Master's in Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education

Overview

This 15-month program is designed for individuals who are entering or advancing in positions associated with assessment, testing, and measurement in diverse settings.  The program offers the nation's premier graduate training in psychometric and statistical methods taught by faculty who are engaged in world-class research.  Students are mentored through all phases of the research process and become trained in modern analytical methods.

Highlights

Why a GW Master's in Assessment, Testing & Measurement?

  • Leading Edge Learning: Establishing and advancing systems of statistical measurement have become critical to corporate, educational and non-profit operations. The ATM program will train you to develop and manage dynamic, data based strategies to generate profit and organizational success.
  • Rapid Growth in Opportunities: The field is growing rapidly with strong demand for trained psychometricians with the skill to develop assessment tools and analyze and interpret results. The program is tailored to improve skills and advance your professional opportunities with a certificate or Masters degree. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the field is s projected to grow 27 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. BLS States: " Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions."
  • Work:Life Balance: In a recent Glassdoor survey, data scientists topped the list of best rated jobs for work life balance! http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/25-jobs-worklife-balance-2015/
Curriculum

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Assessment, Testing and Measurement in Education:
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 credits in electives, and completion of a written qualifying examination. For international students required to maintain full-time status, additional credits may be necessary due to course sequencing and offerings available each semester. Please consult with the faculty to clarify the classes which may be needed to fulfill full time status.

REQUIRED

EDUC 6112: Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
EDUC 8120: Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8170: Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171: Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8175: Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177: Assessment Engineering
EDUC 8179: Capstone Project in Assessment,Testing, and Measurement in Education

ELECTIVES

6 credits in approved electives which should be selected in consultation with the program advisor.

A written qualifying exam (administered during the early spring semester by an ATM committee).

Faculty
Associate Professor
(202) 994-2602
Assistant Professor
(202) 994-1980
Associate Professor
(202) 994-4362
Career Outlook

Opportunities

Specialists in this field (psychometricians) plan and design tests that collect empirical data and quantify the personal characteristics of individuals, comparing those results within or across populations Whether you are interested in test scores for fifth graders across a school district, productivity of employees in a corporate context, the results of a pool of students taking a graduate entrance exam, or a sampling of patients in a counseling center, the ATM degree will train you to design, use, and interpret educational assessments.
 
Specialists are working in:

  • School or School Districts: Education ATM specialists work directly with teachers administering tests, assessing test results, and developing educational plans for improving test scores.Child development organizations and agencies: ATM specialists are relied on in the study of childhood development. Psychometric tests help teachers, parents, and psychologists identify learning deficiencies and giftedness in preschool and elementary school-aged children.
  • Online Sector: Today, many ATM specialists develop online testing and analysis. Universities, government agencies, school districts, private testing companies, and direct-to-consumer testing businesses are all interested in the research and application of web- based testing and assessment.
  • Private sector: Corporations commonly employ ATM specialists to assess potential employees to determine personality fit for the company, a factor that may be weighed just as heavily as skill set or experience.
  • Psycho-social, behavioral and substance abuse: Counselors use psychometric evaluations to determine people’s motivations, personality traits, and levels of dependency.
  • Monitoring & Evaluating Research: ATM specialists are needed in institutions of higher education, research-oriented organizations, federal research agencies, or non-profit organizations which are doing monitoring and/or evaluation research.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the field is s projected to grow 27% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. BLS States: " Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions."