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Lynch School of Education

Master of Education (M. ED.)

educational research, measurement, and evaluation

ERME has been training students to examine educational programs, design quantitative research studies, develop assessment instruments, and analyze educational data to help inform policy-making for over 40 years.

The master’s degree curriculum includes coursework in research design, statistics, classroom assessment, large scale data collection, program evaluation, and education policy. A minimum of 30 credits and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive examination are required for the M.Ed. degree.

Course Offerings

Each year the ERME program usually receives at least 30 M.Ed. applications. The ERME program admits approximately 10-15 M.Ed. students each year.  In general, about 6-9 of these M.Ed. students enroll in the program. Generally, 3-4 students are enrolled part-time. Most M.Ed. students complete the program in two years; however some students finish within one year (usually taking courses in the fall, spring, and summer semesters).

To Apply to ERME: visit the LSOE Graduate Admissions site.


Focus Areas
Courses cover three main focus areas:

Research design & methods

  • Interpretation and evaluation of  research
  • Models of program evaluation
  • Design of experiments
  • Survey research methods
  • Seminars in educational  measurement and research

Statistical methods  

  • Introductory and intermediate statistics
  • General linear models
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Psychometric theory
  • Multilevel models
  • Seminars in statistical and measurement topics

Testing & assessment

  • Classroom assessment
  • Large scale assessment
  • Public policy
  • Seminar on current issues in testing and assessment
  • Practicum in technology enhanced assessment

* Students may also conduct an independent study to pursue a particular area of interest.