Understand the fundamentals of qualitative, quantitative, and action research. Study observation methods, data collection tools such as surveys, and statistical analysis. Practice different methodologies based on research questions.
Learn to develop and assess the effectiveness of curriculum and teaching strategies, including alternatives such as Wed-based instruction.
Select the professors who will guide your independent research.
Conduct a unique and independent research project with the guidance of an advisor and graduate committee comprised of professors with valuable expertise. Present your findings in a lecture to your professors and peers. Demonstrate your expertise in a question and answer session. Present your research at national and international professional meetings.
Select between two options:
Thesis. Develop a research methodology, carry out scientific data collection, and analyze your results. Thoroughly cite sources. Publish a write-up of your findings in an academic periodical. A thesis is excellent preparation for pursuing a PhD.
Project. Analyze a real-world problem and develop solutions. Demonstrate how your findings improve the quality of life for individuals and families. Put together a professional paper of your project and results. A project is an excellent addition to your career portfolio.
Help professors with their work as a teaching assistant or research assistant. Paid positions are available.
Gain additional experience with an internship, international research, or volunteer work.
Annual Student Research Expo: Compete for cash prizes awarded for graduate research presentations.
College of Graduate Studies Awards: Share in the annual recognition of graduate students engaged in outstanding teaching, research, leadership, and mentoring.