Educational Research

(Graduate Certificate)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instruction: Residential/On Campus 

The Educational Research and Evaluation program is committed to achieving excellence in research and teaching. We specialize in research methodology, as it relates to education, the behavioral sciences, and the social sciences in general, and emphasize the areas of evaluation/assessment, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods (i.e., applied statistics and measurement).

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EDRE Courses to Choose From

4

Areas of Specialized Courses

Faculty Members

9

Credit Hours Required for Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation is designed to recognize graduate students who have acquired methodological expertise that goes beyond the methodological skills that are acquired in introductory methodology courses. More specifically, the certificate recognizes the completion of specialized coursework in evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative methods, and/or statistics. The certificate is also intended for those who already hold a graduate degree but who wish to obtain a credential in research methodology that will be of value to their career.

Learning Outcomes

The EDRE Graduate Certificate demonstrates that a graduate student has achieved a level of proficiency in research methodology that exceeds what is possible at an introductory level. Learning outcomes for the certificate include:

  • Understand basic and advanced methodological concepts that are associated with evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Understand and effectively use a variety of methodological practices and techniques that are associated with evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Understand basic and advanced research design issues and effectively design an evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical study.
  • Develop an effective research proposal for evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Understand and effectively use a variety of data collection and data analysis methods or techniques that are associated with evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Develop an effective research report of evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Develop an effective oral and/or visual presentation of evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Understand and use appropriate criteria to effectively evaluate the quality of research proposals and research reports that are associated with evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.

Course Requirements

Number of Credit Hours: The EDRE Graduate Certificate requires 9 credit hours of specialized coursework in EDRE. This excludes introductory courses that are prerequisites for specialized courses (i.e., Quantitative Research I (EDRE 6605) and Quantitative Research II (EDRE 6606), Qualitative Research I (EDRE 6504), and all 5000-level EDRE courses).  A grade of B or higher must be earned in all courses that are completed, and courses that have a pass/fail or audit option do not count toward the certificate. Also, transfer credit or credit from courses that have been completed in programs other than EDRE is not permitted.

Please note that EDRE 6634 (Advanced Statistics) is required for all upper-level measurement and statistics courses and counts toward the certificate. The prerequisite(s) for each course are indicated in the section that includes the descriptions of those courses that count toward the certificate.

Recommended Combinations of Specialized EDRE Courses

Evaluation/Assessment: 5644, 6684, 6744, 6944

Measurement: 66246634, 6654, 6684

Qualitative Methods: 6524, 6744, 6784, EDCI 6535

Statistics: 6634, 6654, 6664, 6694, or a relevant Advanced Issues Course

Please note that an EDRE faculty member completes an evaluation rubric to evaluate the work sample that is submitted for the EDRE Graduate Certificate.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests:

  • Psychometrics
  • Item Response Theory
  • Test Development and Validation

Gary Skaggs, Associate Professor

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Gary Skaggs, Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Qualitative Methodology
  • Poststructuralism
  • Post-Qualitative Inquiry
  • Social Psychology of Education
  • Group Processes in Education Settings

Serge Frederick Hein, Educ.

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Serge Hein, Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Growth Modeling / Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Reliability and Meta-analysis Model for Reliability Coefficients
  • Multilevel Measurement Model
  • Multilevel Factor Model

Yasuo Miyazaki, Associate Professor

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Yasuo Miyazaki, Associate Professor

Research Interests:

  • Latent Class Analysis
  • Cognition
  • Test Validation
  • Statistics Education

Research Interests:

  • Assessment methods in Higher Education
  • Program evaluation methods
  • Remote sensing methods in social science and education
  • Learning Environments
  • International Higher Education

David Kniola, Visiting Assistant Professor

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David Kniola, Visiting Assistant Professor

Those who are interested in applying to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation should contact Dr. Gary Skaggs at gskaggs@vt.edu.

Visit our office at 2104 Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061

CONTACT US

Dr. Gary Skaggs
Program Leader
2104 VT CRC (0302)
1750 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-9729
gskaggs@vt.edu