies.