Instructional Design and Technology, Ed.D.

Degree:Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Major:Instructional Design and Technology
Department:Instructional Design and Technology
Building 78, Room 117B
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:13.0501
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 66

Program Description

The Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology prepares students to fulfill leadership roles related to organizational development, performance improvement, technology integration, and workplace learning across multiple sectors.  Graduates will find career opportunities in K12, higher education, business and industry, military, healthcare, and other organizational settings.  The Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology is an applied doctoral degree, preparing students to serve as practitioner-scholars, providing leadership, conducting action research, and guiding change management efforts based on research and best practices related to instructional design, instructional technology, performance technology, and technology integration.  Students will learn to apply the principles of systems theories, learning theories, communication theories, instructional theories, and action research to solve organizational problems. 

Students will complete 48 credit hours of coursework, followed by 18 credit hours in the dissertation phase of the program, for a total of 66 credit hours.  This fully online program includes three residencies; one each during the first two years of coursework and one upon completion of all coursework.  Each residency is integrated with a Doctoral Seminar class, and will consist of online work before and after the residency, which will consist of a few days of intensive face to face work.  The first seminar will focus on scholarly writing and take place on the Pensacola main campus.  The second seminar will focus on designing, conducting, and disseminating scholarly research and will take place on location at a professional conference.  The final seminar will serve as the Coursework Capstone Experience.  It will take place on the Pensacola main campus and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the coursework prior to moving to candidacy.

The expected time to completion is 4-5 years, assuming enrollment in two courses (6-credit hours) per semester, year-round, during the coursework phase of the program, and steady progress towards completion of the dissertation-in-practice.  If students opt to take more or less credits in a given semester they should recognize that doing so may impact their time to completion and must work closely with their adviser to determine the impact on the overall degree plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students will be admitted to the program in Fall (August start).  Spring and Summer admission are not offered.

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

  • Graduate admissions test score(s) from one of the following*:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher on the most recent graduate degree
  • Submission of a professional resume
  • Submission of three professional references 
    • A minimum of two of the three references must be able to speak to the applicant's likelihood for academic success at the doctoral level (e.g. past professors)
  • Participation in a web-based interview

* The graduate admission test will be waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.75 or higher on the most recently completed graduate degree.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the department prior to applying.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology must meet all requirements listed below.

  • Complete 48 credit hours of coursework and a minimum of 18 credit hours of dissertation, for a total of 66 credit hours
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in all courses
  • Participate in three required residencies
  • Maintain continuous enrollment during the dissertation phase of the program
  • Complete and successfully defend the dissertation-in-practice
  • Meet all university requirements for final submission of the completed dissertation