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Doctorate in IDT

The University of Memphis Instructional Design and Technology Doctor of Education (EdD) program

  • is 100% online
  • has 54-credit hours (18-courses)
  • is cohort-based
  • has a time-to-degree completion (graduation) rate of 3 years for 90% of students
  • has two tracks: Design & Development or Educational Technology (Ed Tech)

The Program

Students take 2-3 courses each semester spanning 7-weeks or 14-weeks (see Course Rotation: Design & Development or Ed Tech). The small cohort numbers enable faculty to provide individualized attention and mentorship and facilitate a close-knit community among students. An annual symposium (optional) allows for students to interact with peers and faculty face-to-face.

The program is designed to assist students in developing as scholars and expert practitioners in a rapidly growing field that is dedicated to using technology, cognitive and learning science, and analytics to transform instruction, education, and training across K-12 schools, higher education, government, military, health care and other industries.

Throughout the program, students cultivate expertise and skills in programming, animation, simulation, augmented and virtual reality, game-based learning, online and mobile learning and design, and learning and data analytics. Students engage in a series of research and scholarship courses that culminate in an applied research project to solve problems of practice. A student's development as a scholar is further cultivated throughout the program through opportunities to tailor course projects to research interests, assist in faculty-led research projects and grants, and gain learning and design experience through apprenticeships with a faculty member and in a program run the studio. Over the past three years, 100% of students have presented at national or regional conferences or published in refereed journals and newsletters.

When students graduate from the program, they are positioned as an asset to any company and ready to step into a variety of positions, including but not limited to a technology director within a K-12 school system; a director of online learning at a college or university; a university faculty member; a senior-level learning architect, UX/UI designer, or instructional designer in any industry; or researcher.

Admissions to the program occurs once a year. The annual deadline to apply is January 31, with courses beginning in May (Summer term).

Start taking courses now. Apply for the Design and Development Certificate program today. Earn a certificate. If admitted into the IDT EdD program, all credit hours will transfer.

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.


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