Research Project Guidelines

Students in the M.Ed. program will complete a graduate research project while enrolled in EDP 652. The graduate research project will include two primary components, each of which may have multiple requirements and/or parts. Part 1 of the Graduate Research Project will be completed during EDP 652 as a mid-term essay-format exam the covers topics from previous coursework in the M.Ed. program.  Part 2 of the Graduate Research Project is a writing project that will be submitted as the final project for EDP 652.  Both parts of the Graduate Research Project will be evaluated by a panel of faculty members from the Special Education program.

Prior Coursework Requirements

  • Students should have completed most (if not all) of the courses required in the M.Ed. program prior to beginning the Graduate Research Project

  • Students MUST have completed EDP 651: Educational Research or an approved equivalent course

  • No student will be permitted to enroll in EDP 652 until you have completed all other course work in the program OR you are in the final term of course work

  • No student will be permitted to enroll in EDP 652 in a term that would overlap with enrollment in EDP 605F: Supervised Field Experience, Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist 

Research Policy Compliance

All research projects must follow Miami University policies relating the state and federal regulations for research.

Academic Integrity

Submission of the various elements of your research project (e.g. proposal, drafts, etc.) is considered academic work and is subject to the Miami University policy for Academic Integrity. This policy is described in the Miami University Graduate Handbook.

Ratings and Evaluation

All parts of the Graduate Research Project will be evaluated by a panel of faculty members from the Special Education program. Each part of the Graduate Research Project will be rated independently. 

A final grade of “P” in EDP 652 is required to graduate. The final grade will be assigned as one of the following:

P = Completion of the all assignments, exams, and projects with passing rating.

S = Completion of the all assignments, exams, and projects by the stated due date. An "S" grade indicates that one or more items was evaluated but did not achieve the minimum rating to pass. Additional revision and assignments will be required in order to achieve a passing grade.

U = Unsatisfactory progress.

F = Failure to demonstrate sufficient progress towards completing the final research project.

A student's performance on both the Comprehensive Exam and the Literature Review Project will impact the assigned grade. All students who have successfully received a "Satisfactory" rating on at least 1 of the comprehensive exam items and submitted the Literature Review Project by the due date will be assigned a grade of "S" at the end of the term. This grade will be revised to a "P" when the student has completed all required revisions to either of these assessments.

After all exams and literature review projects have been scored, any student who has received an “S” grade, but has not passed one or more of the parts of the assessment (comprehensive exam or literature review project) will be required to enroll in a 1-credit hour Independent Study course in a future term during which they intend to attempt to complete the assessment. These Independent Study courses will ONLY be available during Fall and Spring academic terms.

Any student who received "Unsatisfactory" ratings on 3 items from the comprehensive exam, or fails to submit the literature review project by the required date/time will receive a grade of "F" and must re-take the course and all elements of the graduate research project assessment.