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The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program in the School of Education at Virginia Tech offers doctoral preparation in the areas of measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and statistics as they are applied in educational and other behavioral sciences. Students enrolled in the program take a 27 semester hour, core set of course designed to produce a well rounded educational researcher capable of working in many settings. These courses includes 15 hours in quantitative research methods; 12 hours in qualitative research, mixed methods research, and evaluation.
Graduates of the EDRE program are prepared for a faculty position teaching research methods courses in research and testing agencies, institutional research and planning, student and program assessment, or government positions as researchers, evaluators, or administrators of research programs in education or other areas of the behavioral sciences. The degree program is only available on the Blacksburg campus.
Faculty members and students in the program primarily conduct research about issues relating to education. Historically, the EDRE program was established in 1971 and was the the first Ph.D. program in educational research in the State of Virginia. Two semesters of full-time enrollment at the Blacksburg campus is required to complete the degree.
The Ph.D. program in EDRE requires a minimum of 90 hours of course work beyond the Bachelor's degree. These hours are divided among Research Methods, Electives, Masters/Cognate, and Dissertation Research requirements
- EDRE 5404 - Foundations of Educational Research and Evaluation
- EDRE 5644 - Questionnaire Design and Survey Research in Education
- EDRE 5674 - Introduction to Mixed Methods
- EDRE 5974 - Independent Study
- EDRE 5984 - Special Study
- EDRE 6504 - Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
- EDRE 6524 - Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II
- EDRE 6534 - Ethnographic Methods in Education
- EDRE 6605 - Quantitative Research Methods in Education I & II
- EDRE 6606 - Quantitative Research Methods in Education I & II
- EDRE 6624 - Measurement Theory in Education
- EDRE 6634 (STAT 6634) - Advanced Statistics for Education
- EDRE 6654 - Multivariate Statistics for Applications to Educational Problems
- EDRE 6664 - Application of Structural Equations in Education
- EDRE 6684 - Instrument Development and Validation
- EDRE 6694 - Hierarchical Linear Modeling
- EDRE 6704 - Evaluation Methods in Education
- EDRE 6744 - Mxd Method Research Dsgn
- EDRE 6754 - Advanced Item Response Theory
- EDRE 6784 - Advanced Issues in Qualitative Research
- EDRE 6794 - Advanced Topics in Educational Research
- EDRE 6974 - Independent Study
- EDRE 6984 - Special Study
- EDRE 7714 - Internship in Education
- EDRE 7964 - Field Studies in Education
- EDRE 7994 - Research and Dissertation
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- Letters of Recommendation. Check to see whether your department requires letters of recommendation from references. If so, you can include their email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to your program’s department.
- Application Fees. Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
- TOEFL Paper 550.0, Computer 213.0, iBT 80.0
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- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- Institution code: 5859
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