M.Ed. programs in educational assessment and evaluation train students to understand and work with the data gathered in research and educational testing. Students learn to assess and evaluate this data for decision-making in education. Prior to graduation, they must submit a master's project and pass a comprehensive exam. In general, a student with a bachelor's degree in any field can be admitted into this degree program.
Master of Education in Educational Assessment and Evaluation
Students in these programs learn how to implement assessment and evaluation practices, interpret data and design analysis plans. Students might learn to use multiple sources of data and measurement techniques to render their decisions. Course topics include:
- Effective teaching and classroom management
- Evaluation methods of reading deficits and mathematics
- Educational technologies and curriculum design
- Educational assessment methods
- Research techniques and data analysis
- Psychological research in education
Popular Career Options
Program graduates can seek employment within state organizations, school districts, testing agencies and licensure or certification boards. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), these graduates can work as:
- Instructional coordinators
- Instructional coaches
- Data coaches
- School faculty
Master's degree holders that become instructional coordinators were projected to see 6% growth in employment opportunities from 2018-2028, which is about average compared to all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment growth is likely to stem from the increased focus on the teacher's role in a school's success. The mean annual wage for instructional coordinators was $67,490 in May 2018.
Continuing Education Information
Upon graduating from a master's degree program in educational assessment and evaluation, a graduate can go on to earn a doctoral degree in this field. Since there is a need for educators with evaluative and assessment skills, some academic institutions offer fellowships to doctoral students.
Experienced educators who want to redirect their careers toward testing data interpretation can pursue an M.Ed. in Educational Assessment and Evaluation. These programs explore concepts of education and analysis, and graduates can work in a variety of environments, including schools and testing centers.