Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Course Listing

Ph.D. & Ed.S. Courses

EDF 6407 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH I (4 credit hours)
Theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education: (1) Descriptive statistics, (2) Probability-sampling distributions, (3) Inferential statistics-interval estimation, tests of significance (z, t, F-one way ANOVA). Coordinated use of computer included. Online or face-to-face delivery.

EDF 7408 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH II (4 credit hours)
Theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education: (1) ANOVA-factorial; ANCOVA; (2) multiple correlation and regression -- a specific technique and a general approach to data analysis. Coordinated use of computer included. Online or face-to-face delivery. (Prerequisite: EDF 6407 or equiv. or CI)

EDF 7410 DESIGN OF SYSTEMATIC STUDIES IN EDUCATION (4 credit hours) 
Theory and application of major design models to systematic inquiry, from experimental to naturalistic models. Nature and role of sampling in systematic studies. Online or face-to-face delivery. (Prerequisite: EDF 6407, EDF 7408 or equiv. or CI)

EDF 7412 APPLICATION OF STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING IN EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
Application of structural equation modeling in educational research, including path models, confirmatory factor analysis, structural modeling with latent variables, and latent growth curve models.

EDF 7437 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT I (3 credit hours) 
Logical, empirical, and statistical models of measurement processes. Examination of scaling issues with a focus on reliability and validity. Critique of available instruments in education and the social sciences. (Prerequisite: EDF 6432 or equiv.; EDF 6407 or equiv.)
 
EDF 7438 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT II (4 credit hours) 
Scaling techniques in educational and psychological measurement. Item analytic theories and practices. Application of psychometric theory to the construction and score validation of measurement instruments in education and the social sciences. (Prerequisite: EDF 7437 or equiv.; CI) 

EDF 7439 FOUNDATIONS OF ITEM RESPONSE THEORY (3 credit hours) 
Basic foundation underlying Item Response Theory (IRT) as well as most common applications in educational and psychological measurement, in terms of the theoretical basis, practical aspects, and specific applications. (Prerequisite: EDF 6432 or equiv.)

EDF 7462 METAEVALUATION (4 credit hours)
Planned field applications of principles of metaevaluation. This course addresses both the theory and practice of metaevaluation across a wide variety of disciplines. The instructor is going to blend theoretical grounding of metaevaluation with the checklists used to conduct metaevaluations. At the end of this course, students will be able to make judgments about the value of evaluations (assure that evaluations meet the standards of good evaluation practice), and assist evaluators when planning, conducting, and reporting their evaluation studies.

EDF 7469 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER-BASED TESTING (3 credit hours) 
An introduction into the field of Computer-based testing, including principles of testing and measurement applied in the computer-based mode; screen design guidelines; potential test applications of innovative items; administration issues; examinee issues; the use of item response theory; and test assembly methods. (Prerequisite: EDF 6432 or equiv. and basic computer skills)

EDF 7474 APPLIED MULTILEVEL MODELING IN EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
Development of skills in defining, estimating, testing, and reporting the results of multilevel or hierarchical models. Design issues, model specification, estimation, and model evaluation are discussed. HLM 6 and SAS software are used.

EDF 7477: Qualitative Research in Education Part I (4 credit hours)
First of two sequenced seminars examining the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting qualitative research in educational settings.

EDF 7478: Qualitative Research in Education Part II (4 credit hours)
Second of two sequenced seminars examining the theoretical and pragmatic aspects of conducting qualitative research. (PR: EDF 7477)

EDF 7484 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH III (4 credit hours) 
Theory and application of selected multivariate statistical procedures, including Canonical Correlation, Discriminant Analysis, Multivariate Analysis of Variance, and Factor Analysis. (Prerequisite: EDF 7408 or CI)

EDF 7485 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PROGRAM EVALUATION (3 credit hours) 
Comparative analysis of contemporary evaluation models; model building based on theory and professional standards; ethics in internal and external evaluation; social and political impact of evaluation on decision making; and the design, implementation and dissemination of evaluation studies. (Prerequisite: EDF 7493 or CI)

EDF 7488 PROBLEMS IN EDUCATIONAL DATA ANALYSIS (2 credit hours) 
Strategies and techniques for data processing and quantitative analysis using statistical software, including data screening, transformation, diagnostic indices, and interpretation. (Prerequisite: EDF 7408 or CI)

EDF 7491 CONSULTING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS FOR EVALUATORS (3 credit hours)
Basic nature of managing highly complex evaluations. Particularly, this course presents a variety of methods and techniques to use and control resources that you are responsible for (e.g., scope, time, cost, risk, communications, and human resource management). Students will gain a deep understanding of how to use the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques of consulting and project management in a broad range of evaluation activities. 

EDF 7493 SYSTEMS APPROACHES FOR PROGRAM PLANNING, EVALUATION, AND DEVELOPMENT (4 credit hours) 
An introduction to General Systems Theory and its applications in education, including educational theories and research. Special emphasis is placed on planning, developing, and evaluating educational programs. (Prerequisite: CI)

EDF 7497 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PERSONNEL EVALUATION (3 credit hours)
In-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of evaluation systems and standards for design of personnel evaluations. Students will gain skills in and understanding of interpersonal dynamics as related to the major personnel evaluation functions. In addition, students will apply the principles of personnel evaluation to design their own evaluation proposal.

EDF 7498 ANALYSIS FOR SINGLE-CASE EXPERIMENTS (3 credit hours)
Methods used to analyze data from single-case designs (e.g., reversal, multiple-baseline, and alternating treatments); assumptions and limitations of these methods. Includes graphical displays, visual analysis, stability assessment, regression & effect sizes, autocorrelation, time series, randomization tests.

EDF 7910 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION (1-19 credit hours, varies per student; grade reported) (Prerequisite: Ph.D. level)

EDF 7940 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATIONAL PLANNING, EVALUATION, AND DEVELOPMENT (1-8 credit hours, varies per student) 
Supervised practicum in which the student assumes major responsibility for significant planning, evaluation, research, or development activity. Rpt. up to 8 hours. S/U. (Prerequisite: EDF 7408, EDF 7493)

EDF 7980 DISSERTATION (2-30 credit hours, varies per student) (Prerequisite: Admission to Candidacy for Specialist Degree or Doctorate)

Courses from Other Departments in the USF College of Education

EDF 6606 SOCIO-ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION (4 credit hours)
Socioeconomic factors as they relate to the work of professional educators and the role of public education in American society.

EDF 6883 ISSUES IN MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION (4 credit hours)
Address both fundamental concepts and timely issues in multicultural education and working with culturally diverse students. (Prerequisite: CI)

EDF 7143 MEASUREMENT OF COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING IN CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE (4 credit hours)
Investigation of theories and measurement of cognitive functioning in childhood and adolescence. (PR: A course in measurement and CI)

EDF 7145 COGNITIVE ISSUES IN INSTRUCTION (4 credit hours)
Selective cognitive models of intelligence, memory, problem solving, thinking, and motivation applied to instructional strategies. (Prerequisite: Admission to doctoral program and EDF 6215 or CI)

EDF 7167 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: THEORY AND METHODS (3 credit hours)
Theory and methods of experiential learning in both formal and organizational contexts.

EDF 7225 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION (3 credit hours)
Emphasis on curriculum perspectives, procedures, and practices in higher education; theory and practice in goal setting, curriculum planning, instructional improvement, and curriculum design. (Prerequisite: CI)

EDF 7426: Action Research in Schools (3 credit hours)
Introduction to action research, a form of self-reflective systematic inquiry by practitioners on their own practice. The major assignment for the course will be the completion of an action research project.

EDF 7586 CLASSICS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (4 credit hours)
Examination of the context, methods, and significance of selected research studies in education. (Prerequisite: EDF 6517, EDF 6544, EDF 6606, or CI)

EDF 7649 ANALYSIS OF EDUCATIONAL ISSUES (3 credit hours)
Socio-cultural, historical, and axiological examination of selected issues in public education.

EDF 7655 ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (4 credit hours)
Application of social and behavioral science theory to the organizational and developmental problems of schools and school systems. (Prerequisite: CI)

EDG 7667 ANALYSIS OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
Various theoretical frameworks for analyzing curriculum and instruction. Emphasis on rational models of curriculum inquiry. (Prerequisite: EDG 6627)

EDF 7682 EDUCATION IN METROPOLITAN AREAS (4 credit hours)
Modern public education and its relationship to national development. (Prerequisite: EDF 6517, EDF 6544, EDF 6606, or CI)

EDG 7692 ISSUES IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3 credit hours)
Identification and analysis of major problems and issues in curriculum and instruction. Critical examination of efforts to deal with these issues. (Prerequisite: EDG 6627)

EDF 7934 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION (4 credit hours)
Significant research on socio-cultural issues in education (Prerequisite: GS; EDF 6517, EDF 6544, or EDF 6606, or CI)