PhD in Quantitative Research Methods in Education


  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to education or research methods
  • Preferred qualifications: Master’s training in a field related to education or research methods
  • Strong math and writing skills benefit prospective students

PhD Requirements — Total Credits: 108

Core Methods18
Learning Community and Applied Courses24
Advanced Quantitative Methods24
Interdisciplinary Content Emphasis24

Core Methods Courses - 18 Credits

The core methods courses provide a strong methodological foundation for students.

EDUC 640 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis3
EDUC 642 Multiple Regression3
EDUC 644 Applied Multivariate Statistics3
EDUC 646 Advanced Research Design3
EDUC 620 Program Evaluation I3
EDUC 621 Program Evaluation II3

Learning Community and Applied Courses - 24 Credits

The learning community and applied courses provide formalized opportunities for students to develop and refine their skills and identities as scholars and researchers.

The research seminar is taken three times (each fall during the first three years of study).

EDLD 677 PhD Research Seminar3
EDLD 677 PhD Research Seminar3
EDLD 677 PhD Research Seminar3
EDLD 676 Professional Careers Seminar3
EDLD 678 Teaching Seminar3
EDLD 698 Professional Writing III3
SPED 626 Grant Writing or EDST 610 Grant Writing3
EDLD 659 Scholarly Writing3

Advanced Quantitative Methods Courses - 24 Credits

The advanced methods courses provide rigorous training in high-level quantitative methods for students.

The year in which any is taken will vary depending on what year a student enters due to the rotating schedule for these courses.

EDLD 667 Advanced Measurement and Assessment3
EDLD 650 Advanced Seminar in Educational Research Methods3
EDLD 633 Structural Equation Modeling I3
EDLD 634 Structural Equation Modeling II3
EDLD 661 Item Response Theory I3
EDLD 628 Hierarchical Linear Models I3
EDLD 629 Hierarchical Linear Models II3
EDLD 679 Advanced Program Evaluation3

Interdisciplinary Content Emphasis Courses - 24 Credits

The interdisciplinary content emphasis allows students to craft an applied area of study that bridges the College of Education courses with another substantive area outside the COE.

Half of the required credits should be taken within Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership and half in departments outside of EMPL and the College of Education.

The 12 EDLD credits and 12 credits from other departments can be taken in any configuration. For example, four 3-credit courses or three 4-credit courses both satisfy 12 credits worth of course work.

Going over 12 credits is perfectly acceptable, but completing fewer than 12 credits within and outside EDLD is not allowed.

Dissertation Credits - 18 Credits

Dissertation credits provide the structured space for students to engage in their dissertation work.

These credits are taken with the advisor after advancement to candidacy and while the student is working on dissertation research, analysis, and writing.

These credits can be taken in any configuration so long as students are compliant with Graduate School policy (minimum 3 credits per term), and as applicable with Graduate Employee guidelines.