Coursework for VEST Fellows


This page is for all VEST fellows.

Each fall and spring, all VEST fellows enroll in the proseminar course: EDLF 5500 Selected Topics: Issues in Applied Developmental Science and Education Policy (1 credit), Fridays 11:00-1:00. This includes attendance at the Curry Lectureship Series, dates TBA. Details about speakers and dates of course meetings will be provided in the syllabus.

2-Year Fellows

Two-year fellows will enroll in an additional 2 to 4 courses during their fellowship. Please contact Jim Wyckoff or Sara Rimm-Kaufman to discuss course selection, but in general the following is recommended.

Required courses:

  • Causal Inference in Education Science
  • Field Experiments
  • Proseminar (in year 1)

Encouraged courses (but dependent on fellows' previous coursework and training):

  • Foundations of Education
  • Data Management

4-Year Fellows

Education Psychology-Applied Developmental Science Ph.D Students: Please note that coursework and order of classes will be selected based on the relevant program manuals and discussion with your advisor. In addition to the VEST Proseminar, please refer to the following:

Foundational Coursework:

  • EDLF 7150 Introduction to Educational Psychology-Applied Developmental Science
  • EDLF 7300 Research Foundations in Education
  • PSYC 7480 Community Psychology and Prevention Science

Human Development:

  • Choose 2 of 3 options: Child, Adolescent, or Adult Development
  • One topical development course selected by the student with his/her adviser

Methods and Statistics:

  • Statistics Sequence including Introduction to Experimental Design, Regression Analysis, and Multivariate Analysis; Qualitative Methods 1, Data Management (optional)
  • Two additional methods courses--Field Experiments and Causal Inference are required for VEST

Interdisciplinary Specialization:

  • Four courses (2 in Curry, 2 in other departments) organized around a common topic

Teaching:

  • Internship in Teaching

Research:

  • Directed Research (3 credits per semester for each of the first three years)
  • Doctoral Dissertation (9 credits per semester in year 4)

Education Policy Ph.D Students: Please note that coursework and order of classes will be selected based on the relevant program manuals and discussion with your advisor. In addition to the VEST Proseminar, please refer to the following:

  • PPOL 6100: Economics of Public Policy I
  • PPOL 6150: Research Methods and Data Analysis I
  • PPOL 6050: Leadership in the Public Arena
  • EDLF 5500: Data Management for Analysis taught by Daphna Bassock
  • Directed Research Hours (3 credits) - Registering for these research hours will give you credit for the 20 hours per week that you'll spend in your research apprenticeship.  You register for hours under your advisor's name.  The department is your advisor's primary affiliation (for example, EDLF for Wyckoff), so EDLF 9998, for example, and then you'll look for the section with your advisor's name.