PhD Research Methodology Specialization
The PhD in Education with a specialization in research methodology is individualized, interdisciplinary, and experiential. Students plan their own programs to meet self-defined goals with the guidance and support of faculty advisors. Research methods courses can be applied to primary or secondary specialization areas.
If you have questions about this specialization, please contact the specialization representative, Angela Miller.
About the Specialization
The Research Methodology Specialization provides theoretical and practical knowledge and applied skills for research design and methods including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research. Students in the specialization develop skills in data analytic methods and will be able to apply those skills to real-world settings and pressing issues in education.
What Will You Learn?
The specialization features coursework and applied internships that enable you to learn:
- Foundational and theoretical knowledge about a range of methodological approaches
- Specialized knowledge in research methods related to your area of interest
How Will You Learn?
Your advisor will guide your doctoral experience by supplementing coursework with professional experiences, including:
- Attending and/or presenting at professional conferences
- Independent study
- Teaching and/or co-teaching
- Writing, editing, and reviewing for scholarly journals
Where Can This Specialization Take You?
Graduates of this specialization hold professional positions such as:
- Academic faculty at post-secondary institutions
- Consultants with private companies, education and research think tanks, and non-government organizations
- Data management leaders in major K-12 school districts
Each student prepares an individual program of study in consultation with their Program Advisory Committee. The following courses can be taken as part of a student’s primary or secondary specialization coursework:
- EDRS 821: Advanced Applications of Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 822: Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 818: Critical Discourse Analysis in Education Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 820: Evaluation Methods for Educational Programs and Curricula (3 credits)
- EDRS 823: Advanced Research Methods in Single Subject/Case Design (3 credits)
- EDRS 824: Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (3 credits)
- EDRS 825: Advanced Research Methods in Self-Study of Professional Practice (3 credits)
- EDRS 826: Qualitative Case Study Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 827: Introduction to Measurement and Survey Development (3 credits)
- EDRS 828: Item Response Theory (3 credits)
- EDRS 830: Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3 credits)
- EDRS 831: Structural Equation Modeling (3 credits)
- EDRS 832: Document Analysis and Archival Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 833: Participatory Action Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 836: Narrative Inquiry (3 credits)
- EDRS 850: Grounded Theory (3 credits)
- EDRS 897: Special Topics in Research Methods (3 credits)
- EDUC 897: Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (1-6 credits)
- EDUC 994: Advanced Internship in Education (3 credits)
See additional coursework required as part of the PhD in Education degree.
NOTE: Students who have a primary professional specialization in research methods are required to take 24 additional credits beyond the Core Research Methods courses required by the PhD in Education program.
Esther Nolton, PhD 2020
- Dissertation Title: Mapping the Institutionalization of Evaluation in the U.S. Federal Government
- Dissertation Chair: Dr. Rodney Hopson & Dr. Marvin Powell
Christina Lee, PhD 2019
- Dissertation Title: Psychometrics of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment in a Child Care Subsidy Sample
- Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marvin Powell