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Quantitative methods in education

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Solve problems in education through research

Discover solutions to issues in educational research, assessment, and program evaluation through measurement, evaluation, and statistics. Upon graduation, you'll be equipped to help inform educational policy, practice, and curriculum and—most importantly—help schools and students succeed.


  • Test publishing firms
  • Teaching and research at colleges and universities (PhD only)
  • Research and evaluation centers
  • Public school systems
  • State departments of instruction
  • Private industry

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#9 in U.S. among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2018

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Degrees and coursework

Areas of emphasis

Your curriculum requirements will depend on the degree (MA or PhD) and area of emphasis you choose.

Measurement - Theory and methods of measuring important variables in education, including: achievement, attitude, and specialized cognitive and noncognitive variables

Statistics education- Understanding of statistics education and skills needed to conduct research applied to the teaching and learning of statistics

Program evaluation -Effectiveness of educational programs and education-related human services using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques

Statistics -The development and study of statistical theories and methods of data analysis that support and enhance efforts to understand the complex interplay between educational processes and student, family, school and community factors with the goal of improving educational outcomes such as student achievement


MA curriculum (30-34 credits)

PhD curriculum (72 credits)

Educational psychology minor with QME emphasis

The quantitative methods in education (QME) program is pleased to offer a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in QME. The QME program offers training in measurement, evaluation, and statistics that encompasses both theory and application in education.

Tuition and funding


Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Fellowships and awards

Submit your application materials by the Dec. 1 deadline, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.

Note: Spring, summer, and fall (March deadline) applicants will not qualify for fellowships.

Graduate assistantships

Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.

Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the Dec. 1 deadline.


The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.

How to apply

Alumni profile

"I enjoyed the program due to the approachable, challenging faculty and close-knit group of graduate students. I was fortunate to be part of a cohort that enjoyed working together in classes and projects, but also got along well outside the classroom."

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Brandon LeBeau, PhD '13 Assistant professor, University of Iowa

Read more about Brandon's experience.

Faculty and staff

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  • Correlates of academic achievement (especially related to mathematics)
  • Mathematical artifacts of statistical procedures
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Mark DavisonAmerican Guidance Service, Inc./John P. Yackel Professorship in Educational Assessment and Measurement

  • Educational measurement
  • Scaling (particularly multidimensional scaling)
  • Assessment of growth in educational settings
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Robert delMasProgram coordinator, CEHD Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Effects of activity-based approaches to teaching
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  • Teaching and learning of statistics
  • Assessment development
  • Use of technology to teach concepts
  • Students' understanding of study design and scope of conclusions that can be made
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Michael HarwellCEHD Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Meta-analytic effect sizes and tests that extract information from a pool of studies beyond traditional measures
  • The role and impact of conceptual and empirical models for socioeconomic status (SES)
  • Nonparametric estimators and tests for complex statistical models particularly linear (mixed) models that serve as competitors to normal-theory-based methods
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Nidhi Kohli | Lab

  • Structural equation models
  • Finite mixture model
  • Longitudinal models, including latent growth curve models, mixed-effects models, and growth mixture models
  • Development and validation of new scales/instruments
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Frances LawrenzAssociate vice president for research, University of Minnesota

  • Science and mathematics program evaluation
  • Assessment instrument development
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Mixed methods
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Michael RodriguezCampbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development, co-founding director of Educational Equity Resource Center

  • Psychometric properties of tests
  • Effects of item formats
  • Use of constructed-response versus multiple choice
  • Applied measurement
  • Improving accessibility of assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners
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Andy Zieffler

  • Teaching and learning of statistics
  • Measurement and assessment of statistics education research
  • Statistical computing and integration of computing into statistics curriculum

Adjunct faculty

Jean King, professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) |

Claudio Violato, assistant dean, Medical School |

Program affiliates

Ben Babcock, supervising senior psychometrician, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists

Christopher Desjardins, research associate, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) |

Adam Rothman, associate professor, School of Statistics |

Adam Wyse, senior psychometrician, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists |