Students admitted to doctoral programs prior to Fall 2015 may choose to use either the current Ph.D. Research Requirements listed below, or to use newly approved program Ph.D. research requirements. Students admitted Fall 2015 or later must use their program’s research requirements. Check with your program for options available to you.


The College of Education requires students in all of its doctoral programs to demonstrate proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. We require five courses in research methodology for all doctoral students, with three courses in either quantitative or qualitative research and two courses in the other area. Within this structure, departments and programs have great flexibility to set more specific requirements. This is in addition to the following course, which must be taken in the first year of the student’s Ph.D. program:

  • EALL:5150  Introduction to Educational Research

It is very important that students make their course selection in regular and close consultation with their advisors. For course offerings, check MyUI.

Courses that may be used for meeting qualitative requirements

All students must take one of the following four courses:

  • EPLS:7373 Qualitative Research Design and Methods
  • RCE:7338 Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education
  • EDTL:7070 Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Literacy Research
  • PSQF:7331 Qualitative Educational Research Methods

Students may then take one or two courses as appropriate for their program from the following list. After this requirement has been met, students may take additional coursework from the above list. University of Iowa courses may be added to this list if approved by the Executive Council of the College.

  • HIST:7197 The Art and Craft of Historical Writing
  • HIST:7199 History Workshop Theory & Interpretation
  • EPLS:5195 Research in Cross-Cultural Settings
  • EPLS:5240 Introduction to Historical Methodology
  • RCE:7438 Advanced Qualitative Research Seminar in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
  • RCE:7444 Qualitative Research in the Multicultural Context
  • PSQF:6265 Program Evaluation
  • EDTL:7410 Mixed Methods Research
  • PSQF:7331 Conducting Research Online
  • EDTL:6267 Seminar Current Issues in Art Education: Qualitative Methods
  • EDTL:7071 Critical Discourse Analysis
  • EDTL:7072 Advanced Methods of Literacy Research: Qualitative Data Analysis and Reporting
  • EDTL:7073 Ethnographic Methods, Theories, and Texts
  • EDTL:7774 Qualitative Research with Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
  • EDTL:7751 Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
  • EDTL:7953 Single Subject Design Research
  • CNW:6654 The Ethnographic Essay

Courses that may be used for meeting quantitative requirements

All students must take:

  • PSQF:6243 Intermediate Statistical Methods.

With the approval of the student’s program and advisor, this course may be taken pass/fail.

Students with little or no previous coursework in statistical methods may want to take PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods before taking PSQF:6243. However, PSQF:4143 cannot be used to fulfill the quantitative research requirement.

Students may then take one or two courses as appropriate for their program from the following list. University of Iowa courses may be added to this list if approved by the Executive Council of the College.

  • EPLS:5176 Demographic Techniques for Educational Research
  • EPLS:6206 Research Process and Design
  • EPLS:6209 Survey Research and Design
  • EPLS:6370 Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
  • PSQF:6220 Quantitative Educational Research Methodologies
  • PSQF:6244 Correlation and Regression
  • PSQF:6246 Design of Experiments
  • PSQF:6247 Nonparametric Statistics
  • PSQF:6249 Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Models
  • PSQF:6252 Introduction to Multivariate Statistical Methods