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Option in Learning, Design and Technology

The PhD in Education, option in Learning, Design and Technology is designed to educate scholars with a deep understanding and ability to create and apply knowledge of educational technology in scholarly communities in order to advance education at the national and international level. Our graduates are applying their degrees in higher education positions (faculty, administrators and instructional design specialist), medical education (faculty and instructional design specialists), non-profit organizations, tribal education (program development and online learning) and software companies (training and implementation).


This holistic degree integrates instructional design, online teaching, effects of technology on cognition and learning and design-based research with emerging technology and creativity. The program requires 69 hours of coursework:

  • Common Core — 9 hours

  • Research Courses — 12 hours

  • Specialization — 24 hours 

  • Cognate Area of Study — 9 hours

  • Dissertation — 15 hours

Course information

Research and Faculty

Our expert faculty currently serve as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $43 million in grants and cooperative agreements, including projects funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA and John Legend's The Show Me Campaign


You will have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and companies to provide access to emerging tools and improve the design and evaluation of commercial tools, present at national conferences, develop learning applications and interventions and engage in authentic problem solving. 


Research topics includes:

  • Online learning
  • STEM engagement
  • International & comparative education
  • Mobile learning, technology integration, creativity & innovation in teaching
  • Educator preparation, effects of technology on cognition and learning
  • Diffusion of innovation 
  • Transformative learning theory
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Design-based research
  • Makerspaces
  • Emerging technologies

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Applications to the program are considered twice per year with the following deadlines:


  • January 15 — Fall Priority | July 1 — Fall Final 
  • September 15 — Spring Priority | December 1 — Spring Final


To apply to the PhD in Education, option in Learning, Design and Technology program, complete the following: 

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  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.5 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Current resume/vita
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Scholarly writing sample 
  • A master’s degree in a related field
  • Response to the Analytical Writing prompt. Contact for specific instructions.

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Cost & Assistance

Graduate assistantships, which provide a monthly stipend as well as tuition and health insurance, are available on a competitive basis. Students interested in applying for an assistantship through the learning, design and technology program should email Please note, you must apply by the priority deadline to be considered for scholarships and assistantships.


Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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