PhD in Education: Information Technologies in Education | College of Education and Human Development


The doctorate includes a minimum of 72 semester credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. The President and Advisory Committee will work with students to formulate the curriculum that meets the following requirements:

Basic Research Course (24 credits)

As described in the Ph.D. Handbook, the core curriculum for research includes courses in quantitative design, advanced statistics, qualitative design, and mixed methods.

Area courses (24-36 credits; depending on the number of thesis credits carried)

Core courses in the area include instructional design theories and methods, skills in assessment and new technologies, design courses in online teaching and learning, digital visual application, web application for teaching, technology integration fieldwork and special topics such as gamification, robotics or any other new topics needed. Courses from other colleges on campus, approved by the advisory committee, may also be included and counted towards the degree.

Transfer of Master (24 credits maximum)

Approved by the President and the Advisory Committee

Thesis: (minimum of 12 credits credits)

The primary focus of the Doctor of Philosophy program is research skills. The thesis must represent an original and independent investigation that reflects a contribution to knowledge. The dissertation should also reflect mastery of research skills and the ability to select an important problem for study. To meet the degree requirements, students must pass:

  • Proposal defense
  • Thesis defense

Current activities/to-do list:

  • Mid-program exam (in the second year of your doctoral studies)
  • Comprehensive exam (at the end of course credits)
  • Lecture activities (start as early as possible, work with your teacher)
  • Research and journal publications (start as early as possible, work with your professor)
  • Field activities in instructional design


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