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Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics

In the Department of Human Development

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The Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics area of study includes the following programs: Applied Statistics; Measurement and Evaluation.

The M.S. in Applied Statistics (32 points)requires at least one year of study. This master's degree provides training for a number of positions in applied research settings, testing organizations, and business organizations.In addition to the satisfactory completion of coursework, an integrative project is required.

The Ed.M. in Measurement and Evaluation (60 points) is a two-year master's degree. It provides training for a number of positions in educational research bureaus and testing organizations. In addition to the satisfactory completion of coursework, an integrative project is required for the master's degree.

The Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in Measurement and Evaluation are designed to prepare graduates for careers in a wide range of educational settings. Graduates acquire specialized knowledge and skills in test theory, test and instrument development and validation, program evaluation, and quantitative analysis of educational and psychological data. Some graduates pursue careers as college professors teaching measurement, evaluation, and statistics. Some are employed in city or state departments of education in the planning and supervision of testing programs and research and evaluation projects. Others work for test publishers, licensure and certification boards, and government agencies in the construction of tests or in the management of large-scale testing programs. Still others work in applied measurement, evaluation, research design, and statistics in a variety of social science, health care, business, and industrial settings.

A doctorate is required for most college teaching positions and for positions of professional responsibility in testing organizations, departments of education, and licensure and certification boards. The Ph.D. (75 points)is appropriate for individuals with strong quantitative and technical skills who wish to focus on theoretical issues in measurement and evaluation or who have a strong background in a substantive area of psychology in which they wish to further the development and application of measurement techniques.

The Ed.D. (90 points)is appropriate for individuals who wish to focus on the application of measurement and evaluation techniques in education, psychology, and business and industry. Both doctoral degrees are accepted as qualification for faculty positions in schools of education in the United States.