Judith Herb College of Education

Research & Measurement Program


THINK DEEPLY

about the effectiveness of program operation and research that impacts schooling in UToledo’s research and measurement graduate program.

The master’s and PhD programs are not intended solely for educators, although the programs are housed in the Judith Herb College of Education. The knowledge and skills our students gain are applicable to assessment in any field of study.  Master's and doctoral students may specialize in:
  • Statistical analysis
  • Measurement
  • Program evaluation
  • Research Design

Our students develop expertise in the design, execution and interpretation of applied research — both quantitative and qualitative — and a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of research and measurement.

 

GRADUATE DEGREEs

Master's of Education (MEd)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

The central focus of the concentration is applied research with emphasis in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Measurement provides students with fundamentals necessary for the development of applied and theoretical research, including the construction of assessment instruments, evaluation of instrument performance, exploration of outcomes, and tools for application and presentation.  Modern (Rasch), classical (Thurstone) and traditional measurement techniques are included.  

  2. Program evaluation concentrates on performance assessment, cost-benefit analyses, and qualitative and quasi-experimental designs related to the evaluation of educational programs.  

  3. Qualitative Research provides students with fundamental methods of participant-observation, field notes, interviewing, and transcription, and models of qualitative research, including the their history and theoretical underpinnings, theoretical frameworks and research design; managing, analyzing and interpreting data; collaboration between researcher and researched; using computers in analysis.

  4. Statistics provides instruction in traditional statistical methods, research design, and applications. Specialization in advanced statistical analysis is offered including techniques related to hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), structural equation modeling (SEM), meta-analysis, survey research, and non-parametric statistical methods.

 

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UTOLEDO IS THE ONLY UNIVERSITY IN THE REGION TO OFFER A GRADUATE PROGRAM IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT. 



CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

There continues to be a high demand for professionals with educational research and measurement expertise in:
  • University teaching and research
  • Educational institutions
  • Business
  • Non-profits
  • Government
Graduates of UT’s master’s and PhD programs move to positions that involve research, measurement, program evaluation and statistical analysis in:
  • School districts
  • Testing organizations
  • Business entities
  • Health care industries
  • Governmental agencies
  • Academia (as faculty and researchers)
UToledo alumni have been employed as:
  • Research analyst, Sullivan, Cotter & Associates Inc., Detroit
  • Manager of quality assurance and evaluation, Lucas County Children’s Services, Toledo, Ohio
  • Institutional research, DePaul University, Chicago
  • Safety forces personnel assistant, City of Toledo
  • Associate professor, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Learning strategy business leader, Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio
  • Assistant professor, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Associate professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • Business analyst, Sircon Corporation, Okemos, Mich.
Last Updated: 10/3/19