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).
EDRE Courses to Choose From
Areas of Specialized Courses
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.
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.
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: 6624, 6634, 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.
- Item Response Theory
- Test Development and Validation
- Qualitative Methodology
- Post-Qualitative Inquiry
- Social Psychology of Education
- Group Processes in Education Settings
- Multilevel Modeling
- Growth Modeling / Longitudinal Data Analysis
- Reliability and Meta-analysis Model for Reliability Coefficients
- Multilevel Measurement Model
- Multilevel Factor Model
- Latent Class Analysis
- Test Validation
- Statistics Education
- Assessment methods in Higher Education
- Program evaluation methods
- Remote sensing methods in social science and education
- Learning Environments
- International Higher Education
Those who are interested in applying to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation should contact Dr. Gary Skaggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our office at 2104 Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Dr. Gary Skaggs
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1750 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060