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Graduate Programs|Department of Professional Studies

Minor in Qualitative Research Methods

The purpose of the minor is to provide graduate students, particularly in education programs, access to a sequence of qualitative methods courses to enhance their understanding of research methods.  Students who are awarded this minor will leave UW with the experiences and knowledge base they need in order to teach research methods at the university level.  This concentration of courses also provides our graduates a documented way to demonstrate to potential employers that they have academic preparation in qualitative research methods.

The minor is available to all enrolled students in master's or doctoral degree programs.  Click here to learn how to declare this minor.


Program Details

This minor requires 16 credit hours of qualitative research method courses and an internship experience in which students co-teach a methods course with a faculty member. Click here for course schedules and delivery methods.

Required courses include:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research (EDRE 5640 - 3 credits)

  • Phenomenology, Case Study, and Grounded Theory in Qualitative Research (EDRE 5645 -3 credits) or Advanced Qualitative Research (EDRE 5650 - 3 credits)

  • Ethnography and Narrative Inquiry in Qualitative Research (EDRE 5655 - 3 credits) or Qualitative Methods III (EDRE 5870 - 3 credits)
  • Mixed Methods Research (EDRE 5670 - 3 credits)

  • Supervised Internship (EDRE 5580 - 1 credit)

  • Three additional credit hours, which may include special topics qualitative methods seminars in or outside of education (i.e., Field Methods in Anthropology - ANTH 5390; International Social Science Research Methods - INST 5990; Ethics in Research and Practice - FCSC 5121; Feminist Research Methods - WMST 5210); submit courses for approval to the coordinator of the Educational Research program, Dr. Suzanne Young


  1. Internship experience: Evaluated via faculty and student feedback on each co-teaching experience

  2. Overall assessment: Dissertation evaluated for evidence of a deep understanding in research methods

  3. Graduate survey: Evaluated via survey 1-2 years post-graduation on knowledge and perceptions of the program's effectiveness and usefulness

How to Declare:

Students interested in minoring in Quantitative Research Methods must complete the following:

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