Doctorate Degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology

We prepare professionals who:

  • Design effective learning experiences

  • Utilize innovative educational technologies

  • Produce impactful knowledge

  • Pursue their own spiritual, moral, intellectual,
    and professional growth using Christ as the exemplar

PhD Program Overview

Instructional Psychology and Technology deals with identifying and implementing improvements in instruction and understanding the principles that influence these improvements. IP&T applies these principles to solve instructional problems, which occur in educational settings, including public schools and universities, government, church, military, business, and industry.

Students can select from classes in:

  • Instructional Design and Development
  • Research, Evaluation
  • Educational Measurement, Assessment

Students participate in department seminars, interact with other students in group projects and informal study, collaborate with faculty, participate in internship experiences, and participate in comprehensive exam projects. Graduates may take positions as faculty at colleges and universities, administer or direct other instructional designers in private or public institutions, or work as individual consultants. PhD students complete the program in 3–5 years.

How To Apply

Submit Program Application

Applications due January 1. Submit program application through Graduate Studies

Submit Proper Documents

  • Grade transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendations
  • Letter of intent
  • GRE scores (View GRE Statistics)

After application submitted, you will be asked to complete some video interviews.

Application Details

Graduation Requirements

55 Credit Hours

  • 18 hours of Core courses
  • 15 hours of Skills courses
  • 22 hours of Specialization courses
  • 2 hours of Seminar

Two specializations are offered in the IP&T doctoral program: Instructional Design, and Research, Measurement & Evaluation

Internships allow students to reinforce skills learned through coursework as well as to develop additional practical expertise through “real world” work experience.

6 credits required

Step 1: Submit a signed Internship Contract Form to the department internship coordinator for approval.
Step 2: Complete the online internship application WELL BEFORE the add/drop deadline.
Step 3: Register for IP&T 599R before the add/drop deadline. (6 credits)

In order to obtain a more valid measure of knowledge and problem-solving skills, the comprehensive exam requirement for the PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology is met by successfully completing two comprehensive examination projects.

  • 6 credits required
  • These projects should be related to two different areas of emphasis: development, evaluation, measurement, or research.
  • 18 hours of dissertation credit
  • After choosing a topic and forming an advisory committee, register for dissertation credit (IP&T 799R)
  • Prepare and defend a prospectus
  • Conduct a dissertation study, write and review dissertation

Course List

Any other specialization courses must be approved by your committee.

  • IP&T 520: Foundations of Technology (3 credits)
  • IP&T 564: Instructional Design (3 credits)
  • IP&T 620: Principles of Learning(3 credits)
  • IP&T 629: Introduction to Research
  • IP&T 652: Assessing Learning Outcomes (3 credits)
  • IP&T 661: Introduction to Evaluation in Education (3 credits) OR IP&T 761: Advanced Evaluation in Education
  • IP&T 515R: Special Topics in IP&T (3 credits)
  • IP&T 560: Instructional Product Development (3 credits)
  • IP&T 651: Statistics I: Foundations (3 credits)
  • IP&T 653: Qualitative Research I (3 credits)
  • IP&T 655: Digital Interface Design (2 credits)
  • IP&T 665: Instructional Visual/Video Production (4 credits)
  • IP&T 745: Statistics 2: Multiple Regression (3 credits)
  • IP&T 753R: Qualitative Research 2 (3 credits)
  • IP&T 760R: Advanced e-Learning Development (3 credits)

Instructional Design

  • IP&T 514R: Special Topics in Instructional Technology
  • IP&T 531: Introduction to Open Education
  • IP&T 538: Teaching in Online and Blended Learning Environments
  • IP&T 655: Digital Interface Design
  • IP&T 664: Advanced Instructional Design
  • IP&T 665: Instructional Visual/Video Production
  • IP&T 682R: Project & Instructional Resource Management
  • IP&T 760R: Advanced E-Learning Development

Research, Measurement & Evaluation

  • IP&T 631: Research in Open Education
  • IP&T 638: Research in Blended & Online Learning Environments
  • IP&T 653: Qualitative Research I
  • IP&T 692R: Advanced Topics
  • IP&T 745: Statistics 2: Multiple Regression
  • IP&T 750: Literature Review and Synthesis
  • IP&T 752: Measurement Theory
  • IP&T 753: Qualitative Research 2
  • IP&T 754: Item Response Theory
  • IP&T 761: Advanced Evaluation in Education