Ed.D. Instructional and Performance Technology

Lead organizational performance improvement, technology integration and workplace learning across sectors.

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The University of West Florida’s newly expanded, fully online Doctor of Education in Instructional and Performance Technology is for professionals who want to effectively apply research and theory to achieve educational goals and improve performance in a variety of settings. This program prepares graduates to fulfill leadership roles related to organizational development, technology integration and workplace learning across sectors.

The Instructional and Performance Technology Ed.D. is an applied doctoral degree, preparing students to serve as practitioner-scholars, providing leadership, conducting applied research, and guiding change management efforts based on research and best practices related to instructional design, instructional technology, performance technology, and technology integration. Students will learn to apply the principles of systems theories, learning theories, communication theories, instructional theories, and applied research to solve organizational problems. Built-in residencies allow you to foster personal relationships with faculty, fellow students and others in the industry. Despite the fully online nature of this program, you will feel fully engaged in an active learning community.

In addition to careers in K–12 and higher education, graduates from UWF’s online Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology program are prepared for roles in healthcare, government, U.S. military, business and corporate positions or any setting where there is a need to improve organizational performance, integrate technology and/or facilitate workplace learning.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Education and training professionals
  • Community college, state college and university personnel
  • Social and health-related personnel
  • Community civic leaders

You Will Be Able To:

  • Apply theoretical and empirical best practices to create solutions that resolve complex organizational and individual performance problems
  • Generate action research studies utilizing appropriate quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods strategies
  • Diagnose individual and organizational performance problems
  • Conceptualize solutions for individual and organizational performance problems
  • Critically evaluate inferences drawn from empirical research and practice in the field of instructional design and technology
  • Apply ethical research practices when conducting research studies
  • Develop logical, well-reasoned arguments to guide future research endeavors and projects in the field
  • Disseminate research findings and recommendations to culturally diverse stakeholders using appropriate modalities

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Courses and Requirements

The program consists of 36 credit hours of coursework (plus 18 hours of dissertation credit hours). Coursework includes 24 credit hours in the instructional and performance technology core and 12 credit hours of research and analysis coursework. Students will develop, implement, and evaluate an applied research-based dissertation-in-practice in conjunction with their coursework. This fully online program includes three residencies. Each residency will consist of online work before and after the residency, which consists of a few days of intensive face-to-face work.

The expected time to completion is 3-years. Students are expected to complete 6-credit hours per semester, year-round. Students who fail to complete all program requirements by the end of the required coursework must enroll in a one-credit hour dissertation-in-practice continuation course each semester until graduation.

3 Credit Hours

Leadership in Performance Improvement

Students will investigate the role of a technology leader in identifying performance problems and solutions in various settings. Explorations will include researching the impact technology has on resolving performance problems at different levels, applying technologies available, determining which technology is most appropriate for given situations, and deciding how to effectively use the technology to support performance. Special focus will be given to systems thinking.

Advanced Instructional Design and Technology Theory and Research

Students examine the theoretical foundations of instructional design and technology through a comprehensive review and critical examination of the literature of the field. Theoretical, historical, empirical, and philosophical perspectives are investigated as students delve into research related to instructional design and technology. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to apply theory and research to the practice of instructional design and technology-based learning and performance improvement.

Intervention Selection, Design and Development Leadership

Students will critically examine a wide range of potential performance improvement interventions to determine which solutions are best suited for various situations. Students will focus on aligning solutions with identified problems and organizational constraints and effectively communicating recommendations to stakeholders. Students will apply research, theory, and best practices to lead intervention design and development projects.

Performance Improvement Theory and Research

Students examine the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the field of Performance Improvement through a comprehensive review and critical examination of the literature of the field. Students will develop knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to apply research and theory to practice to improve organizational performance.

Principles of Instructional Systems Design

Students will examine the use of instructional systems design models to create instruction that is appropriate from a pedagogical and practical viewpoint. Theories and models to support the design of instruction for use in a variety of instructional formats will be emphasized. Focus areas will include analysis, instructional goals and objectives, assessment, instructional strategies and the role of formative evaluation in instructional design. Students will apply theories and best practices to design a pedagogically sound instructional product.

Doctoral Seminar—Leading Performance Improvement Projects

Focuses on the development of the skills necessary to effectively lead instructional and non-instructional performance improvement projects. Critical skills included in the course and related residency include leading projects and change initiatives, facilitating organizational communication, ethical behavior, and social justice. Coursework will also provide students with opportunities to continue to develop skills in critical thinking, scholarly research, and professional writing.

IPT Foundations, Issues and Trends

Examines the history and evolution of the field of instructional design and technology and its relationship to the related fields of educational technology and human performance technology. Examines current issues and trends influencing the field. Focuses heavily on research, critical thinking and communication skills.

Leading Intervention Implementation and Evaluation

Students examine strategies for leading the implementation and evaluation of Human Performance Technology interventions. Students will analyze change management and evaluation models and develop the skills necessary to select and implement appropriate approaches to facilitate intervention implementation and evaluation efforts aligned with the planned change, the available resources, and the constraints of the organization.

Fundamentals of Practitioner-based Research

This course provides an introduction to the design of research studies in the field of instructional design and technology. Aspects of research design and associated methodologies will be explored. Critical analysis of the research literature will highlight trends for problems and issues warranting further investigation. The quality and rigor of research will be emphasized, including research validity, methods of data collection and analysis, conclusions drawn from evidence, and ethical standards.

Data Collection in Performance Improvement

Examines data types and collection methods, sources, and instrumentation. Examines how, when, and why to collect quantitative and qualitative data for performance improvement projects. Critically investigates researcher bias, reflexivity, and positionality when conducting data collection for performance improvement research.

Data Analysis in Performance Improvement

Examines the various types of data analysis consistent with improvement science. Appropriate qualitative and quantitative data analysis procedures and alignment with research questions and study purposes are addressed in this course.

Doctoral Seminar—Analysis and Dissemination of IPT Research

Critically examines the types of written reports and oral presentations practitioner-scholars use to communicate findings and recommendations to stakeholders. Students will learn how to tailor written and oral communications to meet the culture of the organization and the information needs of the audience. This course includes a residency requirement to be held on campus in Pensacola, during which students will defend deliverables one and two of the dissertation-in-practice.

6 Credit Hours

Dissertation in Practice-Phase 1

Under the supervision of the dissertation-in-practice committee chair, students will use feedback received during the defense of deliverables one and two during EME 8693 to modify their applied research intervention recommendations. Upon approval of the modifications by the dissertation-in-practice chair and organizational stakeholders, students will design and develop the planned performance improvement interventions. Students will demonstrate ethical research practices and effective communication in all interactions. Students must complete EME 8693 with a minimum grade of B prior to enrolling in this class.

Dissertation in Practice-Phase 2

Under the supervision of the dissertation-in-practice committee chair, students will pilot test, modify, and implement applied research interventions aligned with a previously identified problem of practice. Students will demonstrate ethical research practices and effective communication in all interactions with clients. Students must successfully complete EME 8981, where they will design and develop their approved interventions, prior to enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: EME 8981

Dissertation in Practice-Phase 3

Under the supervision of the dissertation-in-practice committee chair, students will pilot test, modify, and implement applied research interventions aligned with a previously identified problem of practice. Students will demonstrate ethical research practices and effective communication in all interactions with clients. Students must successfully complete EME 8981, where they will design and develop their approved interventions, prior to enrolling in this class. Prerequisite: EME 8982

Three residencies are embedded in the online doctorate in instructional design and technology. Each residency is integrated with a Doctoral Seminar class, and will consist of online work before and after, which consists of a few days of intensive face-to-face work. These residencies help build a professional learning community among faculty and peers by allowing you to interact in a face-to-face environment.

  • The first residency occurs during the first year of coursework and focuses on professional and scholarly writing and the skills necessary to lead instructional and non-instructional performance improvement projects.
  • The second residency occurs during the second year of coursework and focuses on the analysis and dissemination of root causes and proposed solutions to identified problems of practice.
  • The third and final residency takes place at the end of your coursework, and serves as the Capstone Experience for the Ed.D. degree program. During this residency students will present and defend the completed dissertation-in-practice and demonstrate mastery of all program level outcomes.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to UWF’s online Ed.D. program in instructional design, you must have a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Other criteria for successful admission includes a GPA of 3.5 or higher on the most recent graduate degree from an institution whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies .

Students will be admitted to the program in Fall (August start). Spring and Summer admission are not offered.

How to Apply

To apply for this program, you first need to submit an application for graduate admission (plus a $30 application fee) and be accepted for admission to the University of West Florida. In addition, you must:

  • Submit GRE or MAT scores (may be waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.75 or higher on the most recently completed graduate degree from an institution whose accrediting agency is included on the list of UWF approved accrediting agencies .)
  • Submit a professional résumé.
  • A minimum of two of the three references must be able to speak to your likelihood for academic success at the doctoral level (for example, past professors).
  • Participate in an online interview.
  • Submit a letter of intent addressing professional and academic background, experiences, and goals. There is no minimum or maximum length requirement for the letter; however, students should recognize that it will be used to assess writing abilities and program fit.

Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Contact our graduate admissions team at [email protected] .

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition waivers may cover up to 90% of non-resident tuition and are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees. Review Tuition Waiver Information to learn more.

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and transfer credits, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to 48 months to complete, excluding dissertation hours and depending on course availability.

Refer to UWF  Cost of Attendance Estimates  and  Financial Literacy  for more information on UWF costs and financial aid.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition

Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Current students should contact the Office of the Registrar.

Active Duty Military

All active-duty members of the U.S. military who are residing or are stationed outside the state of Florida shall have all (100%) out-of-state fees waived by the university. Contact the Military & Veterans Resource Center to apply for the Active Duty Military Out-of-State Waiver.

UWF Short-Term Financial Assistance

The University of West Florida provides eligible students with an alternative to paying the full amount of tuition at the beginning of each term in the form of an installment payment plan or a short-term loan .

Military Students

UWF is a Military FriendlyⓇ School proudly serving active-duty U.S. military members and veterans. As UWF has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011, you could be eligible to receive free tuition with your military benefits.

Financial Aid

Funding your college education should not empty your wallet. We offer various financial aid options for our online students, including loans, scholarships and grants for degree-seeking students.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of our online Ed.D. in Instructional and Performance Technology, you can pursue a variety of positions in many industries.

* Salary and job outlook information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale .

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers oversee training programs, staff and budgets as they strive to create training programs that align with the organization’s goals. They’ll collaborate across an organization to identify training needs and ensure that training methods, content, software, systems, and equipment are appropriate. Their job growth rate is expected to be faster than average between 2020 and 2030 at 11%. The median wage for all training and development managers in 2021 was $120,130 a year, with those working in professional, scientific and technical services earning a median income of $132,020.

Directors of Instructional Technology

Directors of Instructional Technology are employed primarily by universities and schools and provide leadership and direction in the effective use of instructional and operational technology, technology services planning, organization, administration and evaluation as well as the integration of new and emerging technologies to increase efficiencies and productivity. According to payscale, The average annual salary is $80,675.

Chief Learning Officers

A Chief Learning Officer is a senior level executive who oversees a company’s learning program and strategy by supporting its overall business goals. They work with a variety of stakeholders to develop and implement training programs, performance management systems and leadership development initiatives. According to payscale, The average annual salary is $152,685.

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Why ODU for Instructional Design and Technology?

Experts in instructional design and technology are in demand in every industry that relies on training, education or continuing education. ODU's rigorous program will give you a solid grounding in instructional design, cognitive theory, research, and practical application. You'll graduate prepared to meet current and future challenges for employers ranging from the military to healthcare to education itself.

Our program offers the flexibility for you to pursue your individual interests, such as:

  • Instructional Design
  • Instructional Message Design
  • Distance Education
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Design of Technology-Mediated Instruction
  • Human Performance Technology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Upon graduation, you will earn a PhD in Education with a concentration in Instructional Design & Technology.

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Enhance your degree.

You also have the opportunity to earn a Modeling and Simulation certificate in Education & Training as part of this degree.

The four courses required for the certificate will teach you techniques and design using simulation and gaming in education.

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Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours

You will take core classes in instructional design and technology research, choose courses in an area of focus, and complete a dissertation. Prior course work in statistics and instructional technology is assumed. 

This Ph.D. is a post-master’s degree. If you do not have a master’s degree, you may want to consider our  master’s program in Instructional Design & Technology .

Talk to an advisor to determine if you have credits that will transfer. 

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Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

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Rates are effective Fall 2023 and subject to change. * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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Careers in Instructional Design & Technology

Note: earning a degree from ODU does not guarantee employment in the positions listed above. Explore more career information on our Career Coach website .

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You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.

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How to apply.

To apply, you should have a master's degree or equivalent and prior coursework in statistics and instructional technology. If you do not have a master’s degree (most fields are acceptable), then you may want to consider our  master’s program in Instructional Design & Technology .

Admission decisions are based on several criteria. Depending on the number of students we can admit to the program, the minimum acceptable scores on the GRE may vary.

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Learning, Design and Technology

Doctor of philosophy (ph.d.) concentration.

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How can education be designed to promote innovative learning? On what platforms? Do individuals in certain careers require different learning modalities? How can current and emerging technologies best improve educational access and educate tomorrow’s workforce?

When you pursue the highest attainable degree possible in the field of learning, design and technology, you will explore the frontiers of questions like these while also honing your skills as a creator of next-level educational products and pedagogies.

The University of Wyoming Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology will not only prepare you to develop and analyze learning experiences across a variety of platforms, it will also equip you with the college-level teaching skills necessary to inspire coming generations of instructional designers.

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Structured around the cognitive apprenticeship theory of education, which emphasizes experiential learning, the UW Ph.D. program in Learning, Design and Technology gives you the experience digital study while also immersing you in the systems and theory of digital learning. This program offers online convenience with one required in-person orientation day to get to know your mentors and peers.

Working closely with faculty, you will have the chance to conduct research, produce a dissertation and develop the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue an academic career or top leadership position in business, the military, health care or high tech, wherever there is a need for ongoing learning.

Application Deadline

New admissions to the PhD program in Learning, Design, and Technology are temporarily on hold as per a decision made by the UW Board of Trustees. Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.

Admission Requirements

Domestic Students

  • GPA: 3.0 in master's
  • GRE: 151 verbal, 153 quantitative, 3.5 writing*

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 80 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score

How to Apply Please visit our program admission webpage for more details.

*If you have received a Master's in Science degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Wyoming, the GRE is not required.

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These are just some of the classes you might take as a learning, design and technology Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming:

  • College Teaching
  • Issues, Practice and Research in Instructional Technology
  • Learning Theories
  • Introduction to Instructional Design
  • Message Design
  • Theory of Change
  • Technology and Distance Education
  • Interactive Learning Systems
  • Instructional Design Applications

View the full doctor of philosophy learning, design and technology concentration degree program curriculum .

Online Learning At UW

The University of Wyoming offers an extensive selection of fully online and hybrid programs in addition to the online Education, Ph.D., concentration in Learning, Design and Technology. These programs are on par with our on-campus programs in every significant aspect, with equivalent learning expectations and the same accreditation. Additionally, we understand that online learners have distinct requirements, and we are committed to delivering a range of academic and student resources specifically designed to support your success during your time at UW and beyond graduation.

What Can You Do with a Learning, Design and Technology Ph.D. Concentration?

The UW Ph.D. degree in learning, design and technology will prepare you for a career as a scholar-teacher in a university setting as well as for leadership roles in higher education, corporations, the military and other organizations.

Learning, Design and Technology Careers

UW learning, design and technology Ph.D. graduates may be employed in the following positions:

  • College professors
  • Instructional media coordinators
  • Instruction designers
  • Curriculum and assessment directors
  • Curriculum and instruction directors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Curriculum designers
  • Curriculum specialists
  • School curriculum developers
  • Non-profit education program director

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Learning, Design and Technology Ph.D. Concentration Degree Program Highlights

Offering the convenience of an online program with the community that comes with on-campus engagement, UW’s learning, design and technology Ph.D. program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to teach, study and produce instructional design products and experiences.

Here is why you might consider UW’s Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology:

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Enjoy the flexibility of a program that is delivered entirely online.

Incorporate a graduate minor in qualitative or quantitative methodologies into your Ph.D. program.

Study and conduct research alongside faculty who are experts in educational technology and preparing educators for contemporary learning practices.

The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Apply for a graduate assistantship , which offers full-time, on-campus students with faculty research opportunities, college-level teaching experiences and stipends.


Help fund your Ph.D. through a College of Education graduate scholarship. Scholarships are available specifically for students in the learning, design and technology program, such as:

Clarence Jayne Scholarship Kercher Family Scholarship

I am committed to helping build the bridge between best practices in our field and the increasing needs of public safety officials for efficient and effective learning design.

- Jon Lee Anderle, Ph.D. ’18 Having served Laramie County as a patrol officer, investigations unit sergeant and operations lieutenant, Anderle turned his attention to a passion area: Training fellow officers on impaired driving enforcement. More education and training experiences—both online and face-to-face—followed and eventually, Anderle enrolled as a Ph.D. student in learning, design and instruction. Today, he serves as a regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Related Programs

If you considering an academic or leadership career in instructional design, this program might also interest you:

  • Ed.D. in Learning, Design and Technology
  • M.S. in Learning, Design and Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Online Instruction

25 Best Online Doctorates in Curriculum and Instructional Design Technology

In today’s highly professionalized education system, educators must specialize and elevate their expertise if they are to advance in their careers. One of the most promising areas for specialization in in curriculum, instruction, and instructional technology, especially as online education and technology-assisted learning become the norm. While many teachers choose to earn their master’s degrees, for real authority and leadership , a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD curriculum and instruction online program, or a PhD in instructional technology online, provide a real advantage – not to mention much higher pay .

Finding Doctoral Programs in Curriculum and Instruction

From young women training to teach in one-room schoolhouses, to highly educated and accomplished teaching experts, education has developed far beyond the first normal schools and teachers’ colleges. Teachers don’t make up their curriculum on the spot; curricular approaches are developed more scientifically today, based in advanced theory, evidence-based practices, data analysis, and a high level of expertise. That is the role of specialists in Curriculum and Instruction and in Instructional Technology, two of the most in-demand areas of education.

Whether they are developing best practices for adult and nontraditional learners, or building the technology to make distance education more convenient and accessible, experts in curriculum and instructional technology are modernizing education. Because working teachers cannot afford to leave their career to earn their doctorate, online doctorates in education are plentiful, though specialization in curriculum and instructional technology are somewhat less common. For working professionals who want to make the leap, a PhD Curriculum and Instruction online program, or a PhD Instructional Technology degree, may be the ticket.

Ranking the Best Online Doctoral Programs in Curriculum and Instruction

Online PhD Programs is committed to guiding working professionals and other nontraditional learners to the online doctoral programs that best meet their needs. That’s why we have ranked the 25 Best Online Doctorate in Curriculum and Instructional Design and Technology programs. To rank, Online PhD considered all of the fully online and hybrid doctoral programs in Curriculum, Instructional Design, and Instructional Technology, then scored them according to three metrics:

  • Cost (IPEDs data)
  • Reputation (Niche data)
  • ROI (College Scorecard data)

We have ranked only regionally-accredited, reputable institutions that have more than proved their educational excellence in the field – in many cases, they have set the standards and pioneered online education, instructional technology, and curriculum design.

1. University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is the Cowboy State’s flagship public research university, the most crucial players in Wyoming’s higher education landscape and the alma mater of a high proportion of the state’s professionals. Founded in 1886, UW actually pre-dates Wyoming’s statehood, and its location is written into Wyoming’s constitution. Because UW is so critical to Wyoming’s workforce, the university provides regional centers and community colleges throughout the state, but UW has become particularly known for its exceptional online programs – more than 40 fully online degree, certificates, and diplomas in some of the most in-demand fields.

The University of Wyoming’s online EdD in Instructional Technology provides students with a comprehensive foundation in designing and implementing educational technology of all kinds, including distance education. Students are steeped in theory, models, and actual technology, using their skills to solve real-world problems in education. All coursework is fully online, though students must attend two on-campus orientation sessions. As Wyoming’s key higher education institution, UW knows what the state’s teachers need to do their jobs, and what Wyoming’s students need to succeed.

Format: Online Cost: $ $$$$

2. Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University was established in 1923 as Texas Technological College. Located in Lubbock, TX, the public research university has grown over the years to expand its offerings to more than just technical courses. Today, the institution has earned a reputation of offering accredited and highly-respected programs that meet the demands of the job market and help graduates to advance their careers. It is no wonder that the Wall Street Journal ranked Texas Tech University in the top 20 for graduate desirability among job recruiters.

The Texas Tech University PhD in Curriculum and Instruction presents students with the option of concentrating in several areas. Prospective graduate students, as well as teachers seeking to advance their careers, can choose to focus on Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies or STEM/ Global PRISE. These blended programs feature both online courses and face-to-face sessions, allowing learners to gain a deeper understanding of curriculum, challenges faced by curriculum and teacher specialists and the factors that influence curriculum design. By producing competent graduates and leaders in curriculum and education, the program offers value to both learners and the job market.

Format: Hybrid Cost: $ $$$$

3. New Mexico State University

Founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is not only a flagship campus but also the oldest institution of higher learning in New Mexico. The university is located in Las Cruces, the institution has become a community of innovators, offering practical solutions to the problems of the future. The land-grant institution has an experienced faculty and dedicated staff, a factor that has seen the College of Education’s graduate program rank in the top tier of national research universities.

New Mexico State University’s PhD in Curriculum and Instruction is a program designed to provide learners with theoretical knowledge as well as equips them with the skills required to apply such knowledge in learning environments. By focusing on research, publication, grant writing, service and involvement in professional organizations, students are encouraged to embrace innovation and leadership to solve different educational problems. Taking Ph.D. curriculum and instruction online offers convenience to learners who are not in a position to further their studies through traditional means. This translates to lower tuition fees as well as related costs.

4. University of North Texas

Located in Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas is the sixth-largest in Texas in terms of enrolment, dating back more than 125 years. The student-focused institution is renowned for research, with a total of 38 doctoral degrees driving research in the various colleges. As a result, most of the graduate schools have ranked impressively well in comparison to other universities in the nation. All the students enrolled at the university have access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources that help them achieve their individual goals. The learners also benefit from the healthy student-faculty ratio that promotes mentoring as well as student support.

The University of North Texas Ph.D. in Learning Technologies is offered in two formats: the residential format and the online, distance-delivered format. By the time students complete the academic program, they will have skills in critical thinking, creating, synthesizing and communicating knowledge as well as taking on an active role in the profession. A successful doctoral student will also have a better understanding of how technology and instructional systems theory interact. With the degree being respectable, affordable and flexible, there is no doubt that pursuing a PhD in instructional technology online at UNT offers value for money.

5. University of Florida

University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida. Although the origins of the institution date as far back as 1853, it is only from 1906 that the university has operated continuously. Commonly known as Gators, the university aims to be a starting point from where students can launch or advance their careers. With a wide range of respected programs that feature high-quality education, the university has earned its rightful place as one of the best in the United States. This has seen the university being invited to the Association of American Universities, a group of prominent research universities in Canada and the United States. In terms of branding, the official colors of the school are orange and blue.

University of Florida’s online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree program emphasizes Educational Technology. The doctorate program is offered in a fully distance format, with two years of online coursework, followed by qualifying exams. Learners then work under the guidance of faculty to write their dissertations. Students who graduate with the Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction will not only conduct research and synthesize theory but also develop their ability to translate such knowledge into professional practice. The doctoral course can be of great value to teachers seeking advancement by enhancing their effectiveness and attracting higher salaries.

Format: Online Cost: $$ $$$

6. University of Illinois Online

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is colloquially known as University of Illinois. The premier teaching institution was founded in 1867, with its campus located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign. The university has one of the largest university libraries in the country and is home to an innovation center for several companies and corporations. As a university that offers academic programs that are relevant to the modern job market, the institution not only ranks highly in different areas but also has over 30 Nobel laureates affiliated. Going by its motto “Learning and Labor,” it is no wonder the institution has recorded remarkable success.

University of Illinois’ online New Learning EdD degree program is designed to help both prospective graduate students and teachers who are keen on taking their careers to the next level. Some of the skills that learners acquire while pursuing the degree will allow them to integrate new media technologies, create a more engaging learning environment and disseminate knowledge more effectively. Graduates will also be able to interact with their peers in a manner that appreciates collective intelligence as well as address learner diversity by differentiating learning.

7. Indiana University Online

Taking Indiana University’s PhD in Instructional Technology online will see students graduating with a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Systems Technology, EdD. The academic program seeks to teach learners ways of creating effective instructional tools and learning environments. This is achieved by helping learners to understand how people acquire, process and share the information available to them. Graduates will have research and analysis skills that allow them to measure how effective the instructional solutions they create are. Students can also take up management and leadership roles upon graduating, a factor that ensures high ROI.

8. Sam Houston State University

Located in Huntsville, Sam Houston State University is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas, having been founded in 1879. As a university that seeks to achieve excellence in education and research, SHSU is a leading institution that offers nationally recognized programs. Apart from that, the university continues to enjoy academic success due to the talented and accredited professors that make up its faculty, round the clock support and small class sizes. With over 135 years of operation, Sam Houston State is a key regional educator.

SHSU’s online PhD in Instructional Systems Design and Technology is offered online to give students with busy schedules the flexibility they require to pursue their studies as they work. However, the program equips learners with the same skills they would acquire if they attended face to face sessions. Once a student acquires their degree and graduates, their certificate will signify their accomplishment expertise in their field of study. The Doctorate of Education course combines both technical application and instructional theory to prepare learners for leadership roles in integrating technology into the curriculum.

9. Michigan State University

Michigan State University’s Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology is a hybrid program that adequately prepares learners for the job market. The course allows students to take advantage of the opportunities associated with being a student as well as those they come across in their current work environments. Students who qualify are able to create, innovate, research and become leaders who are keen on coming up with new technology for learning. Such students are also in a position to use their knowledge and skills to create policies that influence the design of future learning environments. This Ph.D. in instructional technology is of great value to education as well as society.

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10. Kennesaw State University

Part of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University has two campuses situated in Kennesaw and Marietta. The research-oriented institution was established in 1963 and now offers a wide range of academic programs. The university has consistently sought to position itself as a leader in innovative teaching and learning by providing a diverse population and vibrant campus life. With quality faculty in different fields, strong administrative staff, extensive course experience, and course certification, KSU Online prepare students for the roles and challenges of the future.

KSU’s online EdD in Instructional Technology degree is an academic program that seeks to produce the educational technology leaders of today and tomorrow. Students who pursue the doctorate in instructional technology online will understand the role of technology, develop and implement policies in line with this understanding, manage technology effectively as well as possess the interpersonal skills needed to work alongside other stakeholders. Taking into account that the different roles in this field require a broad range of skills, KSU’s online doctorate program is not only affordable but is also very valuable in today’s job market.

11. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The UT Rio Grande Valley’s EdD in Curriculum and Instruction is for those who want to occupy leadership positions in independent school districts and institutions of higher education. By the time they graduate, successful students will be competent to teach in colleges and universities as well as formulate and lead relevant educational programs. Some of the areas learners can choose to focus on include early childhood specialization, bilingual studies specialization, educational technology specialization, higher education teaching specialization and literacy specialization. In the end, this is a program that will set graduates on the path to advancement and promise high return on investment.

12. University of South Carolina

Situated in Columbia, University of South Carolina was started in 1801 as South Carolina College, making it one of the nation’s oldest institutions. Over the years, this university has overcome numerous challenges to establish itself as a national institution in the modern world. The school has seven satellite campuses and continues to rank highly in terms of research, quality of graduate schools and relevance of academic programs offered. In fact, the International Business Programs at USC have been ranked among the best three in the country for over ten years.

At the doctorate level, University of South Carolina’s EdD in Curriculum & Instruction program features online courses, as well as dissertation preparation, and exposes learners to the challenges of technology-based learning, training and instruction. Through the coursework and practical work, students are also taught how to handle and deal with these challenges. Faculty with extensive experience and rich history of teaching offer the necessary support and guide students through their journey. With affordable tuition fees and coursework that is to be completed in 36 months, this is the ideal course for any teacher who wants to improve themselves and advance.

13. University of West Georgia

A comprehensive doctoral-granting university, University of West Georgia is located in Carrollton and traces its origins to 1906. The institution offers numerous academic programs, with dedicated staff who supervise students and help them to better their profession.. The institution has also been named as one of the best regional colleges in the South several times, and has advanced to research university status in the Carnegie Classification. This is a clear indication that the programs offered at the university are well-respected and of high quality. The school identifies itself in various activities using blue and red as its official school colors.

The University of West Georgia’s online Ed.D in School Improvement is a unique program that uses different instructional technologies to deliver coursework in an online environment. With committed and nationally-recognized faculty, students benefit from mentoring courses to help them through the dissertation process and allow them to complete the program in three years. The doctorate program produces a graduate who can innovate and create knowledge as well as communicate their vision clearly with the aim of creating better learning environments and improving education. The fact that Ed.D in School Improvement is offered online means low tuition and high ROI upon successful completion of the program.

14. Andrews University

Andrews University was founded in 1874 by Seventh-day Adventists. It’s the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventists school system, which is the world’s second largest Christian school system. The university aims to educate students to change the world through knowledge and faith, including an emphasis on wellness for physical, mental, and spiritual development. Students will find a wealth of campus-wide wellness resources and support at Andrews, including the new Andreasen Center for Wellness opening fall 2019. Andrews University’s Curriculum and Instruction PhD is perfect for graduate students seeking balance and faith-based learning.

Andrews University’s Curriculum and Instruction PhD degree program includes background, core, research, and dissertation coursework. Specializations including higher education, leadership, teacher education, and educational psychology prepare graduate students for work in higher level education roles such as district-level superintendent, curriculum director, principal, and teacher leader. For those with careers in education, a PhD curriculum and instruction online from Andrews University is the path to higher levels in the education field with foundations in wellness and faith.

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15. University of West Florida

Established in 1963 and opened in 1967, University of West Florida is the sixth of the State University System of Florida’s twelve institutions of higher learning. UWF’s College of Education and Professional Studies has an impressive reputation, receiving multiple rankings for its online doctoral programs, And the UWF Doctoral Program was welcomed to the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate (CPED) Consortium in 2018. It’s no wonder – part of UWF’s strategic plan is to build programs of distinction. For PhD instructional technology doctoral studies students, UWF’s programs push students in the direction of innovation and emerging technologies and practices.

UWF’s EdD in Instructional Design and Technology degree program has a professional core and specialization core with two exciting options: performance technology and distance learning. The Performance Technology option prepares students for careers improving performance through innovative instructional technologies and systems, with a foundation in instructional systems design and a look at emerging productivity and performance technologies. The Instructional Design and Technology, Ed. D. is for those interested in working in education and training learning organizations as educational specialists or consultants, instructional systems designers, and researchers.

16. Boise State University

Boise State University is Idaho’s largest graduate school, with a culture of innovation recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the most innovative national universities in the country. This puts Boise State in the same league as other schools on the list, including Stanford, Cal Tech, University of Washington and UCLA. BSU is designated as a doctoral research institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. BSU was recognized in 2017 by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities as one of five universities nationwide for innovative efforts helping students stay in college to complete their education.

BSU’s EdTech Mission is “Empower learners to be evolving digital citizens who advocate cultural understanding and global responsibility.” Students in BSU’s EdD in Educational Technology program focus on areas including online teaching and learning, educational technology integration, academic technology leadership and more. Faculty projects include a lab for designing prototypes, techniques, and learning games, a 3D game lab, and EdTech Island for virtual training of teachers. The entire PhD in instructional technology online program can be completed online with no on-campus requirements.

17. University of Memphis

The University of Memphis was founded in 1912, originally called West Tennessee State Normal School. It’s been West Tennessee State Teachers College, Memphis State College, and finally, in 1994, the University of Memphis. Today, the school’s priorities in its mission plan include continued innovation and technology in instruction and the pursuit of excellence. It’s one of Tennessee’s three comprehensive doctoral institutions, according to the Carnegie Classification.

UOM’s EdD in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership-Instructional Design and Technology is designed to complete in three years, with all 54 credits offered online in a cohort format. Students will study instructional design process, theories and models of instructional design, research in education and instructional design, and developing interactive learning environments. Graduates with this advanced degree are prepared to work in both corporate and academic roles, including corporate training, professor of higher education, researcher, and director roles for training, curriculum, and educational technology.

18. Duquesne University

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, in Pittsburgh, PA was founded in 1878 and is frequently ranked as a top Catholic university; it is also the only university in the world operated by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Originally founded by refugee priests escaping persecution in Germany, Duquesne has grown into a respected private research university. Students looking for excellence in academics immersed in Catholic moral, spiritual, and service values will appreciate doctoral studies at Duquesne. A private campus close to downtown Pittsburgh offers the best of both private education and big city amenities.

The Duquesne online EdD Instructional Technology & Leadership 57-credit program provides graduate students to develop educational leadership through projects building a leadership perspective for academic and corporate roles. With a one-week initial campus residency requirement and a summer two-week residency component, then online evening class format, this program is designed to fully support working students with both convenience, efficiency, and cost.

19. Southern Wesleyan University

SWU’s online EdD in Curriculum and Assessment program is designed for professionals working toward higher-level career positions in colleges, universities, nonprofits, K-12 institutions, and institutional accountability. Instructional design, learner-centered curriculum, instructional strategies, program evaluation, and student assessment are the focus of studies for this doctorate.. Unlike other EdD degrees at the doctoral level across the country in curriculum and instruction, SWU’s program has assessment as the main theme, as assessment training is an in-demand skillset in today’s job market.

20. Evangel University

Evangel University is a a Christian university with a focus on excellence in education and spiritual empowerment to make a difference in both Church and society. It was founded in 1955 as a place to study in a Pentecostal environment. Evangel is committed to integrating faith, learning and life and providing a combination of Christian faith and life experience for students. With weekly chapel services, missions week, and spiritual emphasis week, studying PhD curriculum and instruction online at Evangel University provides a community of believers to live and worship with while working toward degree goals.

The Evangel University Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction EdD is a 50 credit program organized into cohorts, with both online and seated courses each semester. This advanced degree prepares students to be a lead K-12 educator in such roles as curriculum specialist, assessment officer, secondary level department chair, or professor in an educator preparation program. Coursework in areas such as data analysis for school improvement, ethics and decisions of school leaders, advanced curriculum and design, and contemporary issues in curriculum and instruction prepare school leaders to lead school assessments and improvements.

21. Columbus State University

Columbus State University was founded in 1958 as a junior college in Columbus, GA, housed in a former hosiery mill, with a mission to provide educational opportunity to the region. With demand from the people of the area, CSU grew to a full 4-year college in less than a decade, and stands today as a comprehensive doctoral institution crucial to regional education. CSU has garnered U.S. News Best Online Programs in grad education and grad business, and is further ranked in the top 20 Most Innovative Schools and top 50 Public Schools.

CSU’s online EdD in Curriculum and Leadership prepares students for roles with expertise in school improvement, research and professional learning to meet demands to improve school achievement. The 63-credit hour program is a cohort model with face-to-face or hybrid classes and some online delivery. A requirement of the program is four years of experience in a school setting or private sector leadership role. Study areas include research, curriculum, educational leadership, and higher education.

22. Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a small Christian liberal arts university founded in 1851, located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Carson-Newman has roots as a Baptist Seminary, as well as evolving from combining Carson College and Newman College in 1889. CNU ranks as one of the best regional universities in the South according to U.S. News & World Report. The school’s Christian world view and mission to help students become educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders will appeal to those seeking leadership roles in education.

Carson-Newman’s online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program is meant for teachers, instructional coaches, and other professionals who want to work in leadership roles in education. Applicants should have master’s and/or EdS degrees and be interested in research and advanced skills analyzing theory and research findings in educational settings, as well as leadership skills to implement research-based changes. The program is an online format, with online discussions and group activities, with an approximate three year completion, but within seven years of full admission. Graduates will complete 57 credit hours of coursework including quantitative and qualitative research design, curriculum and instruction strategies, educational leadership theory and policy analysis, and ethical, social, and spiritual leadership principles.

23. Idaho State University

Idaho State University is a public research university founded in 1901, becoming a full four-year public university in 1963. While Idaho State has its start in an academy and two-year junior college, today ISU has developed into one of the region’s top public research universities, particularly in health sciences. A Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution, Idaho State takes pride in leading with the latest research and innovative solutions in many areas, including teaching.

The Idaho State online Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology is a 64-credit hour degree for education professionals who want to be involved with creating learning and e-learning systems, build educational systems that support student achievement, and be involved with organizational improvement and leadership. The program includes combining the latest technologies with learning theories for performance improvement. Coursework includes real-world instructional projects, and customizable products for student preference to transfer well to student work settings. This degree prepares graduates for roles in K-12 and higher education instructional design and technology, private school principal roles, higher education research roles, and schools and educational systems consulting.

24. Concordia University-Chicago

Concordia University Chicago is a private liberal arts university 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Concordia Chicago was founded in 1864 by Saxon German immigrants and originally named Addison Teachers Seminary in Addison, Illinois. In 1913, the school moved to the River Forest campus. Today Concordia Chicago ranks among the top Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. As part of the Concordia system – the Lutheran college consortium recognized as one of the best religious education networks in the nation – Concordia Chicago has also become a leader in online education.

Concordia’s online EdD/PhD Leadership: Education Technology Specialization is a doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in education technology, designed to develop technology professionals into roles in instructional design, professional development, and continuing employee education. Educational technology for K-12 and higher education, corporate training, and continuing education in professional setting are some of the areas graduates can pursue. The program is online or on-campus, 61-67 credit hours, and includes study of technology leadership in organizations, data management, design of learning environments, and contemporary issues in technology and instructional design.

25. Morehead State University

Morehead State University is a public university founded in 1887 as a private, church-supported school called Morehead Normal School. The school developed into a state-supported Morehead State Normal School and Teacher’s College in 1926, to Morehead State College in 1948, to the current name taken in 1966. Its mission today includes educating students for a global environment and fostering innovation. Morehead State has been recognized 15 years running as one of the top public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.

Morehead State’s EdD in Educational Technology Leadership is a practitioner-based doctorate built around on-the-job training for education professionals. The options vary from 48 to 60 credit hours. The curriculum for Morehead State’s EdD is designed around the recommendations of the Southern Regional Education Board, ensuring that students are prepared for the needs of Kentucky’s children and adolescents.

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The PhD in Education is a research-oriented degree appropriate for those who seek positions in the professoriate or in school districts, businesses, industry, educational agencies and other educational settings that require a strong research base. It is the intent of this program to be interdisciplinary, allowing flexibility for students who will work in research clusters and learning communities with faculty on education-related research.

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  • IDS 7501 - Issues and Research in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • IDS 7500 - Seminar in Educational Research 1-3 Credit Hours
  • (variable credit, repeated for a total of 6 credit hours)
  • EDF 7475 - Qualitative Research in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7403 - Quantitative Foundations of Educational Research 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7463 - Analysis of Survey, Record, and Other Qualitative Data 3 Credit Hours
  • IDS 7502 - Case Studies in Research Design 3 Credit Hours or one of the approved research electives from group A:
  • EDF 7406 - Multivariate Statistics in Education 3 Credit Hours or one of the approved research electives from group B:
  • EDF 7406 - Multivariate Statistics in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7405 - Quantitative Methods II 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7410 - Application of Nonparametric and Categorical Data Analysis in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7415 - Latent Variable Modeling In Education 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7473 - Ethnography in Educational Settings 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7474 - Multilevel Data Analysis In Education 3 Credit Hours
  • EDF 7488 - Monte Carlo Simulation Research in Education 3 Credit Hours
  • IDS 7938 - Research Cluster Seminar 3 Credit Hours

Specialization in all tracks may include a professional internship.

Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.

The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

  • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
  • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
  • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
  • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
  • Submission of an approved program of study.

All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.

  • Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
  • Specialization—3-hour oral examination.

The dissertation fulfills the independent learning requirement.

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The learning design and technology program prepares you to master current, proven learning methods and educational technologies through a rigorous curriculum taught by internationally recognized faculty members. Our program accepts students from all different educational and professional backgrounds who have an interest in the field of educational technology and learning design.

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  • Prepare individuals at the master’s and doctoral levels to serve as outstanding educators and leaders in the field who have expertise in the design and evaluation of learning experiences that effectively integrate pedagogy and technology.
  • Conduct programs of cutting-edge research and scholarship related to learning technologies and design both within our program and through collaborations with colleagues within the College of Education, across the university, and with entities outside the university
  • Engage with schools, business-industry, and non-profit organizations to broaden our impact and understanding of learning, technology, and design issues.

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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) applies what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. IDT professionals understand and leverage technologies as both product (such as a Web-based course for distant learners or print-based job-aids for the workplace) and process (such as an iterative and formative approach to learner assessment). Instructional technologists practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government.

The doctoral degree programs are offered at the Blacksburg campus . The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center.


Our faculty and staff in the Instructional Design and Technology Program have very diverse interests that encompass all aspects of instructional technology and committed to support students as they develop the professional, academic, research, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career of their choice.

Our coursework is designed to help students advance their understanding of educational issues, theories, and practice related to Instructional Design and Technology. Our IDT program is affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education (CITSIE) that offers excellent research opportunities with a focus on design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, distance learning, health promotion, preparation of instructional technology professionals, and innovations in technology.


The Ph.D. is considered a research-focused degree, for those who are interested in pursuing a career in academia where the conduct of research would be an integral part of one's position.

The Ed.D. is an applied degree, for those interested in leadership roles outside of academia. In this case, learning about the application of research to generate evidence-based practices is the focus of this curriculum.

In terms of the individual Plans of Study, the primary difference in terms of the doctoral programs of study is related to the research requirements: the Ed.D. requires 12 credit hours and the Ph.D. requires 15 credit hours. Both degrees involve theoretical and practical learning outcomes and both are 90 credit hours total. 


Graduates of our  Instructional Design and Technology Doctoral programs  typically assume dynamic roles as faculty in higher education, advancing research in the field and preparing the next generation of instructional technologists for the profession.

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The Ed.D. requires a minimum of 90 credit hours including 12 hours of research coursework and 30 credit hours of dissertation. No more than 6 hours of Post Masters courses may be taken online. Resident full-time study for Ed.D. students must be satisfied in two consecutive academic years (excluding summers).

The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 credit hours , including 15 hours of research coursework and 30 credit hours of dissertation. No more than 6 hours of Post Masters courses may be taken online. The Ph.D. requires two years of residency. Resident full-time study for Ph.D. students must be satisfied in two consecutive academic years (excluding summers).

Students successfully completing this program will earn an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Design & Technology.

Since doctoral students matriculate with varying degrees of professional experience and master’s degrees from different institutions, each student’s program of doctoral study is individually designed and may include courses that are transferred in from the student’s master’s degree program . Your advisor will help you develop your Plan of Study that includes all of the courses that you intend to take as part of your doctoral work.

Doctoral students will complete a minimum of 60 hours of coursework (inclusive of courses accepted for transfer from other institutions); these courses are organized as follows:

Mandatory Courses

Doctoral students will study mandatory courses such as 

  • Principles of Instructional Design   OR  Design for Learning
  • Foundations of IDT
  • Learning Theories for Instructional Design  OR Theoretical Foundations of Technology Enhanced Learning 
  • Trends in IDT
  • Applied Theories of Learning
  • Research in IDT
  • Professional Seminar

Foundations Courses

Students are encouraged to enroll in one course that address the history, sociology and philosophy of educational institutions or enterprises with which the student's career goals indicate she/he will be associated. This area of the program is intended to ensure that each student has studied the general context of education into which the specialized area fits.

Research Courses

Fifteen graduate semester hours in advanced research-related courses by enrolling in the Quantitative Sequence or the Qualitative Sequence. 

Quantitative Sequence

  • 6 hours of quantitative research courses
  • 3 hours of a qualitative research course
  • EDIT 6664: Trends in IDT
  • EDIT 6654: Research in IDT

Qualitative Sequence

  • 6 hours of qualitative research courses
  • 3 hours of a quantitative research course

Concentration Courses

  • Advanced graduate work in the Concentration Area may include the following EDIT courses: formal coursework, graduate seminars, independent studies, clinical studies, internships, externships and/or field studies.

Cognate Courses

  • Each doctoral student is expected to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework in a cognate outside of the Instructional Design and Technology program area. Cognate courses should be related to and supportive of the student's area of studies.

Dissertation Course Hours

Ph.D. students enroll in a minimum of 30 credit hours of Research and Dissertation. For students who plan to graduate in three years, possible activities for their dissertation hours each semester could include:

  • 1st semester, 2 credit hours, directed readings (see reading list)
  • 2nd semester, 3 credit hours, prepare for preliminary examination
  • 3rd semester, 3 credit hours, prepare for pre-prospectus planning meeting
  • 4th semester, 3 credit hours, prospectus
  • 5th semester, 9 credit hours, conduct research
  • 6th semester and beyond, dissertation research and writing


The doctorate in Instructional Design & Technology is not awarded solely on the basis of coursework completion. To graduate, each student must also conduct an original research study culminating in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. Many students write their dissertations in the traditional five-chapter format (i.e., as a research paper with an introduction, literature review, methodology section, results, and conclusion).  

Other options such as a journal article, creative, or arts-based dissertation are available.  Students work with the dissertation chairs and committees to determine the best format for their dissertation.

Course Descriptions

Edit 5154: theoretical foundations of technology-enhanced learning.

Theoretical perspectives on learning, cognition, and instruction as related to technology-enhanced learning (TEL) from Pre K to college. Concepts and principles for formal and informal learning and design instruction in a variety of settings using technology. Pre: Graduate standing.

Credit Hour(s): 3

Lecture Hour(s): 3

Level: Graduate

Instruction Type(s): Lecture, Online Lecture



EDIT 5164: Design for Learning

Course addresses the systematic design of learning experiences and environments. Emphasizes the use of instructional design (ID) models and predominant learning theories (behaviorist, cognitive, and constructivist) to create effective learning experiences. Explores models, principles, and processes used to support learning in both formal (e.g., education, industry) and informal learning environments. Students will design learning experiences employing the models, principles, and processes.

Prerequisite(s): EDEP 5114 OR EDIT 5154

EDIT 5224: Principles of Learning Message Design

A problem-based course applying the principles of message design in the development and production of learning materials. Involves the manipulation of appropriate design elements to influence understanding and behavior. Principles applied primarily through the use of the computer, but applicable to all media. Pre: Graduate standing.

EDIT 5274: Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology

Philosophical, theoretical, technological, and ethical underpinnings of the Instructional Design and Technology field. Development of the field, tenets, and opportunities for professionals in the area. Pre: Graduate standing.

EDIT 5534: Applied Theories of Instructional Design

Emphasis is on translating theory to the practice of instructional systems development. Examines the application of foundational theories of instructional design (systems theory, communication theory, learning theories, and instructional theories) to the development of technology- based learning materials.

EDIT 5564: Topics in Instructional Technology Tools & Methods

Introductory or advanced, project-oriented course which examines software tools used to create and organize data for a variety of media elements such as text, graphics, images, animation, audio and video. Topics also include principles, techniques, and modern practices used to produce and/or deliver interactive, multimedia applications for education, professional training, public information, and retail marketing. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours.

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 19

EDIT 5584: Program and Product Evaluation

Applied evaluation concepts and issues based on effective instructional design principles and message presentation guidelines derived from the behavioral and cognitive sciences. Students participate in the summative evaluation of a commercially-produced and implemented instructional program as well as conduct the formative evaluation and review of selected media-supported instructional products.

EDIT 5604: Distance Education

This course will provide an overview of the current trends and relevant issues in the field of distance and distributed learning systems. The planning, development, and implementation of distance learning programs will be examined from student, faculty, and administrative perspectives. A variety of distance teaching technologies will be utilized to demonstrate the possibilities and implications of their use for distance instruction.

EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning

Critical examination of the design, adoption, and use of a digital media (digital games, simulations, social networking technologies) for primarily P-20 education. Applications to formal and informal learning environments.

Prerequisite(s): EDIT 5234, EDEP 5114

EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design

Design processes is for developing interactive learning media incorporating arts, sciences, and education. Design phases including ideation, storyboarding, public presentation and critique. Design principles and output scenarios for prototyping interactive media to support teaching and learning. Pre: Graduate standing.

EDIT 5634: Interactive Learning Media Development

Methods of developing and evaluating interactive media (hypermedia, multimedia, and serious games) for formal and informal learning contexts. Writing, editing, graphic design, interface design, storyboarding, prototyping, formative evaluation, quality assurance, documentation, and teamwork. Pre: Graduate standing.

EDIT 5654: Instructional Design and Technology Portfolio

Reflection on the role of instructional design and technology (IDT) skills and solutions in ones own professional practice. Preparation and evaluation of electronic portfolio documenting achievement of learning outcomes and adherence to professional standards in IDT.

Prerequisite(s): EDIT 5164, EDIT 5274

EDIT 5774: Problems in Education

Study of problems of professional educators in such areas as supervision, instruction, and curriculum development.

Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 6

Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 6

EDIT 5784: Graduate Seminar in Education

Selected topics in curriculum and instruction, supervision, educational foundations, special education, research, and evaluation.

EDIT 5904: Project and Report

Lecture Hour(s):

Instruction Type(s): Research, Online Research

EDIT 5974: Independent Study

Instruction Type(s): Independent Study, VI

EDIT 6134: Topics in Instructional Design

Examination of theory and empirical research applied in modern approaches to instructional design.

EDIT 6334: Applied Theories of Learning

Application of learning and instructional theories to the practice of designing learning environments and particularly the development of technology-based learning materials.

Prerequisite(s): EDIT 5164, EDEP 5114

EDIT 6654: Research in Instructional Technology

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students of instructional technology to the development and history of research in the field, to generate research principles, to the types of research in the field, and to the current trends in research in the field. Students will be given an opportunity to review and critique a wide range of research and be required to formulate a conceptual idea and complete a literature review of a potential research topic. Post-masters standing required.

EDIT 6655: Research Learning Sciences

History and development of research in Learning Sciences. Research principles, types of research, review, and current trends. Criteria for assessing research quality.

Prerequisite(s): EDIT 5164, EDIT 5234, EDEP 5114

EDIT 6656: Research Learning Sciences

Research design integrating theoretical framework in Learning Sciences. Quality of questions, design, and analysis and presentation.

Prerequisite(s): EDIT 6655

EDIT 6664: Trends and Practices in Instructional Technology

The utilization of modern instructional media and technologies and their integration with other components of a learning system. The various electronic and computer-assisted technologies will be stressed as will the software support for classroom and individualized instructional modes.

EDIT 6944: Professional Seminar

Presentation and critical discussion of current literature and major topics in curriculum and instruction. Provides students an opportunity to synthesize prior course experiences and to prepare and present a draft dissertation prospectus.

EDIT 7994: Research and Dissertation

The cohort model.

The doctoral programs operate on a modified cohort model. Full-time students who begin the program at the same time attend many of the same classes in the same sequence and pursue common plans of study. Part-time students enroll in courses at a pace and in a sequence determined by their enrollment status and in consultation with their advisor.

The benefits of a cohort model are many.  It is designed to facilitate social interaction, collaboration, and the formation of a supportive learning community.

Students in cohorts learn from and help each other with the successful completion of coursework and professional networking. They report a strong sense of community and are more likely to complete their programs of study in a timely manner.


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Online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning

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Because it is offered, and uniquely so, by an  intergovernmental organization with 10 years of proven expertise in online learning, the EUCLID online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning takes up the challenge of offering a comprehensive doctoral program at the junction of three specialized fields of knowledge and application: (1) open learning in all organizations (2) online education in a university context, and (3) cross-disciplinary challenges of pedagogy, andragogy and information technologies.

The EUCLID DIDOL (internal code for our online PhD in Instructional Design and Open Learning) is a distance-delivered, non-resident degree program offered by EUCLID (Euclid University), an intergovernmental treaty-based organization with a global university mandate.

Its goal is to prepare both our government-sponsored officials and general-public graduate-level professionals for high-level positions in the vast realm of international technology-enhanced education. Positions are typically obtained with higher education institutions, relevant government bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as multinational corporations and global legal educational organizations.

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The DIDOL offers an in-depth examination of the vast fields of Instructional Design and Online Learning, including instructional design, Learning Management System (LMS), eLearning, technology-enhanced learning, Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) quality, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses, ODeL learner support, and publication of a doctoral dissertation which will establish the candidate as a subject-matter expert in a specialized topic of relevance.

This program focuses on the mastery of relevant areas of ODeL, with an initial focus on instructional design and a systematic study of concrete applications of ODeL. Rather than focusing on one area in particular, the EUCLID MDOL provides a broad and deep overview of the most indispensable ODeL elements.

The degree was primarily designed to train higher education institutions and government staff already working in the field of technology-enhanced learning as well as other educators and professionals seeking to expand their expertise to ODeL. It is also suitable to prepare other professionals and outstanding students for careers with governmental bodies, NGOs, multinational corporations and international organizations such as the European Union, the Commonwealth of Learning, UNESCO, etc…

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PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology

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The Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Ph.D. program at UGA will prepare you to become a scholar and reflective practitioner who can advance learning theory and practice through research, design, and technology. Our research-focused doctoral program will prepare you for advanced scholarly inquiry related to the design, development, and evaluation of effective interactive learning environments in various contexts such as P-12, higher education, healthcare, and business.

We seek scholars who are committed to enhancing human experiences with respect to teaching, learning, and performance. In our program, you will create a research agenda that is designed to help solve real-world problems while also contributing to the theoretical foundations needed for future educational innovations.

  • On-campus program allows for extensive research opportunities in areas such as case-based learning, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, STEM education, and medical education.
  • Faculty members are nationally recognized for outstanding research and supportive graduate mentoring.
  • Faculty mentors work with you to tailor your experience to your career goals.
  • Coursework scaffolds the development of advanced instructional design and development skills while you also learn to conduct your own research studies.
  • Funding opportunities equip you with the teaching, research, and instructional design skills needed to succeed in higher education and beyond.

Current Projects

The LDT faculty regularly engage in both funded and unfunded projects in which emerging technologies are integrated into learning environments in new and unique ways. From embodied approaches to P-12 STEM learning to technologies that improve training and performance in the medical fields, our program faculty have received funding from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and a variety of other sources to study real-world applications of theory that have an impact both locally and abroad.

Meet the Faculty

Our Ph.D. program is carefully designed to provide supportive mentorship from the beginning of your Ph.D. journey, allowing you to interact with faculty members and peer doctoral students. While taking foundational courses together in their first 1-2 year(s), beginning students participate in the doctoral seminar to interact with senior students and faculty members as they develop, share, shape, and refine their research experiences, values, and perspectives.

Your coursework will immerse you in a rich environment that will lead you to become a scholar in learning, design, and technology. Your program of study includes:

  • A minimum of 67 hours beyond your bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of 27 hours (excluding dissertation) of major coursework (at least 15 hours in 8000- and 9000-level courses)

This degree will typically take four to five years to finish. Additional courses may be required if you do not enter the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree in educational media, educational technology, or a related field.

As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts
  • Writing sample (highly encouraged)

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .

New in Fall 2022: Part-time Option

We now offer a part-time track in our Ph.D. program. This track is meant for working professionals in Georgia to earn a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology. The program of study (see USEFUL LINKS, below) includes one face-to-face course (Athens campus) per semester for the first two years of study. Those classes are offered evenings to accommodate the scheduling needs of working professionals.

How to Apply

Part 1: apply to the university of georgia.

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology

While completing your Graduate School application, be sure to attach the following:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Current resume/CV
  • What are your current research interests?
  • Who do you think among our faculty would be your best advisor and why? (You can nominate 1-3 people as possible advisors with a rationale for each.)
  • How do the research interests of the selected advisors fit with your own interests?
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Deadline To Apply

Applicants are typically accepted for Fall semester admission. If applying for the Fall semester , the application deadlines are:

  • November 1 (for priority consideration)
  • February 1 (final deadline)

If applying for the Spring semester , please contact the program coordinator for more information.

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The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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We encourage our doctoral students to pursue research, study, and internship opportunities.

Faculty members strive to provide a graduate assistantship or fellowship for every doctoral student we accept, and we have been successful in this endeavor over the past 15 years. The commitment to providing support for our accepted students is one of the reasons why admission to our program is quite competitive.

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Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology

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If you have program-specific questions, please contact LDIT Assistant Director Rilda Kissel .

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Gain the expertise you need to flourish at the frontiers of education — by creating innovations in education technology, leveraging the science of learning, and developing powerful pedagogies.

In our Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology (LDIT) Program, you will tackle promising and challenging frontiers of education — leveraging the science of learning, applying innovations in education technology, and developing powerful pedagogies to improve learning outcomes. You will experience a diverse, inclusive, and high-energy environment, while learning from leading HGSE faculty and top industry practitioners, as well as your fellow cohort members. Our LDIT Program will equip you to work in educational media and technology, instructional design, and curriculum development, to create new learning materials and experiences for preK–12 schools, colleges and universities, 21 st century workplaces, and informal settings.

"So much of young people’s learning today takes place out of school, and it impacts how we need to design learning experiences. In this program we study the evolution and science of learning — exploring the impact of innovations in pedagogy and technology, identifying ways these insights and tools can help us improve learning designs, and making progress toward generating better student outcomes." Joe Blatt  Faculty Co-Chair

After completing the LDIT Program, you will have gained a deeper understanding of core competencies that explore how to: 

  • Determine learning needs and goals
  • Create learning materials and experiences
  • Assess impacts of a learning design
  • Manage design processes, collaboratively and reflectively
  • Foreground diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in design

Curriculum Information

The LDIT Program is designed to help you gain the knowledge and practice the skills essential to designing and implementing learning experiences. A minimum of 42 credits are required to graduate with an Ed.M. degree from HGSE.

The main elements of the 2022–23 academic year curriculum are:

  • This program commences with How People Learn, an immersive online course that runs June–July and requires a time commitment of 10-15 hours per week.
  • You will continue Foundations with Leading Change, Evidence, and Equity and Opportunity on campus in August. 
  • Your Equity and Opportunity Foundations experience culminates in an elected course, which will take place during terms when electives are available.

To fulfill the program requirement, you must take a minimum of 12 credits specific to LDIT, including the following:  

  • The LDIT Program Core Experience (4 credits in the fall semester), you will explore how to design learning across a wide variety of settings, from classrooms to conferences and online networks, in architecture, media, and emerging technologies. You will engage with outstanding design practitioners who are using design theory and strategies to make learning more appealing and more successful in a wide variety of settings. Across these different domains, faculty will highlight competencies that are critical tools for learning designers.
  • LDIT-related course work (8 credits), you may choose from more than 30 courses taught by LDIT faculty members. Topics include deeper learning, innovation by design, learning through arts, entrepreneurship in education, learning analytics, universal design, creativity and curiosity, and many more.
  • The remaining credits are taken via elective coursework , which includes the opportunity to specialize in a Concentration and to cross-register for complementary courses in other Harvard schools and at MIT.

Explore our  course catalog . Note, a ll information and courses are subject to change.

Program Faculty

Students will work closely with faculty associated with their area of study, but students can also work with and take courses with faculty throughout HGSE and Harvard.  View our faculty directory for a full list of HGSE faculty.

Faculty Co-Chairs

Joe Blatt

Joseph Blatt

Joe Blatt is an expert in children's media, interested in the effects of media content and technology on development, learning, and civic behavior.

Karen Brennan

Karen Brennan

Karen Brennan directs the Creative Computing Lab at HGSE and focuses on the design of learning experiences in K–12 computer science to cultivate agency.

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Career Pathways

The LDIT Program prepares you for a variety of career pathways, including: 

  • Instructional designer 
  • Learning technologist 
  • Learning media producer
  • Curriculum designer 
  • Product manager
  • Digital-learning designer 
  • User-experience designer 
  • Museum educator 
  • Project manager
  • Learning-assessment developer 
  • Professional and workplace learning manager 

Cohort & Community

Though LDIT, you will join a remarkable cohort of passionate educators and creative thinkers who represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience levels. Guest speakers, alumni networking, student-organized initiatives, and social events all contribute to the creation of a cohesive and supportive peer group. The LDIT community also is part of the larger HGSE family — preparing you and your cohort members for the opportunity to change the world through your impact on excellence and equity in education.

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Graduate Certificate of Education Instructional Design and Technology

Program at a glance.

This program is currently not approved for federal financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Why earn your Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from Strayer?

This certificate can help you gain expertise in instructional design and guide development of new education technologies. Learn about design models, learning theories and technology’s role in instructional design.

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What is a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology?

The program is designed to allow students to focus on the skills and abilities needed to design meaningful and aligned learning experiences that utilize appropriate technology.

What can you do with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology?

This certificate program can help you:

  • Examine the systematic processes of effective instructional design to create an instructional and training product. 
  • Learn how to design and evaluate new technologies for learning environments.
  • Learn how to assess and evaluate the process and effects of technological enhancements on learning.
  • Develop knowledge about how new technologies support alternative approaches to teaching and learning to meet the needs of diverse students and to change both the content and methods of education.
  • Gain knowledge about design process and models, ADDIE framework, connections between learning theories and instructional design, relationship of technology to instructional design, and applications of state and national content standards to the design and development of instructional and training products.

Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter. In general, Strayer University aims to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low.

How long does it take to earn a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology?

  • There are 3 11-week courses in this program. 
  • Overall program length depends on how many courses you take at a time. Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours. 
  • One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course. 
  • You’ll spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. Your actual time will depend on your learning traits and abilities. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.

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Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display.  View the ACBSP student achievement information .

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Strayer University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE),  http://www.msche.org . Strayer University’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. MSCHE most recently reaffirmed Strayer University’s accreditation status in June 2017, with the next self-study evaluation scheduled for the 2025–2026 academic year.

MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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The Strayer Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology consists of 3 courses, with the price of $1,680 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $25 degree conferral fee.

Transfer credits

Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to one (1) course toward your graduate certificate program (if approved). The Strayer transfer credit page has more information.

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  form.  Stafford loans  are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.

There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.

More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.

Private loans

Non-federal loans may pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs. The terms and conditions of federal loans are often more favorable than private loans and should be considered before exploring private loans.

Military tuition assistance

Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here .

Veteran benefits

In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.

What coursework do you need to specialize in instructional design and technology?

This three-course program is designed to allow students to focus on the skills and abilities needed to design meaningful and aligned learning experiences that utilize appropriate technology. View all courses .

Certificate courses

Examine the systematic processes of effective instructional design to create an instructional and training product. Content includes instructional design process and models, ADDIE framework, connections between learning theories and instructional design, relationship of technology to instructional design, and applications of state and national content standards to the design and development of instructional and training products.

Design and evaluate new technologies for learning environments, such as various media, software and applications for web-based and mobile devices. Learn how to assess and evaluate the process and effects of technological enhancements on learning.

Address how new technologies support alternative approaches to teaching and learning. Learn how instructional technology can help meet the needs of a diverse group of students and change both the content and methods of education. Explore the curriculum and the classroom as the primary vehicles for integrating instructional technology into education.

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Students from kindergarten to college engage in more digital learning experiences every year. While the adoption of education technology grows, instructional experts continue to assess, study, and rework learning approaches to help students use technology to grow and thrive. Liberty University’s 100% online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) degree is designed to expand your knowledge, skills, and training in instructional design so that you can be on the cutting edge of educational technology. Through advanced course content and in-depth research, you will dive into the design and implementation of distance learning programs that can help students have a brighter future.

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The discipline of instructional design and technology (IDT) merges traditional approaches to the learning process with state-of-the-art tools and aids. Instructional designers are at the forefront of development for new ways to make education engaging, effective, and fun. Instructional design branches out from academics into the world of corporate training, where safe, fast, and effective learning programs are essential to successful business. With specialized training in instructional design and technology, you will have many possible career paths to choose from.

With advanced insight into the ways students learn and develop, you will examine the design, development, and implementation of new learning processes and products designed for student success. Our doctorate in instructional design and technology will train you on how to effectively communicate with school administrators, teachers, and students through various mediums as you create effective and engaging learning programs. Through research and the innovative use of today’s educational technology, you can look forward to a rewarding career in instructional design.

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Liberty University’s IDT course builds on your program development skills so that you can design support products and processes needed to enhance student learning. From web-based courses for online learning to printed educational aids for use in both the classroom and the workplace, you will study the best methods to tackle education challenges through creative problem solving.

As you begin our doctorate in IDT online, you will study learning styles and how instructional design and technology play a part in reaching the unique needs of students and teachers. From there, you can learn advanced techniques using existing technologies for web-based learning as well as new developments in technology and their possible implications for the future.

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  • Transfer in up to 27 credits to our Ed.D. from an eligible Ed.S. degree to give you a jumpstart on your doctorate!

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What Is Instructional Design In Education And Business?

Whether you work in education or business, it’s important to know what instructional design means. Quality instructional design is essential to learning and company growth. 

With recent developments in educational technology and the growing popularity of distance education programs, it’s an exciting time for instructional design. This article explains instructional design in education and business and how instructional design is being updated to learning experience design. It also includes an exploration of these questions: What is learning design, and what is an instructional designer?

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Instructional design creates instructional materials to make learning more efficient, effective, and appealing. It is valuable in education as well as other industries. It can help companies effectively onboard new employees and teach current employees new systems and technology. The instructional design process will look slightly different depending on the content, audience, and goals, but there are common elements.

  • Learning objectives:  Objectives guide all instructional design and student learning. They are usually written as the skills and/or knowledge that students should gain from the instruction. For example, “Students will be able to identify the three pillars of sustainability and explain how they relate to their own lives.”
  • Interactive activities:  Engagement is key to effective learning. The more students can interact with learning materials and actively participate in the instruction, the better. Technology is often used to increase interactivity in instruction.
  • Evaluations:  Checks for understanding during and after instruction help ensure that the learning objectives are met. Good learning design incorporates the flexibility to shift instruction if needed based on elevations. For example, a section may need to be retaught with different modalities if the majority of students did not meet the learning objective.

Institutions like Unity Environmental University are improving the concept of instructional design by focusing more on  learning experience design .

Instructional design emphasizes design of the instructional materials and attendant assignments, and as such, it treats learning as something that happens along a fixed path.  Learning experience design  frames the process of learning more holistically, encouraging us to focus less on ‘a path’ and more on ‘an open world’ in which students may progress however works best for them. Chris Malmberg, Head of the Learning Experience Design Team for Unity’s Distance Education

An instructional designer’s job description will vary depending on their company, organization, or institution. In general, instructional designers create:

  • Training manuals
  • Presentation materials
  • Handouts and worksheets

Instructional designers must have a strong understanding of pedagogical best practices in their subject areas to create effective and engaging materials. They should also be able to integrate technology and gamification into learning experiences where appropriate. 

While some knowledge of the content is beneficial, an instructional designer usually works with subject matter experts, company executives, educators, and other stakeholders to create content. The  history of instructional design  is rooted in collaboration between education and psychology professionals. 

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Unity is an  accredited environmental university  dedicated to high-quality instructional design.

What is instructional design in education at the university level? The main goal of any instructional design process is to create effective and engaging learning materials for a specific audience. Universities cater to  diverse groups of students  from various cultural backgrounds and generations. Adult learners have different learning styles and educational needs that should be accommodated in a program’s design.

Unity Environmental University’s Learning Experience Design For Online Learning

Unity Environmental University uses a multi-step, collaborative process when creating classes . This ensures effective instructional design in both in-person and online learning courses. Unity’s Learning Experience Designers (LEDs) work with subject-matter experts and academic deans to create the best accessible courses and use technology in the most efficient ways for distance education programs. 

All courses are continually reviewed to see if any changes or a refresh is needed. Also,  our distance learning courses are project-based  so that all students can actively participate, demonstrate their comprehension of the content, and show that they met the learning objectives. 

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Unity offers several carefully designed  online degrees in sustainable business management .

Many of the instructional design processes and practices used in education can also be used in business environments. Here are some instructional design examples in business:

  • New employee training
  • Professional development for employees
  • Teaching a department how to use new software
  • Implementing a new system in the office

The first step of instructional design for businesses is aligning learning objectives with the company’s goals. This helps learning designers keep the big picture in mind with everything they do. Learning designers may work full-time for companies or as contractors or consultants.

Instructional design can help existing and new companies implement sustainable business practices, whether as simple as an office recycling system or switching to locally sourced materials. A company’s goals should clearly articulate how it will promote sustainability so that instructional designers can use that as a guide when creating training and educational materials. Learning designers can also play a role in measuring business sustainability outcomes by creating evaluation and feedback forms.

Unity Environmental University’s Instructional Design Prepares Grads To Make An Impact Faster In The Workforce

Instructional designers play an important role in promoting learning and sustainability across industries. Effective instructional design for universities is student-centered and focused on career outcomes. 

At Unity Environmental University, we  set students up for success  throughout their degree program with experiential learning opportunities and support in finding internships.  59% of our graduates  stated that their internship experiences helped secure their employment after graduation.  Give today  to support the future world leaders in sustainability, business, and education.

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