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Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Instruction: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

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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What You'll Study

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation is designed to recognize graduate students who have gained 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 students who already hold a graduate degree but who wish to obtain a credential in research methodology that will be of benefit to them in their careers.

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 the following:

  • 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 techniques and practices 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 methods and techniques that are associated with evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative, and/or statistical research.
  • Understand and effectively use a variety of data analysis methods and 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 for 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 Methods in Education I (EDRE 6605), Quantitative Research Methods in Education II (EDRE 6606), Qualitative Methods in Education Research I (EDRE 6504), Evaluation Methods in Education Research I (EDRE 6704), and all 5000-level EDRE courses other than EDRE 5644).  A grade of B or higher is required for all of the courses that are completed for the certificate, and courses that are taken as Pass/Fail or Audit can not be used for the certificate. Also, transfer credit or credit for courses that have been completed in programs other than the EDRE program is not permitted.

Please note that EDRE 6634 (Advanced Statistics) is required for all upper-level measurement and statistics courses and can be used for the certificate. The prerequisite(s) for each course listed below is indicated in the Course List section of the EDRE Ph.D. program webpage.

Recommended Combinations of Specialized EDRE Courses

Evaluation/Assessment: EDRE 5644, EDRE 6684, EDRE 6744, EDRE 6794

Measurement: EDRE 6624, EDRE 6634, EDRE 6654, EDRE 6684

Qualitative Methods: EDRE 6524, EDRE 6744, EDRE 6784, EDCI 6535

Statistics: EDRE 6634, EDRE 6654, EDRE 6664, EDRE 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.

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 Methods in Education I (EDRE 6605), Quantitative Research Methods in Education II (EDRE 6606), Qualitative Methods in Education Research I (EDRE 6504), Evaluation Methods in Education Research I (EDRE 6704), and all 5000-level EDRE courses other than EDRE 5644).  A grade of B or higher is required for all of the courses that are completed for the certificate, and courses that are taken as Pass/Fail or Audit can not be used for the certificate. Also, transfer credit or credit for courses that have been completed in programs other than the EDRE program is not permitted.

Please note that EDRE 6634 (Advanced Statistics) is required for all upper-level measurement and statistics courses and can be used for the certificate. The prerequisite(s) for each course listed below is indicated in the Course List section of the EDRE Ph.D. program webpage.

Recommended Combinations of Specialized EDRE Courses

Evaluation/Assessment: EDRE 5644, EDRE 6684, EDRE 6744, EDRE 6794

Measurement: EDRE 6624, EDRE 6634, EDRE 6654, EDRE 6684

Qualitative Methods: EDRE 6524, EDRE 6744, EDRE 6784, EDCI 6535

Statistics: EDRE 6634, EDRE 6654, EDRE 6664, EDRE 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.

Current and Admitted Students at Virginia Tech

Graduate students who are admitted to any other graduate program at Virginia Tech are also admitted to the Graduate Certificate Program in Educational Research and Evaluation.

Apply (Current and Admitted Students)

Applicants New to Virginia Tech

A recommendation for admission of nondegree-seeking students to the EDRE Graduate Certificate Program will be made by the EDRE Graduate Admissions Committee based on academic transcripts, a letter of interest, and the minimal requirements that are specified in the Graduate Catalog. Please note that these admission requirements differ from the EDRE program's degree admission requirements in that the EDRE Graduate Certificate Program does not require GRE scores or letters of recommendation.

After completing all of the EDRE Graduate Certificate requirements, a student must apply for conferral of the certificate using the Application for Degree and Certificate Conferral form that is available on the Graduate School website.

Visit this page for more information on how to apply, including requirements, deadlines, and what you'll need in detail.

Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1

Dr. Serge Hein
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2105
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-9713    
shein@vt.edu

Questions?

Dr. Serge Hein
Program Leader
1750 Kraft Dr., Room 2105
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-9713    
shein@vt.edu

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