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Overview of ERM Courses

ERM offers a wide range of courses pertaining to research methodology, educational measurement, program evaluation, and psychometrics. Brief descriptions and syllabi for ERM courses are provided on the Course Syllabi tab of this web page. A schedule of courses offered over the next several years can be downloaded from the Schedule of Courses tab of this web page.

Program Evaluation and Methodology

ERM 517: Statistical Methods in Education

ERM 604: Methods of Educational Research

ERM 642: Evaluation of Educational Programs

ERM 643: Applied Educational Evaluation

ERM 644: Collaborative Methods in Research and Evaluation

ERM 668: Survey Research Methods in Education

ERM 675: Data Presentation and Reporting

ERM 680: Intermediate Statistical Methods in Education

ERM 681: Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments

ERM 682: Multivariate Analysis

ERM 685: R for Education and the Social Sciences

ERM 693: Seminar in Advanced Research Methods

ERM 730: Practicum in Educational Research and Evaluation

ERM 731: Structural Equation Modeling

ERM 732: Hierarchical Linear Modeling

ERM 742: Advanced Topics in the Evaluation of Educational Programs

ERM 750: Case Study Methods In Educational Research

Measurement, Assessment, and Psychometrics

ERM 405: Measurement and Assessment in Teaching

ERM 600: Validity and Validation

ERM 605: Educational Measurement and Evaluation

ERM 633: Language Assessment and Testing

ERM 636: Advanced Studies in Second Language Testing

ERM 667: Foundations of Educational Measurement Theory

ERM 669: Item Response Theory

ERM 726: Advanced Topics in Educational Measurement

ERM 727: Computer-Based Testing: Methods and Applications

ERM 728: Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analytic Methods for Scale Construction

ERM 729: Advanced Item Response Theory

ERM 734: Equating

ERM 735: Multidimensional Item Response Theory

ERM 737: Diagnostic Classification Models

Syllabi of ERM Courses

ERM 517—Statistical Methods in Education

Introductory course in applied descriptive statistics, correlational methods, and linear regression that provides a conceptual and theoretical foundation for more advanced work and a thorough grounding in the use of computers for descriptive statistical analysis and interpretation of results.

ERM 604—Methods of Educational Research

Techniques and uses of research in education. Designed to provide the student with the ability to read, understand, and critically evaluate published empirical research.

ERM 605—Measurement and Evaluation in Education

For teachers, counselors, school administrators. Principles of measurement and evaluation; methods of scoring and interpreting tests. Construction and use of teacher-made tests. Statistical concepts basic to understanding and interpreting test data. (Note: this course is offered as combination campus-based and internet-based course.)

ERM 633—Language Testing

Theoretical and practical issues related to second language testing with special attention paid to the assessment of English as a second language, world Englishes, and foreign languages.

ERM 642—Evaluation of Educational Programs

Existing and emerging formulations of educational evaluation. Developing operational guidelines for conducting evaluation in educational settings.

ERM 643—Applied Educational Evaluation

An application course that uses modern evaluation models, data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of findings to establish the effectiveness and utility of educational programs.

ERM 667—Foundations of Educational Measurement

Statistical foundations, classical test theory, reliability, validity, item analysis and norms; selected topics in modern test theory. Designed for those who will develop, evaluate, and select measurement instruments in their professional roles.

ERM 668—Survey Research Methods in Education

Theory, methods, and procedures of survey research as this methodology is applied to problems in education. Sampling from future populations.

ERM 669—Item Response Theory

Conceptual and mathematical foundations, parameter estimation, tests of model assumptions and goodness of fit, and practical applications of IRT.

ERM 675—Data Presentation and Reporting

Modern techniques for summarizing and visualizing univariate and multivariate data using various statistical and graphical software packages.  Covers theories and research on graphics and the perception of visual data.

ERM 680—Intermediate Statistical Methods

Introductory course in applied inferential statistics that includes applied probability theory, methods of estimation, and hypothesis testing for a wide variety of applications, and elementary analyses of variance. Concept learning, applications, computer analysis, and computational algorithms are stressed.

ERM 681—Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments

Experimental design, analysis of linear statistical models, interpretation of statistical results and research presentation. Analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, and multiple linear regression. Applications in education and the social sciences.

ERM 682—Multivariate Analysis

Multivariate normal distribution. Cluster analysis, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, principal component analysis, factor analysis, multivariate analysis of variance. Use and interpretation of relevant statistical software.

ERM 688—Contemporary Problems Seminar: Statistical Computing with R

This course will introduce foundational concepts in statistical computing using the R language.

ERM 688—Contemporary Problems Seminar: Classification Models

This course will provide a survey of classification models used to identify groups of people from a set of observed variables.

ERM 693—Seminar in Advanced Research Design in Education

Advanced techniques of research or measurement applied to educational or social and behavioral science problems.

ERM 726—Advanced Topics in Educational Measurement

Technical developments and applications in classical test theory, item response theory, generalizability theory, models of selection bias, differential item functioning, and test score equating.  (Syllabus is an example only. Topics will change as a function of new developments in educational measurement, assessment, and psychometrics.)

ERM 727—Computer-based Testing- Methods and Applications

Computer-based testing applications including automated test assembly, item banking, computer-adaptive and multistage testing, web-based testing, large-scale assessment development and support systems, and computer-based performance assessments. Covers state-of-the-art research and developments.

ERM 728—Factor Analysis and Multidimensional Scaling

Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis and multidimensional scaling. Methods of estimation and rotation including the common factor model. Weighted and unweighted MDS.

ERM 729—Advanced Item Response Theory

Advanced topics in item response theory, including maximum likelihood estimation, marginal maximum likelihood estimation, Markov chain Monte Carlo estimation, polytomous item response theory models, partial credit models, graded response models, and nominal models.

ERM 730—Practicum in Educational Research and Evaluation

Field-based and mentored practicum. (Syllabus is NOT available. Students arrange to participate in extended field experiences related to educational research, measurement, applied statistics, or program evaluation, with the consent of their advisor.)

ERM 731—Structural Equation Modeling in Education

Formulation of statistical models, estimation of structural coefficients using LISREL, estimation of model fit, confirmatory factor analysis models, practical applications.

ERM 732—Hierarchical Linear Modeling

Structure of hierarchical data, random intercepts, individual change/growth models, applications in meta-analysis, assessing hierarchical models, hierarchical generalized linear models, hierarchical models for latent variables, cross-classified random effects, estimation.

ERM 734—Equating

Equating designs, equating and scaling assumptions, design of anchor sets, observed score equating methods, true-score equating methods, standard error of equating, use and interpretation of relevant statistical software.

ERM 735—Multidimensional Item Response Theory

Multidimensional item response theory models including their estimation, representation, and application. Use of relevant estimation and graphing software discussed.

ERM 742—Advanced Topics in the Evaluation of Educational Programs

Theoretical understanding of evaluation design and strengthening of practical program evaluation skills.

ERM 750—Case Study Methods in Educational Research

Overview of the methodology of case study research; enhancement of students’ skills in using case study methods.

Schedule of Future Course Offerings

For students and student advisors planning course sequences, it is often useful to have a schedule of anticipated ERM course offerings for the upcoming years. To meet this need, we have constructed a document containing the anticipated ERM course offerings for the next several years. It is important to note that this is a list of expected future course offerings, and deviations from this schedule may occur depending on the availability of faculty to teach courses and student enrollment numbers.

You can download the tentative schedule of future ERM course offerings by clicking here.


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