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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Instructional Technology - PHD

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Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology – PH6225

Department of Educational Studies
McCracken Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus/Hybrid

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

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.

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.

The Instructional Technology program offers rich and engaging classroom instruction and learning, accompanied by occasional blended or hybrid online delivery. Many courses are offered at night to accommodate working professionals. It accepts applications for the doctoral program any semester of the year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • To obtain a rich conceptual and application-based understanding of instructional technology, particularly as it pertains to teaching, research and instructional design.
  • To become effective researchers with the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches.
  • To develop and exhibit a strong aptitude for writing, speaking, and listening.
  • To become contributors to the academic discipline of instructional technology.

Opportunities for Graduates

The Instructional Technology Doctoral Program provides an opportunity for educators, researchers and educational leaders to build and enhance capacities in instructional design, innovation and technology planning and implementation in local, regional, state, national, and international arenas. The program is committed to prepare locally-engaged and globally-minded agents of change graduates who can effect positive change through innovation as instructional designers, technologists, researchers and teachers.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must submit an application form. Application is for the Educational Studies Department. The code is PH6225. Applicants are evaluated on the bases of the following:

  • Academic Potential – Evidence of potential for academic work at the doctoral level includes:
  • Master’s GPA of 3.0;
  • Commentary from former professors, who provide letters of recommendation;
  • GRE composite verbal/quantitative score of 1050 (recommended); and
  • For international applicants, who are non-native speakers of English, a minimum TOEFL or IELTS is expected, as indicated on the website of the Graduate College.
  • Writing Ability – Writing ability sufficient to handle the requirements of doctoral course work is judged through an analysis of the autobiography submitted by the applicant.
  • Oral Communication – Competence in oral communication is evaluated through an interview conducted by at least two faculty members in the Educational Administration Program.
  • Commitment – Evidence of commitment to advanced graduate study is obtained from the letters of recommendation submitted by employers, supervisors, and former professors and from the applicant’s answers to questions posed in the interview.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 78 credit hours as follows:

Instructional Technology Core

Complete a minimum of 44 hours in the instructional technology core:

Cognate Area

Complete a minimum of 8 hours in any relevant discipline outside Instructional Technology coursework.

Research Courses

Complete a minimum of 16 hours of research courses, including these core courses:


Complete a minimum of 10 dissertation hours.

Additional Requirements

Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam.

Culminating Experience

Students must complete and successfully defend a dissertation.

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