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Doctorate in IDT: K-12 Educational Technology

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  • 100% online
  • 3 Year Graduation rate for 90% of students
  • Built for working PK-12 professionals
  • Cohort-based
  • 60 credit hours (20 courses)

The Educational Technology Doctor of Education (EdD) program in Instructional Design and Technology prepares educators and professionals to become scholars and expert practitioners in the rapidly growing field of technology integration and distance education in PK-12 environments. This degree program is available entirely online.

Designed for professionals who want to better integrate technology with learning, this degree program provides the skills, experience, and expertise to help educators better examine and evaluate need, design and develop data-driven solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness. The program assists educators to become scholars and expert practitioners in a field that is dedicated to using technology, cognitive and learning science, and analytics to transform instruction, education, and training across K-12 schools. Emphasis is placed on using technology as a tool to facilitate established learning goals, making student learning more visible through technology, and using data to inform decisions. 

This program prepares professionals for the following careers:

  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional coach
  • e-Learning specialist
  • Technology coordinator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Performance support specialist
  • Higher education faculty member
  • Instructional technologist
  • Learning technologist
  • Assessment coordinator

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 7060 OR
7061

Message Design OR
Instructional Design and Educational Technology

IDT 7062

Teaching, Learning and Technology
IDT 7063 Models and Innovations of Educational Technology
IDT 7064 Educational Technology and Instructional Development
IDT 7070 Instructional Design Process I
IDT 7072 Seminar in Online Instruction
IDT 7074 Theories and Models of Instructional Design
IDT 7078 Seminar in Instructional Design and Technology
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 7060/7061 IDT 7072 IDT 7064 IDT 7062 IDT 7078 IDT 8600 ICL 9000
IDT 7074 IDT 7063 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 Educational Technology Certificate program >. If admitted into the IDT EdD program, all credit hours will transfer.