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Education, Educational Research, Evaluation
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
War Memorial Hall commemorates the alumni who fought and died in World War I. In addition to offices and classrooms, the building has facilities for recreational activities.
Mail Code:0302 Blacksburg VA 24061
War Memorial Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Education, Educational Research, Evaluation
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Program Director : Serge Hein
Graduate Program Director : Nancy Bradley
Emeriti Faculty: Elizabeth Creamer
Professors: Gary Skaggs
Associate Professors: Serge Hein
Assistant Professors: Fei Gu
Assistant Professor of Practice: David Kniola

Educational Research and Evaluation

Program Leader: Dr. Serge F. Hein (, CRC #2105, 540-231-9713)


The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program is a comprehensive Ph.D. program that specializes in research methodology as it relates to education, the behavioral sciences, and the social sciences in general. The EDRE program was established in 1971 and was the first Ph.D. program in educational research in the state of Virginia. Methodologists specialize in specific research methodologies, and their work normally includes using specific research methodologies to conduct empirical research, advancing existing research methodologies, and developing new, cutting-edge research methodologies.

 The EDRE program prepares students for high-demand careers as research methodologists in a wide range of settings that include academia, higher education, state or federal government agencies, the testing industry and other private sector organizations, and nonprofit organizations. The methodological areas of evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative methods, and statistics are emphasized, and EDRE students specialize in one of these four areas. To provide EDRE students with a wide range of methodological skills, they also complete 24 credit hours of core research methods courses that include all of the above methodological areas.

 One of the priorities of the EDRE program is to maintain an optimal balance between theory and practice so that students develop an in-depth understanding of specific research methodologies and also acquire extensive experience in using a variety of research methodologies, methodological concepts, and methodological techniques and practices to conduct research. The EDRE program is also committed to providing students with a high level of mentoring, which includes enriching opportunities to participate in the research of EDRE faculty and other faculty in the School of Education or other parts of the university.

 The Ph.D. program in EDRE is only offered on the Blacksburg campus, and EDRE students are required to be enrolled full time for two consecutive, regular academic year semesters on the Blacksburg campus. The campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library system, technological support, and the Graduate Life Center.

 The EDRE program also offers a nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Educational Research and Evaluation.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • iBT
      • 90.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal :
      • Quantitative :
      • Analytical Writing :
The Ph.D. program in EDRE requires a minimum of 90 credit hours beyond a bachelor's degree.   These credit hours are divided among core research methods courses, focus area courses, master's/cognate courses, and dissertation research.

*The EDRE program is not accepting applications at this time.

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