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Education, Educational Research, Evaluation
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Eggleston Hall is composed of three wings: East, Main, and West. Main Eggleston was completed in 1935, at a cost of $171,899. East Eggleston (including the tower) was converted to an academic and administrative building in 1983. Named after Joseph Dupuy Eggleston Jr. (1867-1953) who was President from 1913 to 1919. Known initially for his work as Virginia's superintendent of public instruction, he built public support for VPI and laid the foundation for a strong alumni association.
Mail Code:0302 Blacksburg VA 24061
East Eggleston 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 Bodenhorn
Emeriti Faculty: Elizabeth Creamer; Kusum Singh
Professors: Gary Skaggs
Associate Professors: Serge Hein; Andrew McConney; Yasuo Miyazaki
Assistant Professors: Fei Gu
Assistant Professor of Practice: David Kniola

Education, Educational Research, Evaluation Introduction

The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program is a comprehensive Ph.D. program that provides preparation in research methodology as it relates to education, the behavioral sciences, and the social sciences in general. It emphasizes the areas of evaluation/assessment, measurement, qualitative methods, and statistics, and EDRE students specialize in one of these four areas. Thus, EDRE students have the opportunity to develop methodological expertise in areas that include (a) the development and application of statistical methods in educational and social scientific research, (b) the development and evaluation of psychoeducational instruments, (c) the development and application of qualitative methods in educational and social scientific research, and (d) the development and application of evaluation/assessment methods in educational and social scientific research. To provide EDRE students with a wide range of methodological skills, they also complete a 24 credit hour, core group of research methods courses that include each of the above four areas. The EDRE program requires students to be enrolled full time for two consecutive, regular academic year semesters on the Blacksburg campus.

Methodologists specialize in specific research methodologies. Their work normally includes using specific research methodologies to conduct empirical research, conducting research to advance existing research methodologies, and conducting research to develop new, cutting-edge research methodologies. EDRE faculty and students conduct methodological research and applied research on issues in 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.


The EDRE program prepares students for careers as research methodologists in a wide range of capacities that include academic positions in education, psychology, or applied statistics; positions in the testing industry (e.g., ETS, ACT, CTB, Pearson); evaluation and assessment positions in higher education; state- or federal-level government positions that involve program evaluation, data analysis, instrument development, and/or survey administration; and positions as private methodological consultants.

To be considered for the Ph.D. program in EDRE, applicants must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field or discipline, from an accredited college or university, and have a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the degree. Please note that beginning with the Fall 2020 semester, applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or discipline will also be considered for the Ph.D. program in EDRE but will be required to complete additional coursework if admitted. The Ph.D. program in EDRE is only offered on the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg 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 9-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 hours of course work beyond the Bachelor's degree. These hours are divided among Research Methods, Focus Area, Masters/Cognate, and Dissertation Research requirements.

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