Graduate Catalog
2017-2018
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Educational Research
ERC
Address:
Educational Research and Evaluation, 1750 Kraft Drive, Corporate Research Center
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact this Certificate
Phone Number(s):
Wanda McAlexander:
540/231-5106

Overview of the Certificate

The EDRE Graduate Certificate in Educational Research is designed to recognize graduate students who have completed specialized EDRE courses in statistics, measurement, qualitative research, assessment, and/or mixed methods research. The Certificate is designed to recognize graduates who have become proficient in a variety of educational research strategies that go beyond what is learned in foundational or introductory courses. The Certificate is also designed for those who have already earned a graduate degree, but aspire to gain a credential in educational research that will be useful in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

This certificate conveys that a graduate student has developed a mastery of educational research that is beyond the foundational level. Anticipated learning outcomes include the ability to:

  • Master multiple strategies to conduct educational research, including those requiring proficiency in qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods research methodologies.
  • Evaluate the quality and research proposals, publications, and reports.
  • Develop a proposal for a credible research or assessment study.
  • Identify research procedures that are suitable to the context and purpose of the proposed study.
  • Interpret data, describe results, and extrapolate the appropriate application of results to other settings.
  • Develop the written and oral skills necessary to present information about research and assessment projects.
How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission Requirements


Upon completion of the certificate requirements, students must apply for conferral of the Certificate using the Application for Degree and Certificate Conferral form available on the Graduate School web site. Students earning both a degree and the certificate submit two Application for Degree and Certificate Conferral forms.

A separate EDRE application for the certificate is no longer required.












Curriculum Requirements

Number of Credit Hours: The EDRE Graduate Certificate requires 9 hours of specialized courses from EDRE. This excludes foundational or introductory courses that are prerequisites for specialized courses (i.e. Quantitative Research I and 2 (EDRE 6605-6606): Qualitative Research I (EDRE 6504), and all 5000 level EDRE courses). All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better. Courses completed with a pass/fail or audit option do not count toward the Certificate. Transfer credit or credit from courses completed in programs other than EDRE are not accepted.

EDRE 6634: Advanced Statistics is required for all upper-level quantitative courses. It counts toward the Certificate. Prerequisites for each course are noted in the section providing a description of all the courses that count toward the Certificate.

Recommended Combinations of EDRE Specialized Courses

Measurement: 6634, 6624, 6654, 6684 (Ethical Practices)

Statistics: 6634, 6654, 6664, 6694, or relevant Advanced Issues Course

Assessment: 6524, 6704, 6744, 6744 (5984 in Assessment), 6684 (Ethical Practices)

Qualitative/Mixed Methods: 6524, 6744, 6684 (Advanced issues in QUAL), 6684 (Ethical Practices in Educational Research)

Courses Counting toward the Certificate and Their Pre-Requisites

EDRE Courses that Count Toward the Certificate

6524

Qualitative Methods in Educational Research II (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6504)
This course provides an advanced examination of qualitative inquiry in educational and human science research. It considers theoretical assumptions of major qualitative research traditions and provides students advanced skills in data analysis and representation. Offered fall and spring each year.

6534

Ethnographic Research Methods in Education (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDCI 6034)

Exploration of ethnographic methods for data collection and analysis: theoretical bases, procedures, issues, and applications of this approach in educational research. (Cross-listed with EDCI 6534)

6624

Measurement Theory in Education (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6634)
Methods and theories of estimating and enhancing test score characteristics, particularly reliability and validity of aptitude and achievement tests. Problems associated with test construction, use, and score interpretation will be emphasized. Offered spring, yearly.

6634

Advanced Statistics for Education (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6606)
Multiple regression procedures for analyzing data as applied in educational settings, including curvilinear regressions, dummy variables, multicollinearity, and introduction to path analysis. Offered fall and spring, yearly.

6654

Multivariate Statistics for Applications to Ed Problems (3H, 3C)(Pre: EDRE 6634)
Multivariate statistical procedures presented in an applied research setting. Oriented toward the logical extension of univariate tests of significance and estimation procedures to multivariate problems. Emphasis on using existing computer software packages. Offered spring, yearly.

6664

Applications of Structural Equations in Education (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6634)
Applications of structural equation causal models in educational research and discussion of the methodological questions pertaining to such models. Topics include recursive and nonrecursive models, measurement errors in causal models, latent unobserved variables, and covariance structures. Offered fall and spring, yearly.

6684

Instrument Development and Validation (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6634)
Provides experiences in developing instruments, or tests, that are designed to measure educational and psychological constructs, such as knowledge, skills, attitudes, and traits. Issues and practices relating to construct specification, instrument design and administration, and analysis and summary of validity study data will be emphasize. Offered fall, yearly.

6694

Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6634)
Provides a conceptual framework of hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), some important statistical theory behind the HLM, and hands-on training for applying HLM technique through analyzing example data sets and projects. The course includes the formulation of statistical models for typical applications such as two-level organizational study, two-level growth model, and three-level growth model within contexts and prepares students to be able to use multilevel analysis to address research questions in their fields and write coherent summaries and interpretations of the results. Offered fall, yearly.

6704

Evaluation Methods in Education (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 5404)
Principles of evaluation with emphasis on practices applicable to a variety of educational settings. The theoretical and philosophical bases which lead to alternative methodologies. Design and measurement alternatives are considered within the jurisdictional, theoretical, and philosophical contexts. Offered fall and spring each year.

6744

Mixed Method Research Design (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6606 and EDRE 6504)
Provides an introduction to mixed methods research design in the human and behavioral sciences. Students will design and execute a pilot study for a mixed method research project. Offered fall each year.

6754

Advanced Item Response Theory (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6624 or EDRE 6684)
Provides students with the concepts and skills to carry out Item Response Theory (IRT) analyses using specialized software, and an introduction to research in measurement. Topics will include binary and polytomous models, item and ability parameter estimation, model fit, and scaling and equating. Offered every other year, spring.

6774

Advanced Issues in Psychometric Research (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6624 or 6684)
Provides an in-depth look at one or more research topics in psychometrics, or the statistical foundations of educational and psychological tests. Students will become familiar with current research, acquire specialized psychometric analysis skills, and learn how to conduct psychometric research. Topics covered may vary from term to term. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Offered irregularly, spring.

6784

Advanced Issues in Qualitative Research (3H, 3C) (Pre: EDRE 6524)
Provides advanced treatment of important theoretical and methodological topics in the contemporary qualitative literature and in the ongoing development of qualitative methodology. Emphasis is placed on addressing both theoretical issues and issues of research praxis. Topics covered vary from term to term. Offered irregularly, spring.

6794

Advanced Topics in Educational Research (3H, 3C) (Pre: varies)
Advanced treatment beyond standard courses in topics such as questionnaire design, survey sampling, factor analysis, and meta analysis. May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 hours of credit. Longitudinal Data Analysis has been offered each spring for a number of years.

 

Certificate Application Form

Fall 2016 and After - Additional Application Materials

We are now expected to have measures to demonstrate student outcomes for those who complete the EDRE graduate certificate in educational research. You can satisfy this requirement in any of the following ways:
  1. Attach a copy of an individually authored research paper, proposal, poster presentation, or Power Point presentation that you have completed within the last two years. This can also be the methods chapter from your dissertation or an individually authored paper from an EDRE course. 
  2. An individually authored proposal for an assessment or evaluation of a program.

An EDRE faculty member with relevant expertise will rate your submission using the a Certificate Evaluation Rubric. No minimum score is required.

The faculty member will score your submission using the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of the statement of the need and contribution.
  2. Insightfulness of the discussion about the conclusions.
  3. Relevance of the literature summarized.
  4. Methodological expertise demonstrated by the description of the methods and procedures. 

Additional Application Requirements for Fall 2016 and After

Effective in 2016, we are required to assess the skills and knowledge gained by students completed the Certificate. This adds a step to the application process through the program. These are options for meeting the new requirement:
  1. Attach a document to the paper application that is a research proposal or presentation you authored in the last two year. It can be a poster or Power Point presentation you made at a conference. It could also be a research-related prelim answer you wrote or the methods chapter from your dissertation.
  2. Attach a document to the paper application that is a proposal for the evaluation or assessment of a program.  
Your submission will be evaluated by an EDRE faculty member with relevant expertise using a rubric with the following items. No minimal score is required.

  1. Fit between the purpose and research questions and the research methods.
  2. Insightfulness of the discussion.
  3. Clarity of the statements identifying the need and contribution.