The Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation prepares education professionals who seek advanced research, data analyses, and evaluation skills for positions in a wide variety of educational institutions including higher education, K-12 school districts, for-profit companies, nonprofit agencies, community colleges, think tanks, government organizations, and other institutions concerned with solving problems in education. The Ph.D. program targets experienced educators who hold a masters’ degree in a related educational field. Individuals that are attracted to the new program will seek to deepen their research skills for improving education programs. Other students may pursue the Ph.D. as a means of transitioning into a career in higher education.
The program consists of 20 three-credit hour courses (60 credit-hour total). Full-time students could complete the program in three years, taking two to three courses per semester, while part-time students could complete the program in five to six years. Most courses are offered in the evening and on-line to accommodate working adults.
- Develop education researchers who pose significant questions, align research to relevant theory, use research methodologies that answer these questions, provide a coherent and explicit chain of reasoning, replicate and generalize across studies, and disclose findings to encourage professional scrutiny and critique;
- Provide a variety of research experiences for a diverse group of students to develop deep substantive and methodological knowledge and skills that promote research relevant to a range of educational issues and student populations that they will use to pursue over the course of their career; and
- Prepare future education researchers who become leaders in higher education, policy, and community settings.