The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology began offering courses in the Fall 2001 semester. The Ed.D. is based upon the understanding of educational settings (schools and beyond) as learning communities immersed in a
digital world of technology within which:
Students and learners are nurtured and challenged to meet the high expectations established for them;
community leaders are engaged in instructional strategies and
activities these communities to support them; and
teachers, supervisors, and administrators must take the lead in integrating
digital learning technology into these communities through continuous professional development.
Thus, the program focuses on the development of pedagogical expertise
and understanding about how to integrate digital learning tools to
meet the present and future needs of instruction across the
The Instructional Technology Graduate Program is housed within the
NCATE/MSDE accredited College of Education. The program is intended
for current professionals in the fields of media, design, computing,
education, and libraries as well as those who seek advanced degrees in
order to further develop their skills and knowledge base in technology
and digital learning. The program is hands-on and practical with a
considerable focus on inventive and authentic learning projects. The
program’s strength is derived from the intimate student to faculty
ratio (5:1) and diversity of faculty research and experience; these
components combined help us to maintain a high graduation rate.
Students who have graduated from this program have been successful
acquiring jobs in higher education, business, public school systems
(K-12), online learning and professional training.
The Ed.D. Advantage
Improving technology access for students, teachers, and organizations and developing effective strategies for technology integration are both critical factors within educational reform in Maryland.
Effectively using technology to engage and foster higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills is a critical link to improving student learning. In schools, technology can help teachers deliver instruction and target student needs more efficiently. Technology serves to foster communication with outside experts, peers, students, community members, and parents. Yet, challenges remain, and use is limited.
Within the business community, incorporating technology into daily transactions has revolutionized business processes. Meetings have become more effective through the use of audiovisuals and multimedia presentations. Video conferencing allows executives to conduct business "face-to-face" with partners across the globe. Interactive and distance-based instructional training has provided innovative methods to enhance staff development. Technology use within corporate learning settings continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Extensive professional development is required to integrate technology into the curriculum and workplace in dynamic ways that increase learning and productivity. Reducing the cost of equipping schools and businesses requires a knowledge of technologies, software, and implementation strategies.
Successful Ed.D. students develop and refine the skills that schools and businesses need. Current Ed.D. students are leaders in their fields and continue to develop as technology integration experts.