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Coursework and Preparation
The two-year MAE online program prepares students to become program evaluators by requiring the completion of comprehensive course work that spans educational research methodology, statistics as it applies to program evaluation, and program evaluation theory and tools. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty and other students in the development of applied and relevant projects befitting a program evaluator.
All students will be required to complete a major project under the direction of the faculty in lieu of a thesis. The comprehensive project will require students to apply, evaluate, and synthesize the theory, knowledge, and skills gained from participation in the major’s coursework. Because educational evaluation is an applied discipline and requires the ability to link theory with practice, a theory-based project is more relevant than a thesis.
Courses and Catalog Descriptions
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EDF 7491 Evaluation of Educational Products and Systems (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Model and methods for formative and summative evaluation of educational products and programs.
EDF 6401 Educational Statistics (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Application to educational data and problems.
EDF 7486 Methods of Educational Research (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Examination of research methodologies. Problem identification as well as organization and presentation of data.
EDF 6464 Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Introduces students to basic concepts and theories in qualitative research to enable them to design and conduct qualitative studies. Examples of different types of qualitative research designs and approaches are analyzed in relation to specific evaluative criteria.
EDF 6416 Quantitative Methods for Evaluation in Educational Environments (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Integrated coverage of advanced quantitative methods for evaluation research. A conceptual approach with an emphasis on reading and writing research results sections. Topics include missing data techniques and statistical procedures, such as linear regression, ANCOVA, logistic regression, psychometric statistical indices, and exploratory factor analysis.
EDF 6463 Culturally Responsive Evaluation in Educational Environments (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Theory, models, and methods applicable to the planning and implementation of culturally responsive evaluations with the recognition that evaluation takes place within cultural, social, economic, and political contexts.
EDF 7931 Seminar in Educational Research (3-credits)
Catalog Description: In-depth examination of specific methodological approaches to educational research. [Currently covering topics of survey design, construction, implementation, and sampling decisions and methods—will be submitted by instructor as new course titled, “Opinion and Attitude in Evaluation Research].
Approved Elective (3-credits)
Description: The student should select electives to meet individual professional goals. Elective courses may be taken within Research and Evaluation Methodology or areas outside the program with the approval of the student’s advisor.
EDF 6468 Evaluation Management for Grants in Educational Environments (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Coverage of the theory and tools applicable to the planning, implementing, and completing a grant-funded evaluation.
EDF 6492 Evaluation Communication and Ethics in Educational Environments (3-credits)
Catalog Description: Provides a twofold emphasis: one on strategies for communicating and reporting evaluation processes and findings, and another on the understandings and applications of ethics to evaluation research.
EDF 6973 Project In Lieu of Thesis (1-6 credits)
Catalog Description: Develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for a program in an educational environment. Provide strong theoretical and practical rationale for the plan and approach. Implement and conduct the evaluation and provide a final report.