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Program Evaluation and Research

The Educational Psychology Master’s Program major in program evaluation and research is a unique offering within the state of West Virginia. Evaluators and researchers with a proficiency in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods inquiry are in high demand. They study varied educational, programmatic, and social research questions on local, regional, and global scales.

Graduates of this program have secured high paying jobs conducting evaluation and research at a wide variety of nonprofit and for profit organizations. Graduates also have successfully matriculated into doctoral programs at major research universities. To foster this experience, the CEHS Program Evaluation and Research Center also offers competitive funded positions to highly motivated students who perform real-world hands-on program evaluations.

A plan of study (see a sample here) can easily be created to accommodate full-time or part-time students, as well as students pursuing a doctoral or second master's degree while completing the Educational Psychology emphasis in Program Evaluation and Research. Courses are offered in online and face-to-face formats so that this program can be completed at a distance or on-campus.

Required Courses (at least 30 credit hours including Thesis)

Foundation (21 credit hours)

  • EDP 611: Measurement/Evaluation in Educational Psychology 
  • EDP 612: Introduction to Research 
  • EDP 613: Statistical Methods I 
  • EDP 617: Program Evaluation 
  • EDP 618: Mixing Research Methodologies 
  • SCFD 615: Qualitative Research Methods 
  • SCFD 781/2/3: Seminar: The Nature of Inquiry (students will enroll in 1 unit per semester for 3 consecutive semesters)

Practicum (3 credit hours)

  • EDP 685: Practicum I (students will enroll for mentored research and/or evaluation experience with individual faculty; a second semester may be taken as an elective)

Electives (3 or more credit hours chosen from below)

  • EDP 600: Educational Psychology
  • EDP 614: Statistical Methods II
  • EDP 616: Non-Parametric Statistics
  • EDP 640: Instructional Design
  • EDP 685: Practicum II
  • EDP 711: Multivariate Methods I
  • EDP 713: Designing Single Case Research

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)

  • EDP 698: Thesis

The sample plan of study below is designed for a student who wants to focus fulltime on completing this degree program as quickly as possible. However, this plan of study can easily be modified to accommodate part-time students and students pursuing a doctoral or second master’s degree while also completing the Educational Psychology emphasis in Evaluation and Research.

Several courses are currently offered in both online and face-to-face formats. While some courses are only offered face-to-face, we are working toward making additional courses available online.

Sample Plan of Study Educational Psychology Master’s Degree Emphasis in Evaluation and Research

Full-time Fast Track Plan of Study: Fall admission with Summer Coursework
Fall Semester 1
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDP 612 Statistical Methods 3
EDP 613 Statistical Methods I 3
SCFD 615 Qualitative Research Methods 3
SCFD 781 The Nature of Inquiry part 1 1
Spring Semester 2
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDP 611 Measurement/Evaluation in Educational Psychology 3
EDP 617 Program Evaluation 3
SCFD 782 The Nature of Inquiry part 2 1
SCFD 685 Practicum I or Elective 3
Summer Semester 3
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDP 618 Mixing Research Methodologies 3
EDP 685 Practicum I or Elective 3
Fall Semester 4
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EDP 698 Thesis 3-6
SCFD 783 The Nature of Inquiry part 3 1
Student Competency Expectations as connected to Opportunities to Learn
Student Competency Expectations Opportunities to Learn
Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical foundations of inquiry.
  • EDP 612: Introduction to Research
  • SCFD 781/2/3: Seminar: The Nature of Inquiry
Apply appropriate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research tools to answer practical educational, programmatic, and other social research questions.
  • EDP 611: Measurement/Evaluation in Educational Psychology
  • EDP 613: Statistical Methods I
  • EDP 617: Program Evaluation
  • EDP 618: Mixing Research Methodologies
  • EDP 685: Practicum I
  • EDP 698: Thesis
  • SCFD 615: Qualitative Research Methods
Apply appropriate program evaluation tools to conduct formative and summative evaluations of existing and prospective educational programs.
  • EDP 611: Measurement/Evaluation in Educational Psychology
  • EDP 617: Program Evaluation
  • EDP 618: Mixing Research Methodologies
  • EDP 685: Practicum I
  • EDP 698: Thesis
Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues in research and evaluation.
  • EDP 612: Introduction to Research
  • EDP 617: Program Evaluation
  • EDP 618: Mixing Research Methodologies
  • EDP 685: Practicum I
  • EDP 698: Thesis
  • SCFD 615: Qualitative Research Methods
Create informative reports of research and evaluation studies tailored appropriately for multiple stakeholders and decision makers.
  • EDP 617: Program Evaluation
  • EDP 685: Practicum I
  • EDP 698: Thesis