College of Education

Instructional Technology (Ed.D.)

Degree Requirements

The Doctoral program requires 63 graduate units beyond the Masterís degree. Course work in the program includes 15 units in the program core, 9 units in research methodology, 18 units of specialization elective course work, 9 units of Doctoral seminar and 12 units of dissertation research.

After completing all course work and prior to beginning the dissertation, students must pass a series of comprehensive written exams and/or submit a portfolio based upon the core courses and one specialization area. Upon passing/approval, students will be admitted to the dissertation sequence.

Required Courses (63 units)

Core Courses (15 units)

ISTC 700 Assessment in Instructional Technology (3)
ISTC 707 Learning Environments in a Digital Age (3)
ISTC 709 Legal and Ethical Issues (3)
ISTC 711 Innovation, Change and Organizational Structures (3)
ISTC 741 Foundations of Research in Instructional Technology (3)

Research Methodology Courses (9 units)
EDUC 715 Statistical Principles of Research Design and Analysis (3)
EDUC 765 Qualitative Methods (3)
EDUC 790 Advanced Measurements and Statistics in Education (3)
EDUC 791 Advanced Qualitative Methods (3)

Seminars, Internship, and Dissertation Research (9 units)
ISTC 780 Investigating and Evaluating Research in Instructional Technology (6)
ISTC 797 Instructional Technology Internship (3)
ISTC 998 Dissertation Research (12)
ISTC 999 Dissertation Continuum (1)


Specialization/Elective Courses (18 units)

Selection of elective courses must be made with the advice and approval of the studentís doctoral adviser. All elective units may be in instructional technology. With prior permission, 12 units may be taken outside the College of Education. All elective course work must be at the 600 level or higher.

With approval, courses completed as part of a Towson University C.A.S. program may be applied as part of the specialization. Examples of suitable electives include:


ISTC 705 Advanced Web Applications in Education (3)
ISTC 717 Distance Education in Theory and Practice (3)
ISTC 718 Critical Perspectives in Instructional Technology (3)
ISTC 731 Theory and Practice for Integrating Digital Resources into Learning and Teaching (3)
ISTC 767 Advanced Theory and Instructional Design (3)








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