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Focus Areas

Students in the EDRE program choose one of the following four focus areas: evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative methods, or statistics. All of the focus areas also share a core of required research methods courses.

The evaluation/assessment focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to understand the theoretical foundations of evaluation/assessment research, effectively use evaluation/assessment methodologies to conduct research, effectively design evaluation/assessment research, effectively use a variety of data collection and data analysis methods, use a variety of reporting methods to produce high quality reports, and use a variety of strategies to maximize data-driven decision-making.

The measurement focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to understand and apply classical test theory and item response theory; conduct psychometric analyses, including equating, differential item functioning, and standard setting; conduct psychometric research; develop educational and psychological tests; and develop validation plans for educational and psychological tests.

The qualitative methods focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to use a variety of qualitative methodologies, understand the theoretical foundations of qualitative inquiry, effectively design qualitative research, effectively use a variety of qualitative data collection and data analysis methods, effectively use a variety of writing strategies, and evaluate qualitative research using appropriate criteria.

The statistics focus area includes coursework and other experiences that prepare students to use a variety of advanced statistical methodologies, develop cutting-edge statistical methodologies and/or apply existing methodologies in innovative ways, develop sound quantitative research designs, effectively present data using a variety of data visualization tools, develop high quality quantitative research reports, and effectively evaluate the quality of quantitative research.

I-EDRE Program Guidelines

For students who are admitted to the EDRE Ph.D. program with a master's degree, a minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework beyond a bachelor's degree are required (with 18 of these credit hours transferred into the program from the master's degree). The 90 credit hours include core research methods courses, a focus area, electives, a cognate, transferred master's courses, and dissertation research requirements. For students who are admitted to the EDRE Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree, credit hours cannot be transferred into the program from the bachelor's degree. Instead, an additional 18 credit hours of coursework are completed while in the program, and these courses are chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. These additional courses are normally methodology courses that are relevant to the student's chosen focus area, but courses for the student's chosen cognate area can also be included.

In addition to coursework, a number of EDRE Program milestones must be completed.

ourse Number Credit Course Title Prerequisites (or equivalent)

EDRE 6504

3

Qualitative Methods in Education Research I

EDRE 5404

EDRE 6524

3

Qualitative Methods in Education Research II

EDRE 6504

EDRE 6605

3

Quantitative Research Methods in Education I

EDRE 5404

EDRE 6606

3

Quantitative Research Methods in Education II

EDRE 6605

EDRE 6624

3

Measurement Theory in Education

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6634

3

Advanced Statistics in Education (Regression)

EDRE 6606

EDRE 6684

3

Instrument Development and Validation

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6704

3

Evaluation Methods in Education Research I

EDRE 5404

TOTAL

24

 

 

II-Focus Areas

EDRE students choose one of the following four focus areas.

(a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

ourse Number Credit Course Title Prerequisites (or equivalent)

EDRE 6794

3

Evaluation Methods in Education Research II

EDRE 6704

EDRE 6794

3

Assessment in Higher Education

EDRE 6704

EDRE 5644

3

Questionnaire Design and Survey Research in Education

EDRE 5404

TOTAL

9

   

(a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number

Credit Course Title Prerequisites (or equivalent)

EDRE 6754

3

Advanced Item Response Theory

EDRE 6624 or 6684

EDRE 6664

3

Application of Structural Equations in Education

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6654

3

Multivariate Statistics for Applications to Educational Problems

EDRE 6634

   

Elective (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

9

   

(a minimum of 9 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number Credit Course Title Prerequisites (or equivalent)

EDCI 6534

3

Ethnographic Research Methods in Education

 

EDRE 6784

3

Advanced Issues in Qualitative Research

EDRE 6524

   

Elective (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

9

 

(a minimum of 12 credits, selected in consultation with the advisor)

Course Number Credit Course Title Prerequisites (or equivalent)

EDRE 6694

3

Hierarchical Linear Modeling

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6654

3

Multivariate Statistics

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6794

3

Longitudinal Data Analysis

EDRE 6634

EDRE 6754

3

Advanced Item Response Theory

EDRE 6634

   

Elective (may be from another department)

 

TOTAL

12

   

III-Master's Degree Credits

Students who are admitted to the EDRE Ph.D. program with a master's degree must have 18 credit hours of coursework that are transferred into the program from the master's degree program that are approved by the Advisory Committee, or they must complete at least 18 additional credit hours of graduate coursework that are beyond the other requirements of the Ph.D. program. These additional courses should constitute a cognate area outside of the EDRE program.

IV- Dissertation Research

EDRE students must complete a minimum of 30 research/dissertation credit hours during their studies.