Educational and Psychological Studies
Research, Measurement & Evaluation
The mission of the RME Masters program is to provide students with the requisite training in the application of statistical and measurement methodologies to be a data analyst, research coordinator, and measurement advisor in a variety of professional and/or academic (e.g., doctoral student in a related program) settings.
Purpose and Goals
The M.S.Ed. program in RME is designed to train students in research methodology, relevant statistical and measurement analyses, and statistical software required for data management and statistical analyses relevant to research and evaluations conducted in educational, psychological, health, and human service environments. To accomplish this goal, students complete a set of core courses that provide training in the relevant methodologies and statistical software. These core courses cover computer programming, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, the general linear model, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling, measurement theory, program evaluation, and data management. The core courses focus on application of methods to real-world problems and data analysis so that the experiences obtained in the classroom can directly translate into practical skills that will be required in real research and evaluation settings. The majority of courses related to statistics, measurement, and data management are taught in a computer lab whereby students are actively engaged in using relevant statistical software to conduct the desired analyses. As a result, students are provided continuous opportunity to gain skills related to the analysis of data in applied settings.
The curriculum of the M.S. Ed. in RME is structured around three components: (A) a core set of 24 credits (8 courses of 3 credits each) of required coursework covering the fundamentals of research design, measurement, and statistical analysis; (B) 6 credits of elective course-work; and (C) a comprehensive exam occurring upon the completion of the 24 credits of required coursework. The specific details of the curriculum are given below.