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Master of Education: Educational Research and Assessment

Become an expert in education-related data science and research design.

Data drives good decisions! With the use of data at the forefront of school reform, districts need experts in education-related data science and assessment. Teachers, administrators, consultants, counselors, and school psychologists all play a role in the design, collection, and interpretation of data.

Your career is valuable! One of the benefits of this program is that it is highly customizable to ensure it fits your professional goals, whether that is to enhance your skills in your current role, move to a different position, or even to eventually pursue doctoral studies in education. As you complete this Master’s program, you can also earn your choice between two graduate certificates without taking extra credits -- Data-Based Decision Making, or Program Evaluation in Educational and Youth-Serving Organizations.

Time to Complete: Can be completed in one year with full-time study – Summer, Fall, and Spring, or with a flexible schedule on a part-time basis. You can start any semester.

Credits: 10 courses totaling 30 credits

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website

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Career Outcomes and Job Opportunities

This degree is designed to enhance your current position in teaching, administration, education consulting, or education data science, or help you move to another position that would benefit from expertise in research and assessment. Graduates of this program are prepared for careers as:

The Master of Education: Educational Research and Assessment program is 30 credit hours. Those who already have a relevant Master’s degree will take credits for the certificate(s) only. The certificates can also be earned in conjunction with a Master’s Degree in Educational Research.

Master's Degree Core Courses (12 credits)

Course Title Credits
EDB 601 Educational Research 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
Course Title Credits
EDB 604 Equity in Community and Classroom Settings: Promoting Youth and Young Adult Well-Being 3 Credits
EDB 606 Philosophy of Education 3 Credits
EDB 608 Political Landscape of Education: Tools for Policy Analysis and Advocacy 3 Credits
EDB 609 Comparative & International Education 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
Course Title Credits
EDC 501 Child Development 3 Credits
EDB 620 Psychology of the Adolescent Learner 3 Credits
EDB 628 Psychology of Learning & Instruction 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
Course Title Credits
EDB 574* Data-Driven Classroom Instruction 3 Credits
EDB 612 Curriculum Theory & Instruction 3 Credits

*Note: If EDB 574 is chosen to fulfill Curriculum and Instruction, it cannot also count as a specialization course.

Master's Degree Specialization (18 credits)

Required Course:
Course Title Credits
EDB 572 Statistics for Health and Human Services 3 Credits
Choose at least two of the following:
Course Title Credits
EDB 574 Data-Driven Classroom Instruction 3 Credits
EDB 704 Interpreting Student Performance Data 3 Credits
EDB 711 Educational Evaluation & Innovation 3 Credits
EDU 715 Applied Programming & Data Analysis With Statistical Packages 3 Credits
Elective and/or Thesis Credits (8-9 to reach a total of 30 degree credits)

The graduate certificates may be taken alone or in conjunction with the Educatonal Research and Assesesment degree. Note courses listed for certificates only may be duplicates of courses listed in the Master's program.

Certificate in Data-Based Decision Making (12 credits)

Required Course:
Course Title Credits
EDB 574 Data Driven Decision-Making in the Classroom 3 Credits
EDB 572 Beginning statistics for research 3 Credits
EDB 704* Interpreting Student Performance Data 3 Credits
EDB 711* Educational Evaluation & Innovation 3 Credits

*EDB 601 for equivalent (an introductory research course) is a prerequisite for these courses.

Certificate in Program Evaluation in Educational and Youth-Serving Organizations (12-13 credits)

Required Course:
Course Title Credits
EDB 572 Statistics for Health and Human Services 3 Credits
EDB 711 Educational Evaluation & Innovation 3 Credits
EDB 715 Applied Programming & Data Analysis with Statistical Software 2 Credits
Choose between
Course Title Credits
UST 510 Proposal Writing 4 Credits
OR
Course Title Credits
EDB 620 Psychology of the Adolescent Learners 3 Credits
EDU 701 Advanced Research Design 2 Credits

General requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree in Educational Research and Assessment include:

  1. Apply for admission to Cleveland State University
  2. Official transcript from all colleges/universities where degrees were previously received.
  3. Take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and earn a score above the 50th percentile. Students are exempt from these test requirements if:
    • Baccalaureate degree is less than six years old at time of application AND undergraduate cumulative grade point average was at least 2.75 out of 4.00;
    • OR Baccalaureate degree is six years old or older at the time of application and your cumulative grade point average was at least 3.00 out of 4.00;
    • student completes the equivalent of 12 semester hours of Cleveland State University graduate course work (including EDB 601) and receive a grade of B or better in each course.

All students applying to the Master of Education in Educational Technology must:

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for Educational Research and Assessment and/or certificate programs.

For more information, see https://levin.csuohio.edu/c_f/educational-research-and-assessment.

For additional information, contact:

Department of Curriculum and Foundations
College of Education and Public Affairs
Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Avenue, Julka Hall, 210
Cleveland, OH 44115
216.687.4577
k.hamlen@csuohio.edu

Learning Methodology

Understanding how children and adults learn is the bedrock of education. As a participant, you will benefit from taking courses from the education core on human development and social foundations of education, and will also learn essential research skills, basic statistics, and how to write and evaluate assessments. Then, depending on which courses you choose to take, your growth continues as you study about data-based decision making in the classroom, program evaluation, establishing data culture in a school, understanding school report cards and value-added data, advanced research methods, and use of statistical software to present and analyze data.


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FAQs

Do I need to have background in education or data to be in this program?

No. While many of our students have an education background, it is not required, and your professors create assignments that are adaptable for those who are not in an education setting. There is no expectation of a background in data or assessment.

Do I need to take the GRE to apply to this program?

Most students do not need to take the GRE or any other exam to apply to this program. The GRE could be used as a potential pathway into the program if you have low prior GPAs.

Does this degree lead to specific employment?

Most students with this degree are enhancing their current employment in an education position or preparing for doctoral studies in education. However, graduates with this degree are also prepared to take new employment with education assessment companies, educational consultant companies, and data-related positions with school districts.

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