When you join the Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM), you become part of a dynamic academic community of faculty, students, and alumni who share a mission to shape positive change in the field of education through research methodology, measurement sciences, program evaluation, and applied statistics. Here, students have the advantage of a world-class curriculum featuring the nation’s most comprehensive course selection along with some of the best hands-on training available. Few other programs offer the depth and breadth of practical learning experiences that you will find in the School of Education. From analysis and evaluation projects with local and national organizations to scholarly research projects alongside internationally recognized faculty, you will gain tremendous experience, not after, but while you earn your master’s degree or PhD.
Of particular interest to students and to the community at large is our Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). OAERS offers exceptional consulting services and technical resources in the areas of assessment, program evaluation and data analysis — which lead to extensive field projects for students to apply learning and gain entry into the profession.
Another key point of distinction is the ability to choose between two distinct tracks — program evaluation and measurement. Faculty advisors guide students in selecting the track that will set you on a path to making a valuable contribution in the field. The combination of mentoring, academic rigor and hands-on experience is what positions our alumni to pursue outstanding careers as evaluators, psychometricians, data analysts, statisticians, educational researchers and many other rewarding professions. Our graduates are among the best trained in the nation; you, too, will be ready to make a difference in a field that is critical to ensuring continuous improvement in education.