Quantitative Methods

Doctoral Program

Department of Educational Psychology

Please note required coursework may vary from year to year. Current students should always defer to their Program of Work for course requirements and consult with their faculty advisor / Graduate Advisor for any needed clarifications.

Quantitative Methods doctoral students are required to complete: 

  1. EDP Foundation courses,
  2. QM Program courses, 
  3. Out-of-Specialization courses, and
  4. Qualifying Process and Dissertation coursework.

Student coursework may vary depending on prior graduate coursework and waivers. All required courses must be completed with a grade of at least B-. 

Program Details

Semester Start: Fall, Summer

Deadline to Apply: December 1

GRE Required? Yes

Location: On Campus

Schedule: Full-time enrollment required until admitted to candidacy

Length of Program: 8 semesters, 86 hours

Goal 1: Learn to plan and execute sophisticated quantitative research studies, as well as to analyze and evaluate the research carried out by others.

Goal 2: Acquire expertise in a variety of advanced statistical and psychometric modeling techniques including innovative techniques that are on the cutting edge of the field.

Goal 3: Learn to develop research designs and analysis strategies that are tailored to and appropriate for specific quantitative research questions, based on an understanding of the relationship between the design, the measures used and the relevant data analysis techniques.

Goal 4: Develop the problem solving skills needed to serve as a quantitative research consultant.

Goal 5: Develop the statistical, mathematical, and computing skills needed to conduct methodological research and contribute new methodological knowledge to the field.

Goal 6: Acquire the deep, conceptual understanding of measurement principles and procedures necessary to develop and understand the proper use and assessment of use of measurement instruments (surveys, questionnaires, etc.) for specific educational, psychological and social science research and evaluation purposes.

Goal 7: Learn to conduct applied psychometric research and to innovate psychometric techniques.

Goal 8: Advance the field of quantitative research methodology through exemplary teaching and research, and acquire the professional skills that will support participation and leadership in national research organizations.

The Educational Psychology Foundation courses represent foundational knowledge in educational psychology, and reflect basic knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought and development, research methods, and applications. Foundation courses must be completed prior to the Qualifying Process.

Methods Foundation (17 hours)

  • Prerequisite Course: EDP 380C.2 Fundamental Statistics: prerequisite for all Methods courses.
  • EDP 480C.6 Statistical Analysis for Experimental Data
  • EDP 380D.4 Psychometric Theory and Methods
  • EDP 480C.4 Correlation & Regression Methods
  • EDP 381C.2 Research Design & Methods for Psychology and Education

Development & Learning Foundation (6 hours)

Human Development & Social Foundation Courses (Choose 1):

  • EDP 382C.2 Social Psychology
  • EDP 382F.3 Life Span Development

Learning Foundation Courses (Choose 1):

  • EDP 382D.4 Psychology of Learning
  • EDP 382D.6 Motivation and Emotion
  • EDP 382D Instructional Psychology
  • EDP 380D.6 Program Evaluation Models & Techniques
  • EDP 380C.8 Data Analysis Using SAS
  • EDP 380C Data Exploration and Visualization in R
  • EDP 380C Statistical Modeling and Simulation in R
  • EDP 380C.14 Structural Equation Modeling
  • EDP 380C.16 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • EDP 380C.12 Survey of Multivariate Methods
  • EDP 380C.23 Missing Data Analysis
  • EDP 380D.8 Item Response Theory
  • EDP 380D.14 Applied Psychometrics
  • EDP 381C.14 Causal Inference

An additional 4 QM program electives must also be chosen from the following (or alternative QM program elective approved by Area Chair):

  • EDP 380C.18 Applied Bayesian Analysis
  • EDP 380D.18 Advanced Psychometrics Research
  • EDP 380D.11 Computer Adaptive Testing
  • EDP 381E Advanced Item Response Theory
  • EDP 381C.12 Meta-Analysis
  • EDP 381D Advanced Statistical Modeling
  • EDP 380C.22 Analysis of Categorical Data
  • EDP 380D.10 Test and Scale Construction

The Graduate School requires doctoral students to complete 9 hours of coursework outside of their area of specialization. These courses are an opportunity to enhance research/clinical interests and form relationships with out-of-area faculty; course choice must be approved by faculty adviser.

  • 1 course (minimum 3 hours) taken outside of the EDP department
  • 2 courses (minimum 6 hours) taken either outside of the EDP department, or an EDP program area outside QM.
  • At least 1 must be taken for a letter grade
  • Qualifying Process: EDP 395R Qualifying Process Research (2 semesters, no later than the semester in which turn in the Qualifying Document)
  • Dissertation: EDP 3/6/999W Dissertation, beginning the semester following advancement to candidacy.

EDP doctoral students admitted without a master’s in the field must complete an en-route master’s degree before receiving the doctoral degree. See the En-Route Master’s page for requirements.

Portfolio programs are optional opportunities for doctoral graduate students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a degree in a particular discipline. A portfolio program usually consists of four thematically related graduate courses and a research presentation.

Photo of faculty member Tasha Beretvas
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Interested in statistical models with a focus on deriving and evaluating multilevel model extensions and meta-analysis models for educational, behavioral, social and medical science data.

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Professor and Quantitative Methods Area Chair

Interests include the development and dissemination of computerized adaptive testing applications in educational and psychological testing and patient-reported outcome measurements.

Photo of faculty member Anita  Israni
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Research interests focus on using Bayesian statistical methods to employ hierarchical linear modeling, specifically working with longitudinal and mediation data.

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Assistant Professor

Statistical methods related to psychometrics, such as uni- and multi-dimensional item response theory, response time modeling, cognitively diagnostic assessment, and stochastic test design.

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Assistant Professor

Focuses on mediation analysis, causal inference, and longitudinal data analysis.

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Dean, College of Education

Focuses on identifying factors that hinder or promote the success of children and families from vulnerable and underserved populations.

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Department Chair

My principal methodological research interest deals with the various facets of model specification, including, but not limited to, model comparison/selection and model modification methods. With the use of simulation techniques, I examine the perform...

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Area Chair
Seung Choi

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