EPRS 4500 Qualitative Inquiry I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is an introductory course qualitative inquiry. It is designed to provide theoretical and practical understandings of qualitative/interpretive research. This course provides students with an overview of the broad field of qualitative methodology, as well as an introduction to historical, philosophical, and policy research methodologies. Students will study theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research and research design. In addition, students will learn how to evaluate qualitative studies and write a qualitative research proposal.

EPRS 4530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is the introductory course designed to provide theoretical and applied understandings of quantitative research. Fundamentals of research and hypothesis testing are taught and then built upon for instruction in experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs along with the requisite statistical tools for analyzing data from these designs. In addition, skills are developed in the use of SPSS, reviewing research articles, and writing research papers.

EPRS 4900 Methods of Research in Human Learning and Development-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an introduction to research in human learning and development, with instruction in the basic concepts, epistemologies, and methods used in such research. Objectives for the course include developing capacities to read, summarize, organize, critique, and design research. This course has been identified as a “Critical Thinking Through Writing (CTW)” course. This course may include a Signature Experience component.

EPRS 4905 Methods of Research in Education
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces students to the research enterprise in the context of educational settings. Students enrolled in the class will participate in class discussions on a broad range of topics related to the design of research studies, common methods employed, and the procedures for implementing educational research studies.

EPRS 4910 Action Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is an introduction to action research. The goal of action research is for stakeholders within a particular organization to solve problems by engaging in a systematic process of inquiry. This process enables stakeholders to make informed decisions. In the course, you will write an action research proposal thereby helping you bridge theory and practice. The project will enable you to solve a relevant problem as well as encourage you to be a reflective researcher. Through lecture, discussion, hands-on problem solving, and cooperative groups, students will be guided by the instructor.

EPRS 4920 Educational Measurement
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites EPRS 4530 with a grade of C or higher or instructor permission
Description

This course is an introduction to measurement theory in education, emphasizing the application of measurement theory to test development and to educational research. The course addresses principals that apply to basic measurement, Classical Test Theory (CCT), and an introduction to Item Response Theory (IRT). Students will learn how to construct well-designed tests that yield valid and reliable measures of how well students learn. Students will also learn to judge the advantages and limitations of tests and test scores, so that they will be able to use test results appropriately and effectively.