Doctorate Degree in Instructional Design and Technology, PhD (IDT)

Instructional Design and Technology, PhD (IDT)

Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Technology prepares reflective scholars and capable professionals who apply instructional systems design, theory, tools, and technologies to achieve desired educational and training outcomes in various settings. The program fosters lifelong learning and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and technology.

Program Objectives

PhD in Instructional Design and Technology program enables students to contribute to the education and training profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research.

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Evaluate and apply current practices in course, program, and training development using effective instructional design and models supporting technology-based learning in various instructional situations.
  • Continue to renew and develop expertise in the field of instructional design technologies demonstrated by effective written, spoken, and digital communication.
  • Evaluate and assess a range of technology-based learning models and integrate the use of effective technologies in supporting learner success.
  • Explore and extrapolate implications in the advancement of future technologies in education and training on a global basis.
  • Apply the skills and knowledge required in the use of multimedia applications in the development of training and learning activities.
  • Student demonstrates professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications.
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

Note: Courses in the PhD program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently.

Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology degree, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Fifty-four of the program hours must be completed through BSU.

Program requirements are as follows:

PhD in Instructional Design and Technology Major Core Courses ( 60.0 credit hours )
Foundation Courses ( 15.0 credit hours )
Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
Policy, Politics, and Community Relations 3.0 credit hours
Leading Technology Innovation 3.0 credit hours
Funding of Educational Institutions 3.0 credit hours
Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
Instructional Design Technology Core Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Instructional Design Theory 3.0 credit hours
Analysis and Design of Technology – Based Learning Models 3.0 credit hours
Instructional Multimedia 3.0 credit hours
Current Issues in Instructional Technology 3.0 credit hours
Elective Courses ( 6.0 credit hours )
Management of Distance Education 3.0 credit hours
Designing Training and Performance Solutions 3.0 credit hours
Research Courses ( 15.0 credit hours )
Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research II ( Prerequisite EDR700 ) 3.0 credit hours
Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
Mixed Methods ( Prerequisites: EDR700, EDR800, EDR810, and EDR811 ) 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review ( Prerequisite EDR700, EDR800, and EDR810 )
EDR820 is scheduled as the last course and is not scheduled with any other course.
3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses ( 12.0 credit hours ) *
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours
Dissertation 2.0 credit hours


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