Ph.D. Teaching, Learning, & Technology

Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning

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  • Application requirements: Online application, official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work and a GRE test score of a minimum in the 75thpercentile are required
  • Deadline(s): Dec. 1 for spring, summer or fall start or April 1 for a summer or fall start
  • Course Requirements: 48 credits
  • Typical Course Load: Fall (2 courses), Spring (2 courses), Summer (1-2 courses)
  • Time to Completion: Varies 
  • Culminating Experience: Doctoral candidates must pass a qualifying examination before conducting a doctoral research project and writing their dissertation, which is the culmination of the program
  • Alumni Current Positions: Graduates work as college and university administrators, website designers, faculty in higher education and educational researchers as well as those who work in professional development and education for the corporate sector and institutions, such as museums and hospitals

Overview

The digital revolution has changed the educational landscape profoundly, presenting opportunities and challenges for those who seek to create the best practices and tools for teaching all learners. 

For the post-master’s Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Technology, doctoral students work closely with faculty to develop innovative curricula and creative learning environments that integrate technology to reach people with a broad range of abilities and backgrounds. The program employs the scientist/practitioner model and is designed for those interested in conducting educational research and applying their findings to advance educational theories, methods and assessments. 

The program attracts people from a broad range of careers, including college and university administrators, website designers, faculty in higher education and educational researchers as well as those who work in professional development and education for the corporate sector and institutions, such as museums and hospitals.   

Doctoral candidates take a minimum of 48 credits, which includes such courses as Curriculum Theory and Design, Technology for Teaching and Learning, Advanced Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning and Analysis of Experimental Data.  

There are options for students to pursue the doctorate part-time or full-time. For the convenience of working professionals, the majority of the classes are held in the late afternoon or evening with some online classes available. 

Coursework is individualized in keeping with each student’s chosen concentration and many of the assignments are project-based, enabling students to apply concepts they are learning to their area of interest. 

In addition to about 42 credits of coursework, doctoral candidates must pass a qualifying examination before conducting a doctoral research project and writing their dissertation, which is the culmination of the program. 

Throughout, they work closely with their adviser and have opportunities to collaborate on articles for professional journals in the field. 

Accepted students can begin in any semester. Deadlines to apply are Dec. 1 for the following spring, summer or fall start or April 1 for a summer or fall start. All accepted students can apply for college scholarships. 

Those wishing to be considered for the program should complete the online application and provide official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate work and a GRE test score of a minimum in the 75thpercentile are required. 

Prospective doctoral candidates should supply three letters of recommendation, a personal statement related to their interest in Teaching, Learning and Technology, two writing samples, TOEFL score (if applicable) and an acknowledgement that they understand the College of Education’s policy on clearances. 

Curriculum

COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Foundations (4 courses/12 credits)      
Required:        
EDUC 471  Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives 3
TLT 401 Overview of Teaching and Learning  3
TLT 402 Critical Reading and Writing 3
TLT 403 Instructional Design 3
Research (4 courses/12 credits)   
Required:     
EDUC 403 Research  3
EDUC 408 Introduction to Statistics 3
EDUC 409 Analysis of Experimental Data 3
Electives (select at least one):  
EDUC 405  Qualitative Research Methods 3
EDUC 410 Univariate Statistical Models 3
EDUC 411 Multivariate Statistical Models 3
EDUC 412  Advanced Applications of Psychometric Principles 3
EDUC 461  Single-Subject Research Design 3
  Other statistical research course in TLT, COE, or A&S as approved by adviser  
  Additional courses as required by adviser  
Professional Cognate (12 credits)    
Required:     
TLT 480 Curriculum Theory and Design 3
Electives:     
EDUC 491  Advanced Seminars: (with subtitle) 1-6
EDUC 493 Internship in: (with subtitle)  1-6
EDUC 496 Doctoral Research Seminar  3
TLT 458 Introduction to Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning 3
TLT 460  Advanced Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning 3
TLT 462 Special Topics in Development of Instructional Resources and Technologies for Learning 1-3
TLT 470 Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
TLT 474 Large-scale Planning and Implementation of Educational Technology 3
  Other learning and instruction elective course in TLT, COE, or CAS as approved by adviser  
Supervised Research Projects (6 credits minimum)      
Required:        
TLT 486  Doctoral Research Project  3
TLT 499 Dissertation 1-5
Electives:      
EDUC 493 Internship in: (with subtitle) 1-6
EDUC 494 Field Work in: (with subtitle)  3
EDUC 495 Independent Study in: (with subtitle)   1-6
  Additional topic seminars, dissertation proposal or maintenance of candidacy, or elective with permission of adviser  
Professional Sub-Specialty (6 credits)      
  These credits are intended to advance the students' research agenda or career goals (such as a enhanced subject matter knowledge, mentored field/practical experiences with outreach programs, specialized coursework, college teaching, grant writing, and the like) with adviser approval.  

Descriptions of courses can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines