Educational Psychology: Specialization in Research, Measurement and Statistics


Measurement, Educational planning, Research methods, Instrumentation, Testing, and Statistics


We currently ARE NOT accepting any applications for Fall 2017


Program Description

The MERITS Program (Measurement, Educational planning, Research methods, Instrumentation, Testing, and Statistics) is a Master of Education online program offered through the Department of Educational Psychology. MERITS coursework focuses on measurement and research as they pertain to educational settings. The MERITS program enables students to gain essential knowledge in the field, select professional goals, design projects in newly emerging areas, and effectively communicate projects and scholarly findings to a variety of audiences.  As part of the MERITS program, students can work alongside educational practitioners and participate in practicum experiences in the field.

When students graduate from the MERITS program, they will have knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in applied settings
  • Analysis of academic skills and tests, as well as the effects of  aptitude, motivation, and task environment on academic performance, and their implications for instruction
  • Program planning, program implementation, and program evaluation
  • Development of high quality grant proposals
  • Development and evaluation of behavioral measurement instruments
  • Effective communication of project results and scholarly findings to a variety of audiences
  • Primary statistical analysis in educational research

Why choose the online program in Educational Psychology with MERITS?

  • Texas A&M University is a top-ranked, Tier I, research-based university
  • Instructors include faculty with international reputations
  • Collaboration with educational practitioners
  • Flexible course electives
  • Affordable tuition and fee structure with opportunities for financial aid

Program Features

  • 36 minimum credit hours entirely online
  • Asynchronous and synchronous formatted courses
  • Full or part-time enrollment is possible
  • No thesis required
  • No residency requirements

Required Courses (27 credit hours)

  • EPSY 602 Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 622 Measurement and Evaluation in Education
  • EPSY 635 Educational Statistics
  • EPSY 636 Techniques of Research
  • EPSY 638 Qualitative Methodologies in Educational Research
  • EPSY 689 Special Topics:  Grant Writing and Program Planning
  • EPSY 689 Special Topics:  Communication: Practice in Education
  • EPSY 656 Instrument Development
  • EPSY 690 Survey Research Methods

Electives (9 credit hours)

  • EPSY 630 Single Case Research
  • EPSY 631 Program Evaluation in School and Clinic
  • EPSY 642 Meta-analysis
  • EPSY 624 Creative Thinking
  • EPSY 645 Creative Genius
  • EPSY 646 Issues in Child & Adolescent Development
  • EPSY 673 Learning Theories
  • EDTC 654 Instructional Design
  • EPSY 683 Field Practicum

International Students

We can work with international students to support visa applications, conditional on a minimum of 30 credit hours completed from students’ home country. Approved students can then complete an EPSY 683 practicum on campus during their final semester.