EER 601: Foundations of Engineering Education Research (3 credits)

Introduction to the field of engineering education research (EER); the conduct of educational research and its application to engineering education; current literature in EER; introduction to the use of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to guide EER; and professional development opportunities in EER.

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EER 602: Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks in Engineering Education Research (3 credits)

An in-depth examination of theories from education, psychology, and other disciplines that are relevant to EER with a focus on how the theories apply to EER, how they can guide research, and how they advance knowledge and practice.

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EER 610: Practicum – Immersive Learning Experience (3 credits)

A key element of the EER Ph.D. degree is a required 3-credit Immersive Learning Experience. This experience will typically be completed during the third year in the program, and it will enable students to develop a robust skillset in applying knowledge acquired from coursework to practical needs or real-world problems in engineering education. The Immersive Learning Experience will also connect students to academic and non-academic role models who serve as mentors during this practicum experience.

Other EER Courses

Other EER courses include EER 598: Special Topics in Engineering Education Research and various courses through which students complete research under the supervision of an EER faculty member (e.g., EER 690, EER 990, and EER 995).

Research Methods Core

Quantitative research methods courses

  • EDUC 707/PSYCH 707: Psychometric Theory
  • EDUC 712/PUBPOL 712: Causal Inference in Education Policy Research – Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary
  • EDUC 714/PUBPOL 713: Causal Inference in Education Research and Policy – Postsecondary
  • EDUC 793: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
  • EDUC 795: Quantitative Methods for Non- Experimental Research Methods
  • EDUC 803 / PSYCH 804: Structural Equation Modeling
  • PSYCH 613: Advanced Statistical Methods I
  • PSYCH 614: Advanced Statistical Methods II
  • PSYCH 711: Questionnaire Design and Evaluation
  • SOC 610: Statistical Methods
  • SOC 612: Applied Sampling
  • SW 671: Quantitative Methodologies for Socially Just Inquiry
  • SW 864: Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling

Qualitative research methods courses

  • EDUC 603: Design-Based Research
  • EDUC 732: Critical Race Methodologies
  • EDUC 792: Methods in Educational Research: Qualitative
  • EDUC 891: Qualitative Methods Workshop
  • PSYCH 692: Qualitative Research Methods
  • SI 724: Qualitative Methods
  • SOC 522: Qualitative Research Methods I
  • SOC 523: Qualitative Research Methods II
  • SOC 532: Comparative & Historical Methods I
  • SOC 533: Comparative & Historical Methods II
  • SOC 595: Advanced Interviewing


Specialization Electives

Students should propose a coherent set of three to five Specialization Elective courses (at least 15 credits) to support their research studies. The Specialization Elective courses include but are not limited to, existing courses offered in the College of Engineering, the School of Education, and across the university. Students may elect to use up to 6 credits of EER 690: Graduate Independent/Directed Study towards their Specialization Electives.