What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 60 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: January 15 

Instructional Technology, Ph.D.

The Instructional Technology Ph.D. program is designed for those working in the instructional technology field in a variety of educational, training and development areas, such as those found in schools, higher education, business, industry and government agencies. The Ph.D. prepares students to conduct research on technology-enhanced learning environments.

The Instructional Technology Ph.D. program provides specialization for individuals in the following areas:

  • instructional design
  • alternative instructional delivery systems
  • research
  • management and consulting

Instructional Technology, Ph.D.

The Instructional Technology Ph.D. program is designed for those working in the instructional technology field in a variety of educational, training and development areas, such as those found in schools, higher education, business, industry and government agencies. The Ph.D. prepares students to conduct research on technology-enhanced learning environments.

The Instructional Technology Ph.D. program provides specialization for individuals in the following areas:

  • instructional design
  • alternative instructional delivery systems
  • research
  • management and consulting

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 60 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Learn more about the online program

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: January 15 

Careers

Our instructional technology graduates work in leadership positions in higher education, corporate and non-profit sector, and kindergarten through 12th grade education.

Other titles include university professor, training and development manager, curriculum designer, instructional developer and instructional technology director.

Our program is taught in the heart of downtown Atlanta, which gives our students the opportunity for internships at Fortune 500 companies, national and international non-profit organizations, government entities and healthcare organizations.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Writing Sample (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (upload with the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 3.30 graduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores: An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

Please Note:

  • Interviews will be conducted by department faculty. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

Program of Study

Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology

A. Core Area (18)

The Core Area consists of 15 semester hours of research coursework and 3 semester hours of Social Foundation of Education and Psychology of Learning coursework.

Research Core (15 hours)

Choose one course (3):

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)

Required (12):

  • A two-course sequence (6 hours) in research methodology (see below for specific tracks/courses)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in advanced research methods as identified by the Doctoral Advisory Committee

Quantitative Methodology

  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8820 Program Evaluation and Institutional Research (3)
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8660 Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I (3)
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II(3)
  • EPRS 9900 Research Design (3)

Qualitative Methodology

  • ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)

Single-Case Methodology

  • EPY 8850 Introduction to Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8860 Applications of Single-Case Methodology (3)

Historical/Philosophical Methodology

  • EPSF 9850 Historical Research in American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)

Measurement Methodology

  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory (3)

Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning Core (3 hours)

In addition to highly specialized research in specific areas, doctoral students in the College of Education & Human Development must possess a deep understanding of comprehensive, theoretical principles and broad ideological conceptualizations.

Through historical, philosophical, sociological and anthropological inquiry, knowledge of social foundations fosters the types of speculative investigations essential for thorough understandings of those theoretical principles and ideological conceptualizations necessary to uphold the integrity of the Ph.D. degree.

The psychology of learning component is based on the following guiding principles: (1) Educational leaders make judgments that affect learning. (2) Doctoral students should have a substantial understanding of the psychology of learning.

Select one (3):

  • EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)
  • EPY 8030 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 8050 The Psychology of Instruction (3)
  • EPY 8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning (3)
  • EPY 8080 Memory and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the School-Age Child (5 to 18 Years) (3)
  • EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)

B. Major Area (27)

The required courses provide a conceptual base of research, emerging issues in education, and an in-depth examination of research in the major field. The internship (LT 8660) facilitates the application of theory to practice in the major field of study.

Required (21):

  • LT 8100 Theoretical and Cognitive Foundations of the Learning Sciences
  • LT 8300 Design Research in Practice
  • LT 9850 Research Seminar in Learning Technologies (9)
    (Students will take LT 9850 for one hour every semester until they are admitted into candidacy.)
  • LT 9900 Critique of Educational Research in Learning Technologies (3)
  • LT 8660 Internship in Instructional Technology (3)

Select (12):
Students and the Doctoral Advisory Committee select additional departmental courses relating to instructional technology.

C. Dissertation (15)

Required (15):
LT 9990 Dissertation (15)

Program total: minimum of 60 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.

Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Description

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus, Online (some courses)

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Lauren Margulieux
lmargulieux@gsu.edu
404-413-8064

Learning Sciences
DLSRecruitment@gsu.edu
404-413-8040

Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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