Lots of people have asked what I’m getting my degree in. Here’s the official description of the degree:
Research and Evaluation Methodology
The doctoral program in Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) offers a way to combine interests in the social sciences with advanced training in research methods. Applicants from various disciplines who wish to pursue a research career with specific focus on educational and social problems are encouraged to apply. Course work closely resembles PhD-level work in cultural anthropology, quantitative psychology, quantitative sociology, or policy analysis. Relevant undergraduate degrees include anthropology, applied statistics, computer science, education, history, mathematics, psychology, political science, and sociology. However, any applicant with sufficiently strong liberal arts preparation to be admitted would be competitive in the program and would not be required to satisfy undergraduate deficiencies.
Career opportunities with a PhD in educational research include:
- University teaching and research
- Research, evaluation, and testing in state departments of education and large school districts
- Research and policy analysis for think tanks like the RAND Corporation, the American Institutes for Research, and federally funded regional research and development laboratories
- Measurement or statistical analysis for assessment and testing organizations such as the Educational Testing Service
- Consultation for government and education agencies
Graduates of the REM program at the University of Colorado at Boulder have been highly successful in obtaining university faculty positions, positions in state and federal departments of education, and other nationally advertised positions.
So there you go. That’s what I’ll be doing for the next 5 years.