The MEA program produces students for careers in higher education and industry.
MEA Assistant Professor Dr. Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead was the 2014 Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award winner from the American Evaluation Association.
Dr. D. Betsy McCoach is the lead author of a popular book on designing instruments for the affective domain.
For questions about Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment programs, please contact the appropriate person below:
M.A. and Ph.D. Programs: D. Betsy McCoach, Ph.D., Program Chair, Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment
Graduate Certificate Program in Program Evaluation (GCPPE): Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead, Ph.D., Coordinator, Graduate Certificate Program in Program Evaluation
General Questions: Cheryl Lowe,
Program Assistant, Department of Educational Psychology
The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment (MEA) leads to an M.A. or Ph.D degree in Educational Psychology. The program is designed for educators and practitioners who wish to become more knowledgeable about measurement, evaluation and assessment practices in schools and other formal or informal educational settings.
The Master’s program emphasizes the application of measurement, assessment, and evaluation theory and procedures. We encourage students to supplement their MEA coursework with courses in other discipline areas that best suit their individual goals and objectives.
The Ph.D. program in Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment integrates theory and practice to promote the scientific uses of measurement within the field of education and related disciplines. Coursework focuses on current and emerging topics including instrument development, classical and modern measurement theory and applications, item response theory, causal inference, multivariate statistical techniques, multilevel modeling, sampling methodology, and educational assessment.
MEA News and Updates
Janice Kooken successfully completed her dissertation, entitled Modeling Heterogeneity in Growth Mixture Models: A Case Study of Model Selection using Direct Behavior Rating, on November 19th, 2015. Congratulations Dr. Kooken!
Jessica Flake successfully completed her dissertation, entitled An Evaluation of the Alignment Method for Detecting Measurement Non-invariance in Noncognitive Scales, on July 20, 2015. Dr. Flake is currently a post-doc at York University in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Flake.
Several graduate students had papers accepted for AERA 2016 and NCME 2016, including Sarah Newton, Janice Kooken, Tanesia Beverly, and Danielle Bousquet.
Tanesia Beverly completed a summer internship at LSAC, Eva Li completed a summer internship at the College Board, and Laura Yahn completed a summer internship at the GAO in the summer of 2015.
The faculty is committed to a learning environment that stresses a well-organized and explicit curriculum with clear expectations. However, there is also a strong commitment to informal student faculty interaction that further encourages the student’s professional development and identification with the field. In addition, the program is designed to acquaint students with the diversity of theories and practices within the field of Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment, allowing the student sufficient intellectual freedom to experiment with different research approaches and various theoretical bases.
The atmosphere is intended to enhance student-faculty interaction, critical debate, and respect for theoretical diversity of practice, leading to an intense and exciting learning experience. Such a philosophy encourages and reinforces creativity and intellectual risk-taking that are fundamental in the student’s further development in Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment.