Environmental Health Sciences M.S./Ph.D.

Environmental Health Sciences M.S./Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Core Knowledge 

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of educational research and theory consistent with that of a faculty member at a research university
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of a sub-field of educational research and theory sufficient to carry out substantive independent research in that sub-field

PLO2: Research Methods and Analysis  

Students should be able to:

  • Understand the range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies typically used in educational research and their underlying epistemology and critically read research that uses this range of research
  • Frame an empirical research study guided by theory and prior research
  • Design and implement a sound study using appropriate methods, measures, and techniques
  • Critically evaluate and systematically analyze data to come up with appropriate findings and interpretations
  • Understand and follow research ethics

PLO3: Pedagogy

Students will be able to:

  • Design high-quality undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of education, including appropriate goals, reading or audiovisual materials, assignments, and sequencing
  • Communicate effectively to large and small groups in pedagogical settings in both lecture and discussion formats
  • Identify and effectively deploy suitable digital media for use in all aspects of instruction
  • Assess students effectively, including developing and using appropriate measures and rubrics

    PLO4: Scholarly Communication

    Students will be able to:

    • Structure a coherent academic argument that rigorously presents and evaluates evidence to support claims
    • Review and cogently synthesize relevant literature
    • Adopt an authorial voice
    • Write in a level and style of English consistent with that found in leading academic journals
    • Understand and properly use styles of citing, referencing, and formatting found in educational research outlets
    • Make clear and cogent oral presentations, including effective use of digital media
    • Cogently summarize their research and its significance for non-specialist audiences

    PLO5: Professionalism

    Students will be able to:

    • Select appropriate conference venues for their educational research and produce competitive research proposals for them
    • Prepare and discuss a poster suitable for presentation at a research conference
    • Prepare manuscripts that meet the standards of specific educational research journals and respond appropriately to recommendations for revision
    • Select appropriate fellowship or grant opportunities and prepare competitive proposals for them
    • Make effective contributions to research teams and lab groups
    • Make effective contributions to university, community, and professional service

    PLO6: Independent Research

    Students should be able to:

    • Develop their own research projects that meet high standards of theoretical and methodological rigor
    • Produce scholarship that is comparable in scope and format to articles and books that appear in leading peer-reviewed journals and presses in the field of education
    • Supervise research assistants effectively

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