M.Ed. in Educational Psychology—Research, Statistics & Evaluation

The Research, Statistics, and Evaluation M.Ed. program prepares students for advanced graduate study in educational research or employment as a data analyst with an educational research organization. Our graduates have been accepted into competitive doctoral programs or employed in school systems, state education departments, testing companies, or community colleges.

Components of the M.Ed. program include introductory courses that focus on the fundamentals of research design. It also includes elective course that assist students in acquiring a deeper understanding of and expertise in specific inquiry methods and analytic tools. By working with program faculty members, students learn to apply these methods to actual research problems in education.

Students in the program will: (a) develop an understanding of research design in education, (b) obtain expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology, (c) gain hands-on research experience with a faculty member, and (d) acquire professional traits and communication skills for academic and professional jobs.

The program is offered on-Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia. Applications are due by February 1st.

Program Information (pdf)

A current student chose this program because...

Theresa Mejia (M.Ed. Student)

"Curry stood out to me because it felt like a community focused on development. There was a value placed on learning and growth rather than fixed classes taken to fulfill a requirement, and I honestly feel as if my professors care that I am learning valuable information. The RSE program specifically interested me because it covered a lot of broad topics, but the classes expected and the skills developed are broad enough to be applied in many settings. I also feel as if the classes are tailored to my interests; I am able to take on projects that interest me, and can find opportunities to develop the skills I am interested in. I am very happy in the environment created at Curry."

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

The student desiring to pursue the Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation should submit an application for admission to the Curry School of Education. The applicant must:
• hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
• have a “B” average or better for the last two years of undergraduate study;
• submit an application for admission and official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work;
• submit an official report of the Graduate Record Examination;
• submit at least two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to his/her promise as a graduate student and professional educator;
• submit a statement of professional goals.

Degree Requirements

The program of study requires a minimum of 30 credit-hours of graduate coursework of which 6 credit hours may be a research internship or thesis paper. All students must complete a comprehensive exam after completing 26 credit hours of study.

To fulfill the credit-hour requirement the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • no more than six credit-hours or graduate study may be transferred from another institution unless a formal cooperative program arrangement exists between the Curry School and that institution,
  • at least 18 credit-hours must be completed after admission to the program, and
  • at least 24 credit-hours of graduate study must be taken from the University of Virginia and 18 of these hours must be taken on-Grounds.

Funding Opportunities

Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

1. Scholarships:

Curry Foundation Scholarships (ranging from a few hundred dollars to 10K)
List of Fellowships from the website of the UVA Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs

2. Federal Need-Based Financial Aid: Loans and Work-Study — To apply for need-based financial aid, applicants should submit:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the U.S. Department of Education and
University of Virginia Financial Aid Application (UFAA) form to the UVA Office of Student Financial Services. 

Both forms are available on the Student Financial Services website. Please also see Curry’s Financial Aid page which includes a link to FAQs. Students may qualify to receive compensation for their internship work or for other research work through workstudy. To be considered for a workstudy assignment, you will need to check the box requesting workstudy when you complete your FAFSA application. Please visit their website at http://www.fafsa.com/home for detailed information on applying to FAFSA.

3. Optional Monthly Payment Plan
(For information about billing and setting up monthly tuition payments, please see the Student Accounts website.)

4. Part-Time Employment Opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

There are a variety of opportunities for part-time work as research assistants at the Curry School of Education. Many students have also found part-time jobs in the local community. Information about employment opportunities will be shared during orientation for new students.

Course Overview

Program of Study

The program involves a combination of required and elective courses that may be completed in three semesters. You have the option of completing the third semester during the first summer or second fall of your admission. There are advantages to both options. You should discuss them with your advisor.

All courses listed below are required unless otherwise noted. Pay close attention to the fall and spring course sequence. Many courses are offered only once per year.

Students must begin the statistics sequence with EDLF 7310 unless they have already taken a comparable course and earned a grade of B or better. In such a case, students may begin the statistics sequence with EDLF 8300 Experimental Design: Stat II.

Fall Semester (13 credit hours required)  

Course & Credit Hours
EDLF 7310 Educational Statistics: Stat I (or) EDLF 8300 Experimental Design: Stat II  3
EDLF 7180 Tests and Measurements  3
EDLF 7404 Qualitative Analysis (or) EDLF 7300 Foundations of Educational Research  3
EDLF 7150 Educational Psychology Research  3
EDLF 7290 Seminar in Educational Psychology  1

Spring Semester (13 credit hours required)

Course & Credit Hours
EDLF 8300 Experimental Design: Stat II (or) EDLF 8310 Correlation and Regression Analysis: Stat III  3
EDLF 8440 Advanced Qualitative Analysis (or) EDLF 8350 Multivariate Statistical Analysis  3
EDLF 5160 Lifespan development  3
EDLF 7290 Seminar in Educational Psychology  1
Choose one of the following:  3
EDLF 6080 Education Policy
EDLF 7060 Theoretical Perspectives on Educational Policy
EDLF 7404 Qualitative Analysis (if not already taken in the fall)

Third Semester Option 1: Summer Semester (6 credit hours required) – This third semester option is ideal for students seeking to obtain practical research experience. It is a good choice for students who aim to enter the workforce upon graduation or enter a doctoral program the following fall semester.

Course & Credit Hours
EDLF 8998 Masters Research Internship (or) EDLF 8999 Master’s Thesis  6

Third Semester Option 2: Fall Semester (6 credit hours required) – This third semester option is ideal for students seeking to extend their knowledge of research methods before entering the workforce or applying to graduate school. The additional coursework will not only enhance your expertise in research methods, but also make you more competitive when applying to graduate school.

Course & Credit Hours
Choose two of the following: 6
EDLF 5310 Data Management
EDLF 5500 Selected Topics: Field Experiments
EDLF 5500 Selected Topics: Mixed Methods
EDLF 7300 Foundations of Educational Research
EDLF 7402 Program Evaluation
EDLF 7403 Survey Design and Instrument Construction
EDLF 8310 Correlation and Regression Analysis: Stat III
EDLF 8360 Seminar in Advanced Statistics: Multilevel Modeling
EDLF 8450 Qualitative Data Analysis with Computers   

Sample Jobs After Graduation

Graduates of our program have gone on to work at universities, government agencies, departments of education, evaluation firms, major research hospitals, large insurance companies, national testing companies, school divisions (in research and development), and various other fields that require a sophisticated understanding of research methods. Graduates at the master’s level are employed by school systems, state education departments, schools of education, nursing, medicine and other organizations, public and privately engaged in research and/or evaluation.

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