Doctorate of Education in Instructional Systems Design and Technology

Program Overview

Steps to Apply

  • A Graduate Studies Application with the application fee.
  • Official transcript(s) showing receipt of a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree from an accredited institution Candidates for admission to the professional practice Doctoral Program in Instructional Systems Design and Technology must have a Masters Degree in Instructional Systems Design and Technology or a similar degree which includes the foundational knowledge required for this proposed program. Documentation of the candidate’s graduation from accredited institutions at the baccalaureate and masters levels will be required.
  • Applicants must submit an acceptable score on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the GRE.
  • A sample of the candidate’s professional work such as a published article and/or an example of experience in instructional technology design/multimedia design. This product should provide evidence of the candidate’s potential for doctoral level scholarship and should be accompanied by a statement of the candidate’s professional goals.
  • A minimum of three years of teaching, direct service, administrative experience with technology, instructional design either in school, administrative, or business/industry. The types of professional experiences in an applicant’s background will be viewed as evidence of both direct service roles, as well as commitment to the field of instructional technology.
  • A current resume or vita
  • Three letters of recommendation from educational or direct service settings, two of which should refer to direct experiences with instructional technology and/or multimedia design, and can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in a doctorate program.

Applicants should hold a master's degree in a related field, and the student's graduate GPA should be 3.5 or higher. In addition, three years of full-time professional experience in a credible school, agency, or organization is required.

Applicants meeting the above criteria may be invited for an interview with the doctoral admissions committee. This interview, conducted by graduate faculty of the University, provides the candidate an opportunity to demonstrate potential for leadership, commitment to service, and interest in applied research.  A candidate who fails to meet one of the criteria may receive probationary admission if he/she is sponsored by a doctoral faculty member.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: March 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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The Doctorate in Instructional Systems Design and Technology is a fully online professional practice doctoral program designed to prepare individuals to lead the integration of technology into curriculum. Primarily, this doctoral program prepares individuals as leaders of instructional technology who will guide their organizations toward achieving meaningful integration of technology.

In addition, the degree also produces instructional technology leaders who are working in school districts, community colleges, universities, or businesses in support and service role regarding instructional design, assessment of learning/management systems, networking, and assessment/implementation of instructional software.

A unique, fully-online program, the Doctorate of Instructional Systems Design and Technology consists of a collaborative curriculum between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Computer Science Department offering a meaningful blend of technical application and instructional theory. 

For more about the program please contact:

Bryanna Johnson