A minor in Qualitative Research Methodology in Education provides important grounding for students interested in doing a dissertation employing qualitative methods. It also complements a focus on quantitative methods so that students would come out of the graduate program with knowledge and expertise in research methodology (more than a set of tools but a theoretical understanding of the foundation and development of tool implementation). Upon graduation, a student with this minor would be well positioned to teach qualitative methods, to advise graduate students on using qualitative methods, or to evaluate and design research using qualitative methods.

More information about the minor can be found here.


All Graduate School students must utilize the Graduate Student Portal in MyUW to add, change, or discontinue any doctoral minor. To apply to this minor, log in to MyUW, click on Graduate Student Portal, and then click on Add/Change Programs. Select the information for the doctoral minor for which you are applying.


Required Courses
Students must complete the following courses.
CURRIC/​COUN PSY/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  719 Introduction to Qualitative Research3
CURRIC/​COUN PSY/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  788 Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I3
CURRIC/​COUN PSY/​ED POL/​ED PSYCH/​ELPA/​RP & SE  789 Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods II3
Qualitative Research Methods Elective3
Students must complete a course in the School of Education or in other related departments. Elective courses must be approved by the steering committee as having sufficient content in qualitative research methods.
Total Credits12


Professors L. Bartlett (chair), B. Graue, E. Halverson, S. Schweber, L. Berland, R. Russ, T. Wright, N. Louie, M. McKinney de Royston, S. Lee, R. Winkle-Wagler