Educational Research, M.S.

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Vermont State’s Master of Science in Educational Research is a professional learning program for in-service educators who want to use educational research methods to improve teaching and learning. Through the program, you will take courses in educational studies, learn about research design and methodologies, investigate a focus area of interest, and write an original thesis. You’ll graduate as a confident research professional who can use study results to improve your own teaching and to effect change in schools and in policy. You’ll be able to refine your practice, improve curriculums, and develop new approaches to support and advocate for students.

Most classes are online, with a few in-person courses that meet on select Saturdays. Courses are offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters, and you may be eligible to transfer up to 12 degree-approved credits from accredited institutions.

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Why Get a Master’s in Educational Research at Vermont State?

  • Professional Growth: You’ll study topics that will help you develop your research skills and also strengthen your own teaching. You’ll become a better educator and have the ability to promote change grounded in rigorous investigation and analysis. 
  • Immediate Impact: You’ll continue your own teaching while you learn, and you will be able to immediately put into practice what you study at Vermont State. 
  • Research Experience: Through producing your thesis and working closely with a faculty advisor, you will gain the experience, skills, and confidence to conduct your own research and persuasively present your results. 
  • Academic Flexibility: Our elective offerings enable you to focus your study on topics that are important to you, your unique school, and your community. 

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Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Graduate Education and Research
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research
  • Research Design in Education
  • Thesis Seminar
  • Educational Leadership, M.A.
  • Foundations of Education, M.A.
  • Learning, Design, and Technology, MEd.
  • Foundations of Education, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

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  • Castleton Campus

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  • Johnson Campus

Associate Professor

  • Johnson Campus

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  • Castleton Campus

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