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The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program at Virginia Tech offers doctoral preparation in the areas of measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research, and statistics as they are applied in educational and other behavioral sciences. Graduates of the EDRE program are prepared for academic positions as research methodologists, corporate positions in research and testing agencies, or government positions as researchers, evaluators, or administrators of research programs in education or other areas of the behavioral sciences. The degree program is only available on the Blacksburg campus, but the introductory course sequence may be taken at the Northern Virginia campus. Two 5000 level EDRE courses are offered on-line.

Faculty members and students in the program conduct research related to issues in education and other behavioral sciences, particularly as they relate to evaluation, measurement, qualitative research methods, and statistics. Faculty in the program also provide research expertise to faculty members and graduate students in the School of Education by serving as methodology specialists on research projects, master's thesis, and doctoral dissertation committees and by teaching courses in the areas of measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research, and statistics.

The EDRE program was established in 1971 and was the first Ph.D. program in educational research in the State of Virginia. Over the years, the program has featured a small but high-quality group of students, conferring more than 150 Ph.D. degrees to date.


Central to the mission of the Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program is a commitment to achieving excellence in teaching, research, and service to various communities. The EDRE program emphasizes high quality teaching and learning and is aimed at preparing students to achieve success in their professional lives and to be active contributors to the academic community. The program is also committed to fostering the highest quality research and scholarly practice in its faculty and students. It also strives to provide research expertise and other forms of service that effectively meet the needs of the School of Education, other parts of the university community, and the broader community. In each facet of its mission, the EDRE program embraces a respect for, and a commitment to, diversity in its various forms.




Contact Information

The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program is located at 1750 Kraft Drive, Corporate Research Center.



1750 Kraft Drive
Corporate Research Center
Blacksburg, VA 24060



Program Leader: 

Elizabeth Creamer:

Program Support Technician




Wanda McAlexander: 540-231-5106