Doctoral Degree: Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Concentration

Testing and assessment are very prominent in today's society. They are used in instruction, diagnosis, placement, promotions, credentialing, and selection decisions, and in educational research and evaluation. Furthermore, the No Child Left Behind legislation has led to a substantial increase in testing in the public school system. Persons trained to develop instruments such as tests, assessments, and questionnaires, to use new models and methods for data collection and analysis (such as item response theory and structural equation models), design sampling frameworks, collect and analyze data, and conduct research and evaluation studies, play vital roles in education.

The Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Concentration doctoral concentration offers a graduate level program for the training of persons with specialized skills in the areas of psychometric methods (e.g., item response theory, classical test theory, and scaling), statistics, instrument development, and data analysis. Most students admitted into the Program are provided with full research assistantships and tuition waivers. The assistantships provide students with opportunities to develop practical skills, and carry out research studies. Summer internships are also a part of the graduate student training experience, and so the faculty work closely with students to create these important training opportunities. The concentration) has close connections with many testing agencies around the country that provide these summer internship experiences.

Concentration Goals and Emphases

The Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Concentration Methods concentration emphasizes the training of persons in the areas of (1) educational test development (2) psychometric models, methods, and practices, (3) educational statistics, and (4) research and evaluation methods. Graduates are trained to carry out the design of research and evaluation studies, to apply modern psychometric models and methods (such as those associated with item response theory, structural equation modeling, and performance-based assessment), to develop and validate a wide variety of instruments, and to analyze data in such diverse settings as the public schools, state and federal agencies, industry, the armed services, and medical and allied-health organizations. Our special focus is on the training of program graduates with both theoretical training as well as a wide range of practical experiences. Students with such training have no difficulty finding suitable positions upon graduation. We also work with universities and testing agencies throughout the world.

Program of Study

The Program of Study for theResearch, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Doctoral Concentration comprises 54 credits plus a dissertation credits as follows:

  • Sixteen (16) research methods courses totaling forty-eight (48) credits

Two (2) Elective courses totaling six (6) credits

With the required eighteen (18) dissertation credits, the total number of required credits is 72.

The required and elective courses that are eligible to fulfill the doctoral requirements can be found at the following link: Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Concentration Graduate Program Curriculum Outline

In addition, students regularly take related graduate-level courses in the College of Education, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and the departments of Psychology and Statistics.

Contact Information

Please visit the Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics Concentration site for more information.

Concentration Coordinator: Craig Wells (Associate Professor)

Associated Faculty

Lisa A. Keller (Associate Professor), Jennifer Randall (Associate Professor), Stephen G. Sireci (Professor), Craig Wells (Associate Professor), Ronald K. Hambleton (Distinguished University Professor).