The curriculum of the Ph.D. in RME is structured around six components: (A) a core set of 36 credits (12 courses of 3 credits each) of required coursework covering the fundamentals of research design, measurement, and statistical analysis; (B) 6 credits of a research apprenticeship, in which students conduct mentored research under the supervision of RME faculty members; (C) 6 credits of field experience in educational research, in which students play active roles in the design and analysis of an applied research or evaluation projects; (D) the doctoral qualifying exam; (E) 12 credits of the doctoral dissertation and (F) 6 credits of electives (12 credits of electives for students who do not hold a master degree).

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses36
Quantitative Methods I
Introduction to Research Methods
Quantitative Methods II
Applied Multivariate Statistics
Computer Applications in Educational and Behavioral Science Research
Measurement and Psychometric Theory
Categorical Data Analysis
Item Response Theory
An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
Introduction to Multilevel Modeling
Meta-analytic methods for research synthesis.
Advanced Topics in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation
Research Apprenticeship6
Advanced Individual Study 1
For a minimum of 6 research apprenticeship credits, students work under the mentorship of RME faculty members (or approved faculty members outside of RME) on original studies pertinent to research, measurement, and evaluation. It is expected that the work completed during the apprenticeship culminates in a manuscript that is suitable for publication in an academic journal. The 6 credits of apprenticeship are documented as two 3-credit blocks of EPS799 (Advanced Individual Study, Form for registering for EPS799 can be found on the SEHD website under the resource tab; and the research apprenticeship must be completed prior to the commencement of dissertation hours (EPS830).
Field Experience in Educational Research6
Field Experience in Educational Research 1
Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits in field experience related to educational research. The field experience involves providing methodological assistance to a research or evaluation project at the University of Miami or other approved organization (e.g., the evaluation division of Miami-Date County Public Schools). The nature of the field experience must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to commencing the credit hours. The field experience credits are currently documented as EPS712.
Doctoral Qualifying Exam
Students must successfully pass the doctoral qualifying exam prior to the commencement of the doctoral dissertation.
Dissertation Hours12
Pre-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Post-Candidacy Dissertation Research
Electives 1 2 3 46-12
Upon the approval of academic advisor, courses outside program may be taken for a minimum of 6 credit hours (course examples are shown below).
Field Experience in Educational Research
Qualitative Methods I
Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies and Grounded Theory
Qualitative Methods II: Interviews and Content Analysis
Advanced Individual Study
Total Credit Hours66-72