Education Doctorate (Ed. D.) in Curriculum and Instruction - Learning, Design, & Technology

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.

Is this Program for Me?

The doctoral program in Curriculum & Instruction (C & I) with an Emphasis in Learning, Design, & Technology (formerly Instructional Technology) prepares graduates to be active leaders in education, industry, and other organizations with educational technology components.

Doctoral students develop broad understandings of current Learning, Design, & Technology trends and issues, and will also have the ability to focus on a specialty field that will provide for rich scholarly exploration in the future.

Prospective Learning, Design, & Technology doctoral students should have prerequisite knowledge in the following areas:

  • Electronic Communication with email, online discussion forums, and blogs
  • Using Internet search tools and online databases to locate educational information
  • Downloading and installing web browser plug-ins and other software programs, such as Acrobat Reader, Shockwave, QuickTime, etc.
  • Using productivity software for word processing, spreadsheets, and computer-based presentations
  • Basic understanding of multimedia, including various file formats and digital devices such as graphics scanners, digital cameras and audio recorders

Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program.

What will I learn?

The C & I –  Learning, Design, & Technology doctoral program underscores foundations of educational theory, processes of teaching and research methodology.

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Internship
  • Candidacy Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

They will also develop essential knowledge and skills in order to:

  • Conduct scholarly research about the use of technology in learning environments.
  • Analyze and address authentic problems related to technology and to develop and implement relevant, meaningful, innovative solutions.
  • Apply leadership skills to establish a vision for technology integration, design strategic plans and budgets for technology use, and acquire resources.
  • Lead professional development efforts in the effective use of technology by developing plans, leading change, and providing a model of best practices grounded in research.
  • Use reflection, critical thinking, and research to make sound decisions regarding technology and student learning, advocate for change, and build program support.

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Learning, Design, & Technology.

What can I do with my degree?

A doctoral degree in C & I -  Learning, Design, & Technology prepares students for various careers in settings such as:

  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Administration
  • Private Sectors
  • Non-profit Organizations

It also provides coursework and training necessary to prepare students for the following certifications:

  • Master Technology Teacher Certification
  • Certificate in Designing and Developing Educational Graphics
  • Certificate in Designing and Developing Educational Multimedia
  • Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

Read more about these certifications . . .

Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I –  Learning, Design, & Technology may pursue the following careers:

  • College or University Professors
  • Researchers Consultants
  • Educational Research Analysts
  • Program evaluators
  • K-12 Technology Curriculum Specialists

To apply for this program, please see our Graduate - How to Apply page.

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