Educational Technology is a doctoral specialization within the Learning Sciences program. Students pursuing a PhD with a specialization in Educational Technology graduate with a) expertise in how technology can be used to address existing educational problems or learning outcomes in innovative ways, and b) a strong skill set in research methods appropriate to the field. The emphasis on technological innovation is grounded in what is already known about how people learn, effective instructional approaches, and instructional design models. Students engage in research intended to advance the field’s understanding of how to exploit the capabilities of emerging technologies to design effective educational materials or experiences for learners.
Faculty mentors work with Ed Tech doctoral students to develop a program of study tailored to their area of research interest and career goals. Students also have the opportunity to assist and partner in faculty-led research projects. These typically result in conference presentations and co-authorship on journal publications.
Doctoral students can also gain competency in teaching graduate level courses through an apprenticeship experience with a faculty member.
Graduates of the PhD program find employment as faculty in higher education, administrators in K-12 school districts, or in industry, generally leading instructional design, training, or evaluation efforts.
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