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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

Degrees > Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Measurement and Evaluation

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Measurement and Evaluation

The Ed.D. Program in Measurement and Evaluation is 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.

The Ed.D. 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.

Program Requirements

Doctor of Education – 90 points

Measurement and Evaluation Core (18 points):
  • HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement (3)
  • HUDM 5250 Research practicum in measurement and evaluation (0-4)
  • HUDM 6030 Multilevel and longitudinal data analysis (3)
  • HUDM 6051-6052 Psychometric theory I and II (3 each)
  • HUDM 6055 Latent structure analysis (3)
And a minimum of 9 points selected from the following:
  • HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making (3)
  • HUDM 6552 Seminar: Selected topics in measurement theory (3)
At least one evaluation course selected from the following:
  • T6416 Program evaluation in social services (3) at School of Social Work
  • P8582 Program evaluation design for health policy and management (3) at Mailman School of Public Health
  • P8640 Methods in program evaluation (3) at Mailman School of Public Health
  • P8705 Evaluation of health programs (3) at Mailman School of Public Health
Quantitative Methods and Research Design (27 points):
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis (3)
  • HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)
  • HUDM 5124 Multidimensional scaling and clustering (3)
  • HUDM 6026 Statistical treatment of mass data (3)
  • HUDM 6122 Multivariate analysis I (3)
  • P8120 Analysis of categorical data (3) at Mailman School of Public Health
  • HUDM 7500 Dissertation seminar (1-3 each for two semesters)
  • HUDM 8900 Dissertation advisement (0)
Psychology (minimum of 18 points):

In consultation with an advisor, a group of courses aimed at substantive preparation in the field of psychology.

Related Courses (minimum of 6 points):

Selected from the areas of curriculum development, guidance, applied human development, supervision, and administration, and in consultation with an advisor.

Electives (maximum of 10 points):

Selected to meet special interests and needs.

Special Requirements:

The first two years require full-time study. In addition to the above coursework, an approved certification paper, successful performance on the certification examination, and completion of an approved doctoral dissertation are also required.

Transfer Credit

Of a planned program of 90 points, at least 45 points must be taken through Teachers College registration.  A maximum of 45 points may be transferred from another university for the Ed.D. degree.  Only completed graduate courses with earned grades of B or higher that appear on the student"s transcript from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for transfer credit.

The student files a "Request for an Allocation of Graduate Credit" with the Office of Admission.  Once the Admission Office determines the eligibility of courses for transfer, final determination of transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the faculty advisor after evaluation of the courses for content and relevance to program requirements.  The Office of Admission notifies the student of the results.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements.  If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program.  Program faculty annually review each student"s progress.  Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the program faculty.  If a student is performing below expectations, remedial work within an appropriate timeline may be required. If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program.