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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.
216, 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; Yasuo Miyazaki
Assistant Professors: Fei Gu
Visiting Faculty: David Kniola

Education, Educational Research, Evaluation Introduction

The Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) program in the School of Education at Virginia Tech offers doctoral preparation in the areas of measurement, evaluation/assessment, qualitative research methods, and statistics as they are applied in educational and other behavioral sciences. Students enrolled in the program take a 24 semester hour, core set of courses designed to produce a well-rounded educational researcher capable of working in many settings. 

The doctoral program in Educational Research and Evaluation (EDRE) provides students with the opportunity to develop methodological expertise in a broad wide range of areas including the development and application of statistical methods in educational and social scientific research, the development and evaluation of psycho-educational instruments, and the design and conduct of various forms of qualitative research, mixed methods research, or evaluation/assessment research. Thus, the EDRE program prepares students to function as methodologists in a wide variety of settings such as 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; or state- or federal- level government positions that involve program evaluation, data analysis, instrument development, and/or survey administration.

Faculty members and students in the program primarily conduct research about issues relating to research methods in education and the social sciences or to substantive research issues requiring the use of state-of-the-art methodology. Historically, the EDRE program was established in 1971 and was the first Ph.D. program in educational research in the State of Virginia.   Two semesters of full-time enrollment at the Blacksburg campus is required to complete the degree.

To be considered for doctoral program, applicants must hold a master’s degree in a relevant field or discipline from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.3 or higher in a master's program. The degree program is only available on the Blacksburg campus.

EDRE offers a 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Educational Research.


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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