Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research, Measurement and Statistics (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) focuses on a broad range of quantitative and methodological issues, including multivariate statistics, item response theory, generalizability theory, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, time series analysis, growth modeling, and Monte Carlo study.
RMS faculty are leading scholars who have earned international recognition. They recently instituted Summer Statistics Workshops attract students and faculty from around the state and across the nation. RMS faculty not only engage in the development and application of cutting-edge quantitative research methods, but they are also committed to training the next generation of methodologists. Graduates with this specialization are in demand for higher education academic positions and school- and industry-based jobs in measurement and evaluation. RMS graduates hold positions at many major universities and research agencies.
RMS courses focus on basic and advanced methods used to develop and evaluate different educational and psychological phenomena. In addition to course work, RMS students work with a variety of faculty from other programs and departments during the course of their training.
RMS students are in high demand by faculty in other programs and departments to work on their projects as quantitative experts. There are ample opportunities for RMS students to work on federally funded research projects in which they gain invaluable experience related to the design of educational studies and measurement instruments, analysis of educational data, and evaluation and interpretation of educational outcomes. RMS students can also receive financial support through the Educational Research and Evaluation Laboratory (EREL).
The RMS concentration strongly encourages summer internship experiences for its students. Internship sites have included school districts and test development corporations such as Educational Testing Service and American College Testing.