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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Instructional Technology - PHD

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Degree Title: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Name and Number: Instructional Technology - PH6225

Department/Unit: Department of Educational Studies

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring | Summer]

Program Mission: The Instructional Technology (IT) program at Ohio University prepares professionals for technology leadership positions in K-12 schools, higher education, community colleges and industry. IT serves professional educators and curriculum designers as well as those involved in instructional design, development, and training in government and the private sector. The Instructional Technology program emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed to apply a wide range of technologies in achieving educational goals within schools, online, in communities, and globally across private and public sectors.

Program Learning Objectives: The purpose of the doctorate in Instructional Technology is to develop educational leaders in technology who will improve educational practices and professional development through inquiry. The doctorate is to enhance reflective educational inquiry in four ways:

1. a deep understanding of instructional design and instructional technology;

2. the understanding of the cultural contexts of technology within curriculum and instruction;

3. the use of research tools appropriate to guide the inquiry; and

4. application and dissemination of the outcomes/products of inquiry.

Program Overview: The doctoral specialization in Instructional Technology is designed for individuals whose major professional interest is exploring research and theory in instructional and informational technologies

Students are expected to integrate knowledge in the specialization fields of instructional design and instructional technology with that in professional education and to apply this integration to the change process in education and/or industry. They are expected to design and conduct research that demonstrates the ability to investigate a problem in the area of Instructional Technology and to work effectively with actual situations involving curricular and instructional change in the area of technology.

Opportunities for Graduates: The program prepares graduates for positions as technology leaders in state technology agencies, professional development centers, educational technology centers, or distance learning projects; as instructional designers for educational enterprises; and for faculty positions in higher education. It may also prepare individuals for technology leadership positions in ministries of education and higher education administration.

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Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum of 78 credits in Instructional Technology, cognate area, research, and dissertation. 
  2. Passing comprehensive written and oral examination.
  3. Approved thesis proposal.
  4. Approved thesis/dissertation. 

If studying full time, 3 years for completion is the typical time to degree.

Culminating Experience:

  • Thesis/Dissertation

Admission Requirements: University minimum of a 4-year bachelors degree and a TOEFL of 80+ for non-native English speakers. The program requires 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, official transcripts, and a statement of goals and resume which describe why you wish to be admitted to the program.

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