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College of Education

Graduate Research Courses

Research… from an educational perspective.

We invite you see see how we can help you with your research training.

Courses Offered by the College of Education
ED_RES 562Epistemology, Inquiry and Representation
ED_RES 563Principles of Research
ED_RES 564Qualitative Research
ED_RES 565Quantitative Research
ED_PSYCH 505Research Methods
ED_PSYCH 507Introduction to Qualitative Research
ED_PSYCH 508Educational Statistics
ED_PSYCH 568Quasi-Experimental Design
ED_PSYCH 569Seminar in Quantitative Techniques in Education
ED_PSYCH 572Intro to Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analysis
SPEC_ED 592Single Subject Research Design and Methods
CSSTE 544 (was Ed_Res 567)Discourse Analysis
CSSTE 545 (was Ed_Res 568)Critical Ethnography
CSSTE 546 (was Ed_Res 569)Arts-Informed Perspectives in Educational Research
ED_AD 591 (was Ed_Res 570)Action Research
ED_RES 571Doctoral Dissertation Preparation
ED_AD 536Intro to Qualitative Research in Education
ED_AD 537Advanced Qualitative Research in Education
ED_AD 538Special Topics in Qualitative Research
ED_AD 539Applied Research for Educational Leaders
TCH_LRN 560Research in Teaching
TCH_LRN 588Action Research: Teachers as Researchers
ED_PSYCH 575Multilevel Modeling
ED_PSYCH 576Factor Analytic Procedures
TCH_LRN 523Special Topics: Mixed Methods
Research Course Prerequisites
WSU Course  Prerequisites
Ed_Res 562 Doctoral standing in Education or Ed_Psych 505 or concurrent enrollment
Ed_Res 563 Ed_Res 562 or admission to the EdD program
Ed_Res 564 Ed_Psych 507 and Ed_Res 563
Ed_Res 565 Ed_Psych 508 and Ed_Res 563

Competencies for Ed_Res 563: Prior to a student enrolling in Ed_Res 563, the student should be very familiar with the general topics listed below. These topics should be covered before enrollment in Ed_Res 563, like in a course such as Ed_Psych 505 or its equivalent.

Knowledge basics for Ed_Res 563

  • Describe the process of scientific inquiry and various sources of knowledge.
  • Identify multiple research designs and when they might be used.
  • Develop basic research questions with at least one independent and one dependent variable.
  • Describe the difference between a research question and research hypothesis.
  • Describe the difference between quantitative and qualitative research designs and identify a given study’s approach.
  • Identify different sampling/selection approaches to both qualitative and quantitative studies.
  • Define internal and external validity, content validity, trustworthiness, credibility, and positionality.
  • Define different epistemological lens and assumptions.
  • Describe how your epistemology influences research approaches.
  • Describe why the Institutional Review Board review process is important in the research process.

Competencies for Ed_Res 564: Prior to a student enrolling in Ed_Res 564, the student should be very familiar with the general topics listed below, these should be covered before enrollment in Ed_Res 564, like in a course such as Ed_Psych 507 or it’s equivalent.

In order to waive Ed_Psych 507 as a pre-requisite to Ed_Res 564, students need to have their IRB Approval (see last bullet point) and the following competencies need to be demonstrated through another course syllabus prior to Taking Ed_Res 564.

Knowledge basics for Ed_Res 564

  • Understand theory and foundation for qualitative/ interpretive research.
  • Understand range of qualitative/interpretive paradigms.
  • Understand and experience with developing qualitative research questions.
  • Experience with collecting qualitative data (e.g., interviews, observations).
  • Experience with data transcription.
  • Experience writing/adapting interview and/or observation protocols.
  • Experience coding data using few forms of coding (e.g., thematic, descriptive).
  • Experience writing analytic memos.
  • Understand positionality and experience with developing a positionality statement.
  • If an IRB is needed for the pilot study, an approved IRB at the start of 564 for a pilot study during the course, or a determination that the pilot study qualifies as “not human subjects research.” For more information about IRB applications and/or the “not human subjects research” classification, go to and select the form for “not human subjects research.”

Competencies for Ed_Res 565: Prior to a student enrolling in Ed_Res 565, the student should be very familiar with both conceptual and technical aspects of central tendency and variability measures, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, z-tests and analysis of contingency tables. Below is a list of general topics that should be covered before enrollment in Ed_Res 565, like in a course such as Ed_Psych 508 or it’s equivalent.

Knowledge basics for Ed_Res 565

  • Displaying Data, Freqency Tables, Graphs
  • Percentiles and Percentile Ranks
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Variablity
  • Normal Distributions and Standard Scores
  • Normal Distribution
  • Introduction to Correlation
  • Introduction to Simple Linear Regression
  • Probablity
  • Sampling Distributions
  • Introduction to Hypothesis Testing
    • Testing Hypothesis about a Single Mean
    • Confidence Intervals
    • Hypothesis Testing for Independent Samples
    • Hypothesis Testing for Dependent Samples
  • Chi-square Goodness-of-Fit Test
  • Chi-square Test of Independence