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Doctorate in IDT: Design and Development

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  • 100% online
  • 3 Year Graduation rate for 90% of students
  • Built for working professionals
  • Cohort-based
  • 60 credit hours (20 courses)

The Design and Development Doctor of Education (EdD) program in Instructional Design and Technology prepares professionals to become scholars and expert practitioners in a rapidly growing field. The degree helps individuals to use technology, cognitive and learning science, and analytics to transform instruction, education, and training across business and industry, government and non-profit, healthcare, and higher education sectors.

Throughout the program, professionals cultivate expertise in animation, online and mobile learning, project management, user experience design, multimedia development, and learning and data analytics. Individuals become scholars through tailored projects that align with professional interests, faculty-led research opportunities and grants, and design experiences through apprenticeships and a program run design studio.

Regardless of your background, there is a place for you in our program! Many designers happen upon the profession from varied career paths (e.g., art, business, communication, computer science, education, English, graphic design, psychology, sociology). Join our eclectic group to design the future of education and training!

This program prepares professionals for the following careers business and industry, higher education, and government and non-profit sectors:

  • Instructional designer
  • Assessment coordinator
  • User experience designer
  • Learning engineer
  • Project manager
  • e-Learning specialist
  • Multimedia developer
  • Higher education faculty member
  • Performance support specialist
  • Instructional consultant
  • Learning technologist
  • Learning experience designer

The doctoral program is 60 credit hours and can be completed in three years. Professionals take 2-3 courses each semester that span 7 or 14 weeks each. Small cohort sizes enable faculty to provide individual opportunities for research, mentorship, and professional development.

Program of Study

Course Title
IDT 7052 Introduction to Instructional Design and Technology
IDT 7070 Instructional Design Process I
IDT 7071 Principles and Applications of Instructional Design
IDT 7074 Theories and Models of Instructional Design
IDT 7075 Instructional/Performance Consulting
IDT 7078 Seminar in Instructional Design and Technology
IDT 7080 Learning Experience Design
IDT 7090 Developing Interactive Learning Environments I
IDT 7095 Developing Interactive Learning Environments II
IDT 8092 Research and Scholarship in IDT III
IDT 8100 Research and Scholarship in IDT I
IDT 8230 Directed Writing in IDT
IDT 8500 Research and Scholarship in IDT II
IDT 8600 Doctoral Seminar in IDT Research
ICL 9000 Dissertation
EDPR 8511 Evaluation and Measurement
EDPR 8541 Stats I
EDPR 8561 Qualitative Research in Education

Cohort Timeline

Summer #1 Fall #1 Spring #1 Summer #2 Fall #2 Spring #2 Summer #3 Fall #3 Spring #3
IDT 7052 IDT 7070 IDT 7080 IDT 7072 IDT 7095 IDT 7075 IDT 7078 IDT 8600 ICL 9000
IDT 7074 IDT 7090 IDT 8500 IDT 8092 EDPR 8561 EDPR 8511 IDT 8230 IDT 8600 ICL 9000
  IDT 8100   EDPR 8541          

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Professionals in this online degree program do not pay out-of-state tuition! Visit the Tuition Estimator > to plan your graduate studies budget (select eRate under Resident Status).

You can also investigate opportunities for scholarships > and financial aid >. Graduate assistantships are occasionally available. 

Program admissions occurs once a year. The application deadline is January 31. Application materials include a cover letter, university transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, two letters of recommendation, and an academic writing sample. Non-native speakers of English must also complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See the Graduate Catalog > for additional details.

The review process occurs during February and applicants typically are notified about admission decisions in March. Students in the new doctoral cohort begin classes in the Summer with coursework beginning in May. 

However, you can start taking courses now! Apply for the 12-credit Design and Development Certificate program >. If admitted into the IDT EdD program, all credit hours will transfer.