Instructional Design and Technology, Ed.D.

The online Instructional Design and Technology Ed.D. offers two concentrations: Performance Technology and Instructional Technology. The Performance Technology option targets individuals who want to investigate how instructional technology and systems thinking can be used to improve performance and learning in various organizational settings. The Instructional Technology concentration targets individuals who want to develop expertise in instructional systems.

Program Description

The fully online Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology offers two concentrations: Performance Technology and Instructional Technology. All students complete a common core, providing them with foundational knowledge related to the theory and practice of instructional design and technology in addition to electives within the chosen concentration.

What is IDT

Instructional Design and Technology involves the effective application of technology to achieve educational goals and improve performance in a wide variety of settings:

  • K-12 and Higher Education
  • Healthcare
  • Government and Military
  • Corporate

The instructional technologist must be able to analyze the organizational learning system; determine the instructional goals; design, develop, and implement solutions for reaching those goals; and evaluate the effectiveness of those solutions.

IDT Coursework

The program consists of 48 credit hours of coursework: 18 credit hours of Instructional Design and Technology Core courses and 18 credit hours of Research Core courses. The common core provides students with foundational knowledge related to the theory and practice of instructional deisgn and technology.

The remaining 12 hours of coursework are chosen from one of two areas of emphasis: Performance Technology or Instructional Technology. In addition to the 48 credit hours of coursework, students will complete 18 credit hours of dissertation credits.

IDT Residencies

Three residences are embedded into the program. These residencies help build a professional learning community among students and faculty and allow students to interact with faculty and peers in a face-to-face environment.

The first residence occurs over a long weekend during the first year of coursework, on campus, and focuses on scholarly writing. The second residency occurs during the second year of coursework and is held on location, in conjunction with a professional conference. This residency gives students an opportunity to examine different strategies for designing, conducting, and disseminating research. The third and final residency takes place at the end of coursework, on campus over a long weekend, as part of the Coursework Capstone Experience.

Online degrees may not be available in all states. If you are an out-of-state student, please review our State Authorization Status to confirm that the program is available in your state.

Department Contact

Dr. Holly Ellis
Associate Professor
Department of Instructional Design and Technology

Career Opportunities in IDT

This program prepares graduates to fulfill leadership roles related to organizational development, performance improvement, technology integration, and workplace learning across sectors. Students may work in K-12, higher education, business and industry, military, healthcare, or any other setting where there is a need to improve organizational performance, integrate technology, and/or facilitate workplace learning.

Potential Job Titles Include:

  • Chief Learning Officer (CLO)
  • Performance Improvement Specialist
  • Lead Instructional Designer
  • Director of Distance Learning
  • Instructional Technology Coordinator
  • Senior Technical Trainer

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official test scores - GRE or MAT* 
• Master's GPA of 3.5 or higher on the most recent graduate degree from an accredited institution
• Submission of a professional resume 
• Submission of three professional references. A minimum of two must be able to speak to the applicant's likely success at the doctoral level (e.g., past professors).
• Participation in a web-based interview
• Submission of letter of intent addressing professional and academic background, experiences, and goals.

*The graduate admission test may be waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.75 or higher on the most recently completed graduate degree from an accredited institution.

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