Research Requirements

Ed.M. students must successfully complete one of the first or second level research courses. Most Ed.M. students will be advised to take RS 600. With consent of the instructor, some Ed.M. students may elect a second level course to satisfy the research requirement.

Ed.D. students must complete successfully FOUR research courses beyond those taken for the master’s degree, including at least one upper level course. Enrollment in second level courses is contingent upon completion of RS 600 or consent of the instructor. Enrollment in the upper level research courses is contingent upon successful completion of two of the second level research courses, one of which must be SED RS 650. Students with substantial background in research may petition for modification of these research requirements.

Level 1

Survey and integrative course on the language and logic of various methods of research; includes topical seminars assessing the state of research on important issues for education; requires two research proposals.

  • SED RS 600—Perspectives on Inquiry (Fall & Spring)

Level 2

Courses emphasizing the methodologies and applications of specific types of research, for students who are familiar with the basic language, concepts and conventions used in research.

  • SED RS 650—Foundations of Educational Inquiry Required and open only to continuing doctoral students. (Fall and Spring)
  • SED RS 652—Qualitative Research Methods (Fall)
  • SED RS 653—Quantitative Research Methods (Fall) (Spring—tentative)

Upper Level

Both SED RS 750 and RS 751 emphasize the critical application of various methodologies to actual problems in educational research and evaluation. RS 750 focuses on the design of dissertation proposals; RS 751 examines case studies in program evaluation and requires student proposals for the evaluation of educational or social programs.

  • SED RS 750—Advanced Research Seminar (Fall)
  • SED RS 751—Program Evaluation
  • SED RS 752—Seminar in Qualitative Research (Spring)
  • Advanced Course In Specific Methodologies Of Research SED AP 998—Proposal Development Seminar (Spring)

For appropriate advanced courses in specific methodologies, doctoral candidates should consult with their advisors.

Undergraduate Students

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Graduate Students

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