Research Requirements

Entering EDM, MAT, and Doctoral Students
Fall 2014

EdM/MAT entering students must complete ONE first or second level research course. Most master’s students should take RS 600 Introduction to Research. With the consent of the advisor, in consultation with the relevant instructors, and appropriate documentation, a master’s student may enroll in a second level course to satisfy the research requirement.

Students entering the EdD in September 2014 and after are required to complete a minimum of four research courses, three from the second level and one from the third level. Enrollment in second level courses is contingent upon completion of RS 600 or equivalent, or consent of the advisor. Enrollment in third level courses is contingent upon completion of the second level research courses. Specific SED Programs may require an additional course or courses. For appropriate advanced courses in specific methodologies or content areas, doctoral candidates should consult with their advisors.

Students may seek a waiver of a research requirement with consent of their advisor through petition to the Academic Curriculum Committee.  Petition forms are available from the Records Office and on the SED Website.

FIRST LEVEL COURSES
SED RS 600
Introduction to Research
Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

All doctoral students must take RS 654, and it is recommended that they take that in their first semester of enrollment.

SECOND LEVEL COURSES
SED RS 654 SED RS 652 SED RS 653
Educational Inquiry Qualitative Research Methods Quantitative Research Methods
Fall Fall Spring

 

THIRD LEVEL COURSES
SED AP 998 SED RS 750 SED RS 751
Proposal Development Seminar Advanced Research Seminar Program Evaluation
Spring Fall Fall

Course Substitutions and Additions

What follows is a list of courses within BU and in the BU Consortium, that includes Tufts, Boston College (BC) and Brandeis, that are considered approved substitutes for and additions to the required courses listed above which can be considered by students in consultation with their advisors.

To enroll in a course at another college or university in the Consortium, please follow the procedures specified on the BU Registrar’s website.  (http://www.bu.edu/reg/registration/cross-registration/).

COURSE EQUIVALENTS
RS652 Qualitative RS653 Quantitative RS750 Advanced Research Seminar RS751 Program Eval RS752 Seminar in Qualitative RS600 Intro to Research
BU
SPH SB818
Qualitative Research Methods
SSW SR906
Qualitative Research Methods
BU
GRS PO841 Quant
Quantitative Research Methods
BC
ED 941
Dissertation Seminar
BU
SPH PH854
Program Evaluation
BC
ED864
Advanced Qualitative Research
BC
ED469/PY460
Interpretation and Evaluation of Research
BC
ED851/PY851
Qualitative Research Methods
BC
ED466
Program Evaluation I
Brandeis
SOC 183a
Evaluation of Evidence
Tufts
CD 0144
Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
BC
ED467
Program Evaluation II

Additionally, the schools within the consortium offer a number of courses in specific areas of research that may be used as additional upper level research courses, with advisor approval. The available courses at BU and BC are listed below.

ADDITIONAL UPPER LEVEL RESEARCH COURSES
Action Research BC ED912/PY912|
BU SPH BS822
BU SPH BS854
Case Control BU SPH EP858
Categorical BU SPH BS821
Correlational BU SPH BS857
Experimental Design BC ED644/PY664
BU SPH BS722
General Linear Models BC ED667/PY667
BU SPH BS853
BU CAS MA575
Tufts CD 0146
HLM BC ED861/PY861
BC ED601
Intro Stats BC ED468/PY468
BC ED469/PY469
BU CAS MA613
BU CAS MA614
BU GRS PS711
BU GRS PS 712
Brandeis PSYC 140a
Brandeis PSYC 210a
Brandeis PSYC 210b
Large Scale Assessment BC ED565/PY565
Multiple Regression BU CAS MA684
Multivariate Analysis BC ED668/PY668
Psychometric Theory BC ED669/PY669
BC ED671/PY671
SEM Brandeis PSYCH 215a
School Psychology Research Tufts ED0274
Tufts ED0275
Tufts ED0272
Survey Research BC ED862

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