Cognates in Measurement, Educational Statistics and Evaluation

Thinking of doing a Cognate in Measurement, Educational Statistics, or Evaluation?

Our cognates can be tailored to meet the specific needs and interests of doctoral students within and outside the College of Education. 


The cognate in Measurement provides a foundation in Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT). Coursework is designed to prepare students to: (a) develop their own instruments (paper-and-pencil and computer-based) and evaluate the psychometric properties of the scores derived from these instruments; (b) understand the design and implementation of local, state, national, and international large-scale tests; and (c) apply measurement theory to address measurement issues such as bias, test accommodations, cross-cultural adaptation of tests, equating, and standard setting. 

Educational Statistics

The cognate in Educational Statistics provides a foundation in applied multivariate statistics. Coursework is designed to prepare students to: (a) develop appropriate multivariate analysis strategies for given research problems; (b) screen data and conduct multivariate analyses using statistical software; and (c) interpret the results of multivariate analyses in reference to the research problem. 


The cognate in Evaluation provides a foundation in program, product, personnel, and systems evaluation.  Coursework is designed to prepare students to conceptualize, design, and implement theoretically grounded evaluation methods.