The Instructional Design & Technology area of emphasis in the Teaching & Learning Doctoral Program is designed to prepare students to be active researchers and scholars in the field of Instructional Design and Technology, as well as in their academic careers in higher education. The T&L doctoral program with an emphasis in IDT focuses on understanding of various areas in instructional design, human learning, and the integration of technology in facilitating learning. Graduates of this degree program will be qualified to work as tenured faculty in IDT at any institution of higher education.
IDT doctoral students can be admitted into the program with or without a master’s degree in Instructional Design & Technology or related fields. IDT doctoral students who come in with a master’s degree in IDT will have to complete 60 credits in their program of study, and the students who come in without a master’s degree in IDT are required to complete 90 credits in their program of study. The IDT doctoral area of emphasis is NOT available as an online option. However, students without a master's degree in instructional design MAY complete the first 30 credits of the Ph.D. at a distance, and then complete the final 60 credits on-campus. Detailed credit requirements can be found here (with an IDT master’s degree) or here (without an IDT master’s degree).
All application materials are due by March 31 for fall admission and by October 31 for spring admission. The application materials should include:
Essay on a current issue in education
discuss how your research areas and interests are related to the educational issue
relate your answer to the field of instructional design & technology
Statement of professional/educational goals
indicate area of emphasis to which you are applying (Instructional Design & Technology)