Doctorate in IDT

Transform your career by earning the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT). This completely online degree is designed to produce scholar-practitioners and researchers who will work in PK-12 and higher education, and in business, healthcare, government, military, and non-profit organizations.

Sample Job Titles

As a graduate of IDT Memphis you will be prepared for a career as any of the following.

  • Instructional Designer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Educational Technology Specialist
  • Professor of Higher Education
  • Researcher
  • Professional Development Consultant
  • Director of Educational Technology
  • Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Director of Assessment
  • Director of Human Resource Training

Program at a Glance

Our Program at a Glance provides an overview of our curriculum scope and sequence; highlights the major instructional design and research topics; notes the anticipated course assignments, portfolio entries, textbooks, and required materials; and presents the timeline of major student milestones.


The Ed.D. program consists of 54 credit hours (EdTech Track, D&D Track) and extends students' knowledge and skills by preparing them to conduct reality-based research that examines the role of instructional design and technology in learning. We tailor your experiences and projects so that you are qualified and prepared to pursue your professional goals.

IDT doctoral students commit to studying with a cohort. The course rotation schedule (EdTech Track, D&D Track) is available before you even begin taking classes enabling you to make plans well in advance. There are some semesters in which 9 hours are taken; however, these semesters are usually comprised of a 14-week class and two 7-week classes allowing you to only be working on 2 classes at any one time.

Note that some, and in specific cases all, of these hours may apply towards a Master's or doctorate in IDT, as well as many other graduate degrees.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in completely online programs at the University of Memphis do not pay out-of-state tuition. As this degree is completely online, IDT students do not pay out-of-state tuition. Visit the Tuition Estimator to begin planning your budget for graduate studies (Select eRate under Resident Status).

You can investigate opportunities for scholarships and financial aid. Graduate assistantships are occasionally available for outstanding students.

Apply and Register for Classes

Doctoral students are only admitted once a year. All doctoral application materials (Including transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be received by January 31st (It's ideal for everything to be submitted by January 10th.). 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.