Professional Development Courses
Professional Development Courses
Register Now: 2022 AERA Annual Meeting Professional Development Courses


AERA is please to offer four in-person Professional Development Courses at the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting in San Diego. Led by an expert faculty of researchers and scholars, these courses are designed at various levels to reach graduate students, early career scholars, practitioners, and other researchers who seek to increase their knowledge and enhance their research skills. Learn More

AERA 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series

AERA offered a program of six engaging virtual professional development courses taught by leading experts in the field in June and July 2021. These courses are available on demand through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center. Learn more

AERA 2021 Annual Meeting Professional Development Courses

AERA offered four virtual professional development courses immediately following the 2021 Annual Meeting on April 13–16. All courses are available on demand through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center. Learn more

AERA 2020 Virtual Research Learning Series

AERA is now providing on demand the nine research courses that were offered in the 2020 Virtual Research Learning Series through September. The very popular series drew nearly 5,200 registrants when offered live; they are now available in the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC). Videos of the nine courses, related PowerPoint slides, and other materials are all available through the VRLC. The on-demand courses are offered at a low registration fee of $35 each to maximize access for scholars at all career stages. Registrants have access to these four-hour courses whenever and for as many times as they wish.

The courses feature high-quality lectures, tailored for a virtual format, from leading experts in the field. They cover a substantial breadth of topics and research methodologies for various stages of research. Designed for researchers at different skill levels, the courses are intended particularly for graduate students, early-career scholars, and other researchers seeking to build new knowledge or skills.

The nine courses include:

  • RL-1—What Would It Take to Change Your Inference? Quantifying the Discourse About Causal Inferences in the Social Sciences
  • RL-2—How to Get Published: Guidance From Emerging and Established Scholars
  • RL-3—Sharing Your Research With the World
  • RL-4—Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • RL-5—The Future Is Here: Analyzing NAEP Process Data Using R
  • RL-6—How to Write About Qualitative Research
  • RL-7—Empowerment Evaluation
  • RL-8—Using Factor Analysis for Survey Design and Validation
  • RL-9—Co-Decolonizing Research Methods: Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous and “Other” Community-Engaged Ways of Knowing

To view descriptions of the courses and information on the faculty, click here. To register for any of the nine courses, click here. All courses in the series are in a four-hour format. ASL and closed captioning are provided by AERA to maximize accessibility.

A second AERA Virtual Research Learning Series is being planned, with live- and on-demand programming offered year-long, including at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.

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PEERS Research Methods Series

The AERA-ICPSR Partnership for Expanding Education Research in STEM (PEERS) Data Hub announces the PEERS Research Methods Series a webinar series of research capacity-building workshops that focus on research methods used in STEM education research. Click here to learn more about the series and view course descriptions.

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The AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC) is a virtual space for students, early career and advanced scholars, practitioners, and others in the education research community to receive professional development and research capacity building trainings.

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