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.
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.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll become proficient in the practice of educational research for a classroom setting. We’ll introduce you to research methods and effective framing of research questions. You’ll learn to conduct classroom research, to collect and analyze both quantitative and qualitative data, and to present the results of your research.
In addition to the core research courses, you’ll complete an interdisciplinary sequence in Educational Studies that includes topics such as applied inquiry, narrative analysis, and critical diversity studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to select electives in consultation with an advisor to form a focus area, allowing you to explore topics relevant to your own school and community.
You’ll be able to continue your own teaching while enrolled in the program and use what you learn to improve your and your school’s practice. You’ll grow as an educator while serving your community and graduate ready for the next chapter in your career.