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Minor with an emphasis in quantitative methods in education

The quantitative methods in education (QME) program is pleased to offer a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in QME. The QME program offers training in measurement, evaluation, and statistics that encompasses both theory and application in education. The coursework connected to the minor likewise emphasizes both the theory underlying various methodologies and their correct application and interpretation of results, enabling students to plan and participate in methodological aspects of research in a variety of fields. Please be aware that a University transcript will show the minor in educational psychology was successfully completed, but will not show that the emphasis was in QME.

M.A. requirements

M.A. students are required to take two QME courses in Educational Psychology (minimum of six credits) excluding EPsy 5261.

Ph.D. requirements

Specifically, students obtaining a minor in educational psychology with a QME emphasis are assumed to possess competencies in (1) understanding the relationship between research design and statistical analysis and to acquire skills in a variety of statistical techniques appropriate for specific problems, (2) the theory and methods of measuring important variables in education, such as achievement, attitude, specialized cognitive and non-cognitive variables, and issues and methods associated with educational accountability, or (3) evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs and education-related human services using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques. Students must complete at least 12 credits of QME coursework in Educational Psychology (at least nine credits at the 8xxx level) from the list below. No courses can be used to satisfy both a requirement for a minor and a requirement for a major.

Contact

Students interested in a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in QME should contact epsy-adm@umn.edu for additional information.

Educational psychology students interested in completing an internal minor should check with their program to ensure they will accept the minor and to be aware of any conditions placed on this acceptance by their program.

Curriculum

EPSY 5221—Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3 cr)
EPSY 5243—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
EPSY 5244—Survey Design, Sampling, and Implementation (3 cr)
EPSY 5247—Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology (3 cr)
EPSY 5271—Becoming a Teacher of Statistics (3 cr)
EPSY 8215—Advanced Research Methodologies in Education (3 cr)
EPSY 8222—Advanced Measurement: Theory and Application (3 cr)
EPSY 8224—Performance Assessment Design and Analysis (3 cr)
EPSY 8225—Operational Measurement: Test Score Quality Assurance, Standard Setting, and Equating (3 cr)
EPSY 8226—Item Response Models: Theory and Applications (3 cr)
EPSY 8247—Advanced Interviewing and Analysis Using NVIVO (3 cr)
EPSY 8251—Statistical Methods in Education I
EPSY 8252—Statistical Methods in Education II
EPSY 8263—Design and Analysis of Experiments (3 cr)
EPSY 8264—Advanced Multiple Regression Analysis (3 cr)
EPSY 8265-- Factor Analysis
EPSY 8266—Statistical Analysis Using Structural Equation Methods (3 cr)
EPSY 8267—Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 cr)
EPSY 8268—Hierarchical Linear Models in Educational Research (3 cr)
EPSY 8271—Statistics Education Research Seminar: Studies on Teaching and Learning Statistics (3)
EPSY 8281—Advanced Statistical Computing and Data Analysis (3 cr)
EPSY 8282—Statistical Analysis of Longitudinal Data (3 cr)
EPSY 8220—Special Topic Seminar courses may be considered (contact the program coordinator for prior approval)

Student will not be allowed to substitute courses taken outside of Educational Psychology (EPSY) for any of the above courses. Students must obtain at least a grade of B in every course, and those with a grade point average of 3.25 or better in their QME coursework will be awarded the minor. While students are encouraged to take more QME courses if it complements their graduate training, the GPA from the required 12 credits will be the ones that count toward the 3.25 requirement. Students with a GPA of less than 3.25 after six courses can petition the QME faculty for an opportunity to take one additional course from the above menu that would count toward the needed GPA of 3.25, but there is no guarantee the request will be granted. Also, students seeking the minor cannot use the S-N grading option for any of their QME courses.