The Educational Research and Evaluation program at Virginia Tech provides students with doctoral-level preparation in the areas of evaluation/assessment, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods (i.e., applied statistics and measurement), as they are applied in education, the behavioral sciences, and the social sciences in general. Graduates of the program are prepared for academic positions as research methodologists, corporate positions in research and testing agencies, or government and nonprofit positions as researchers, evaluators, or administrators in research programs in education and the social sciences in general.
The degree program in Educational Research and Evaluation doctoral program is 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.
Methodologists normally conduct research in one or more specific content areas, but a significant amount of their work involves applying specific methodologies to various forms of research, conducting research that contributes to the further development or refinement of existing methodologies, and developing new, cutting-edge methodologies. EDRE faculty and students conduct research on issues in education, the behavioral sciences, and the social sciences in general. EDRE faculty also provide methodological and other forms of research expertise to other faculty and students in the School of Education by contributing to various forms of research, which includes serving on master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committees, and teaching courses in the areas of evaluation/assessment, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods (i.e., applied statistics and measurement).