College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Graduate minor in educational psychology

Emphasis in quantitative methods in education

The Department of Educational Psychology offers a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods in education. The coursework connected to the minor emphasizes both the theory underlying various methodologies and their correct application and interpretation of results, enabling students to plan and participate in methodological aspects of research in a variety of fields. Please be aware that a University transcript will show the minor in educational psychology was successfully completed, but will not show that the emphasis was in quantitative methods in education.


    General requirements

    Student will not be allowed to substitute courses taken outside of educational psychology (EPSY) for any of the courses below. Students must obtain at least a grade of B in every course, and those with a grade point average of 3.25 or better in their quantitative methods in education coursework will be awarded the minor. While students are encouraged to take more quantitative methods in education courses if it complements their graduate training, the GPA from the required 12 credits will be the ones that count toward the 3.25 requirement. Students with a GPA of less than 3.25 after six courses can petition the quantitative methods in education faculty for an opportunity to take one additional course from the above menu that would count toward the needed GPA of 3.25, but there is no guarantee the request will be granted. Also, students seeking the minor cannot use the S-N grading option for any of their quantitative methods in education courses.

    MA requirements

    MA students are required to take two quantitative methods in education courses in Educational Psychology (EPSY) (minimum of six credits) excluding EPSY 5261.

    PhD requirements

    Specifically, students obtaining a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods in education are assumed to possess competencies in (1) understanding the relationship between research design and statistical analysis and to acquire skills in a variety of statistical techniques appropriate for specific problems; (2) the theory and methods of measuring important variables in education, such as achievement, attitude, specialized cognitive and non-cognitive variables, and issues and methods associated with educational accountability; or (3) evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs and education-related human services using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques. Students must complete at least 12 credits of QME coursework in EPSY (at least nine credits at the 8xxx level) from the list below. No courses can be used to satisfy both a requirement for a minor and a requirement for a major.

    Course options

    EPSY 5221–Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3 cr)
    EPSY 5243–Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
    EPSY 5244–Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation (3 cr)
    EPSY 5247–Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology (3 cr)
    EPSY 5262–Intermediate Statistical Methods (3 cr)
    EPSY 5271–Becoming a Teacher of Statistics (3 cr)
    EPSY 8215–Advanced Research Methodologies in Education (3 cr)
    EPSY 8222–Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application (3 cr)
    EPSY 8224–Performance Assessment Design and Analysis (3 cr)
    EPSY 8225–Operational Measurement: Test Score Quality Assurance, Standard Setting, and Equating (3 cr)
    EPSY 8226–Item Response Models: Theory and Applications (3 cr)
    EPSY 8247–Advanced Interviewing and Analysis Using NVIVO (3 cr)
    EPSY 8251–Statistical Methods in Education I

    EPSY 8252–Statistical Methods in Education II
    EPSY 8263–Design and Analysis of Experiments (3 cr)
    EPSY 8264–Advanced Multiple Regression Analysis (3 cr)
    EPSY 8265–Factor Analysis
    EPSY 8266–Statistical Analysis Using Structural Equation Methods (3 cr)
    EPSY 8267–Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 cr)
    EPSY 8268–Hierarchical Linear Models in Educational Research (3 cr)
    EPSY 8271–Statistics Education Research Seminar: Studies on Teaching and Learning Statistics (3)
    EPSY 8281–Advanced Statistical Computing and Data Analysis (3 cr)
    EPSY 8282–Statistical Analysis of Longitudinal Data (3 cr)
    EPSY 8283–Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis (3 cr)
    EPSY 8220–Special Topic Seminar courses may be considered (contact the program coordinator for prior approval)