General Information for Students

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Research Experience Requirement (RER)

Students enrolled in EEX 2091 Disability and Society and EEX 4070 Inclusive Education for General Educators are required to earn RERs by completing one of the following activities: (1) serving as a participant (otherwise referred to as “subject”) in an IRB-approved research study conducted under the supervision of DESE faculty and/or DESE graduate student, (2) participating in one or more professional training sessions (e.g. DESE colloquia) conducted by department faculty or graduate students, or (3) writing a summary of an empirical research article (specific assignment is described in syllabus for the specific course).

Why is participating in a subject pool important?

Participation in the subject pool serves five important functions. First, most of what students are taught in social science/education courses is based on carefully conducted research with human volunteers. Research can seem rather mysterious in the abstract. Participation in research studies can provide a first-hand look at the research enterprise that uncovers the most effective instructional methods or other information contributing to teaching and learning. Second, research participation can provide exposure to a variety of different kinds of research methods and aspects of teaching and learning. Methodology can range from survey, to measuring attitudes, watching videos, responding to questions about content to interacting with others. Third, people (in this case students) contribute to the knowledge base when participating in a research study. Fourth, participating in research can make one a better consumer of research literature. The first-hand experience with research may lead to critical questions about results, generalizations and methodology used in research. Finally, the experience may actually be interesting. The experience/information may contribute to the learning experience in a course.

There are some steps necessary to complete the Research Experience Requirement (RER). Read and follow the list below:

  1. If you are a student in EEX 2091 Disability and Society or EEX 4070 Inclusive Education for General Educators, click here for information on opportunities in which you can participate to meet the RER.

  2. After choosing a study or Research Experience earning activity in which you wish to participate, (1) RSVP to the activity, as described on the flyer/activity, and (2) click on the link to the registration form.

  3. Be sure to note if your participation requires confirmation of your registration or RSVP to the event.

  4. Record the information about the study noting when, where, and how participation is required for the study.

  5. You will be considered a no-show if you are more than 15 minutes late for the study or the event. Please be prompt.

  6. Once you have completed the study requirements or the event is ending, you will be issued a Certificate of Participation. Some certificates, such as those for events, will contain three questions that must be completed and presented to your instructor to earn credit for fulfilling the RER.

  7. Be sure to submit the Certificate of Participation to your instructor as evidence of RER completion.

  8. Email the Subject Pool Coordinator at with any questions.

If you are a student in EEX 2091 Disability and Society or EEX 4070 Inclusive Education for General Educators, click here to view opportunities to earn RERs.