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EDUC640 - Research Methods in Education

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC640 Course ID: 2811 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of approaches to research; rationales for methodological choices; integrity of research processes; and tools and techniques for data collection and analyses. Additional topics include making conclusions public and ensuring that research participants are respected and valued throughout the research process. Course participation and activities provide experiences designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills necessary to select, evaluate, and apply findings from extant research and conceptualize research studies related to issues at the K-12 and/or higher education levels. Candidates in the M. Ed. Teaching-Concentration in Secondary Social Studies program must take the 16-week course version per the West Virginia Board of Education-no exceptions. (Prerequisites: Either EDUC502, EDUC503, EDUC505, EDUC506, EDUC508, EDUC509, EDUC621, SAHE511, or ADHE601)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine types of research
  • Appraise research methods (e.g. such as qualitative, quantitative, single-case designs, action research, and outcome-based research)
  • Evaluate the relevance of research in advancing the discipline/field
  • Examine problems/issues and related limitations in research studies in the discipline
  • Use research data to create strategies that impact education or school counseling outcomes
  • Examine how program evaluation and research findings can inform change, provide accountability and produce evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting the results of research and/or program evaluation studies

Demonstrate measurable outcomes for programs, interventions, and experiences in discipline

Required Course Materials:

Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods

approaches (4th ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, Inc.

A series of research articles will be required to read for various assignments.

Recommended Textbook for the degree program:

In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th Ed.) if you have not previously purchased this resource.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.