Graduate Research Courses

The College of Education and Human Sciences offers a variety of research courses designed to enhance the skills of our graduate students.

Among those courses are:

Prereqs: ALEC *833 recommended
Builds upon program development in extension programming and provides a basic overview of program evaluation principles and methods. Applies program evaluation principles in extension education.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Graduate standing, introductory research methods course and intermediate quantitative methods course or permission.
Introduction to the concepts, principles, and methods in intermediate statistical analyses for educational administration research, with a focus throughout on applied data analysis. The frame of reference for this course is experimental and ex post facto research designs. We will review of descriptive statistics (including measures of central tendency, variability, proportions, and basics of probability theory), however, this course particularly focuses on inferential statistics (for example, bivariate correlation, t-tests, one-way ANOVA, chi-square, discriminate analysis, and linear regression). All concepts will be taught from an applied perspective. This course also provides hands-on application of planning, conducting, and reporting of analyses using APA style.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Admission to a doctoral program
Intended for students who are working on the development of their dissertation proposal. Component parts of the dissertation proposal. Students from all areas of Teachers College and the University of Nebraska who are in the process of developing their proposal will find this course to be of use. Typically the course should be taken after the research tools have been completed.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 459/859
Computation and interpretation of measures of central position, variability, and correlation; introduction to sampling, probability, and tests of significance.
This course is a prerequisite for: EDPS 470, EDPS 800, EDPS 900A, EDPS 900D, EDPS 900J, EDPS 900K, NUTR 486
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 3
Prereqs: EDPS 859
Variety of parametric and nonparametric analyses, including analysis of variance (completely randomized design and various factorial designs), regression analysis, analysis of covariance, full model stepwise multiple regression, chi square Mann-Whitney U, and Wilcoxon test. Understanding and application of these analyses. Appropriate mainframe and microcomputer statistical packages utilized to assist in the numerical analysis of data.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent.
Introduction to the construction, evaluation, and ethical use of measurement instruments commonly used in education and psychology. Test construction principles, item analysis, reliability, validity, ethical issues in testing, and evaluation of standardized tests.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 941
Prereqs: EDPS 859
Computation, interpretation, and application of analysis of variance techniques, including factorial and mixed model designs. Computer and microcomputer software accessed.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 942
Prereqs: EDPS 859 or equivalent
Various correlational-based statistical procedures presented, including linear and nonlinear regression, multiple regression, statistical control, analysis of interactions, the general linear model, factor analysis, and discriminant analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 859 or equivalent
Presentation of statistical procedures that do not require fundamental assumptions about the distribution property of the variables to be analyzed. Chi Square tests, rank tests of location (Wilcoxen, Mann Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, Friedman), tests of goodness of fit (Chi Square, Kolmogorov-Smirnoff), tests of randomness (Runs).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 970
Prereqs: EDPS 859 and 870; EDPS/SRAM 941; or equivalent
Presentation of various measurement theories and concepts, including classical true-score theory, reliability and validity, test construction, item response theory, test equating, test bias, and criterion-referenced tests.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 971
Structural Equation Modeling Crosslisted as SRAM 971
Prereqs: EDPS/SRAM 942 and 970; or equivalent
Introduction to the techniques of path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling with emphasis on the set-up and interpretation of different models using the LISREL program. Model testing and evaluation, goodness-of-fit indices, violations of assumptions, specification searches, and power analyses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 972
Multivariate Analysis Crosslisted as SRAM 972
Prereqs: EDPS/SRAM 941 and 942
Techniques of multivariate analyses, including multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, multivariate multiple regression, multigroup discriminant analysis, canonical analysis, repeated measures (Multivariate model), and time series. Mathematical models presented and analyzed. Instruction complemented by appropriate statistical software packages.
This course is a prerequisite for: EDPS 980
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Theories and strategies of evaluation examined within the context of society at large and educational and human service programs in particular. Key evaluation models examined as they relate to judgments and decisions about programs. Methodological, social, and political issues in evaluation which pertain equally to an educational program or a human service agency.
This course is a prerequisite for: EDPS 973B
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent or parallel EDPS 859
Purposes and characteristics of research process, selection of research problems in education and social sciences, critical review of published research, research ethics and institutional review, sampling methods, threats to validity in research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent
Integrated view of correlational and experimental research in education and social sciences. Builds on idea of relationships among variables and concept of casual relationships between variables. Possible research designs in light of these general principles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Philosophical, strategic, and practical issues in conducting experimental research with single-case experimental designs. There is special emphasis on quantifying behavior, arranging and carrying out experimental comparisons, analysis of data, and drawing valid conclusions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent
Principles and applications of survey research. Use of appropriate sampling techniques and applications of survey methods to the study of relative incidence, distribution, and interrelations of educational, sociological, and psychological variables.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
EDPS 900J
Prereqs: EDPS *800 or equivalent; EDPS 459/859 or equivalent
Connections in the general study of history to the study of the history of education. Concepts employed in educational historical research and the methods used by historical researchers. The methodology of historical research.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: EDPS 459/859 or equivalent; EDPS *800 or equivalent
Uses of qualitative research methods in education. The theoretical premises of research using qualitative methods and the application of this information through critique and planning research. Qualitative methods for data collection.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CYAF 845
Research in Leadership Education Crosslisted as ALEC 845
Steps in preparing a research proposal, including statement of the research question, review of relevant literature, and determination of an appropriate research design and methodology. Research methodology, including both quantitative and qualitative procedures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods used in conducting research. Students develop a research proposal.
This course is a prerequisite for: CYAF 867, CYAF 982
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: CYAF 865
Use developed proposal to conduct a pilot study and report results. Technical writing of research reports.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
NUTR 805
Prereqs: Graduate standing
Philosophy, goals, and methodologies related to research in nutritional science. Survey and application of basic research tools.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: BIOC 831
NUTR 820 recommended. Basic techniques for molecular studies in nutritional sciences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Speech-language pathology and audiology major.
Introduction to research principles, methods, and design. Survey and critique of research in special education and communication disorders.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: TEAC 800 and 801, or permission
Seminar on the principles of practitioner inquiry and development of a proposal for an inquiry project.A. Special Topics in Inquiry
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
TEAC 930
Sociological/Anthropological Research Methods in Education Crosslisted as NUTR 930, EDPS 930, CYAF 930
Empirical and theoretical research into the sociocultural problems and the lived experiences of people across educational, family and community settings.A. Ethnographic Methods (1-3 cr, max 3)B. Special Topics in Qualitative and/or Quantitative Research Methods (1-3 cr, max 9)D. Discourse Analysis Across School, Home and Community Settings (1-3 cr, max 3)E. Introduction to Linguistic Analysis of Classroom Interaction (1-3 cr, max 3)J. Hermeneutic Traditions in Education (1-3 cr, max 3)K. Quantitative Research Traditions in Education (1-3 cr, max 3)
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 15
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Historical research methods in education culminating in the research and writing of a historical article as publication report.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
TEAC 935
Seminar in Qualitative Research Crosslisted as EDPS 935
Prereqs: EDUC 900K or permission
Seminar intended for doctoral-level students who have completed an initial qualitative research methodology course and who want to increase their skills in qualitative research. Data collection and analysis strategies and the application of those strategies to research problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Uses of qualitative research in English language arts; interpreting, planning, conducting, and reporting contextual research results.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Scholarship in reading education, including the nature, results and implications of past and present research and non-research and contributions of historically significant scholars in the field of reading.A. Research in Reading Education (3 cr)B. Special Topics (1-6 cr, 6 max)
Credit Hours: 3-9
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom