May 27, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 40 
ACE Catalog - Volume 40 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Technology, Ed.D.

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Program Description

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology provides an in-depth approach to research-based methods of instructional technology methods for a wide range of educational fields. The degree emphasizes the use of theoretical foundations and current real-world practices to support the development of relevant technology to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners. Students completing the Ed.D. will gain experience as a scholar practitioner with the necessary skills to utilize innovative Instructional Technology methods relevant to current educational needs in a variety of professional settings. The Ed.D. includes a second area of specialization which provides students with 18 graduate credit hours in a focus of study. 

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply professional skills and abilities in integrating technology in educational environments to facilitate experiences addressing the diverse needs of all learners. 
  2. Using theories, standards and frameworks, explain the selection of experiences and assessment options which will engage learners through the implementation of research-based instructional strategies appropriate for digital delivery. 
  3. Designing, developing and implementing technology-rich programs, at a mastery level, that model best practices in teaching, learning, and assessment.  
  4. Display leadership capabilities which include effective utilization of resources to conduct and apply current research, promote continuous improvement at the organizational or program level, and to establish a culture of learning for all learners.
  5. Demonstrate safe and healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information while effectively demonstrating approaches to civic and global accountability. 
  6. Investigate problems critical to the field which apply analytical inquiry, a range of resources, and diver perspectives to assess elements of complexity to determine potential solutions.  
  7. Enhance leadership capacity and shared governance through the articulation of ways to establish, enhance, and expand virtual, collaborative communities, developing partnerships in diverse settings through effective communication.  
  8. Analyze and promote best practices in leadership.
  9. Demonstrate competence in the application of multiple research methods.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology program is to promote evidence-based learning, application-based problem solving, and leadership development in Instructional Technology through an innovative and high-quality educational experience.  The program provides a real-world application of research based methods to promote the growth of students working in Instructional technology focused industries. 

Focus of Study Options

Curriculum and Instruction  

The Curriculum and Instruction focus of study prepares students for today’s educational environments.  Today’s learning environments require understanding critical aspects of how learning happens for a diverse population spanning multiple ages.  This focus of study examines how standards shape assessment while building needed skills in content areas each strengthen by the ability to read well.    

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education focus of study will provide an in-depth exploration of theory, research, and practical applications relevant to professionals working in the early childhood field. Students will gain advanced knowledge of developmental theories and modern early childhood practices which influence children, educators, families, stakeholders, and public policy. 

Health and Wellness  

The Health and Wellness focus of study provides students with the information necessary to expand their knowledge in the health and wellness field.  The program provides content that includes not only the fundamentals of health and wellness, but also the theories, systems, and policies.  Students enrolled in this focus of study will be provided the opportunity to learn foundational leadership skills in health education.  

Higher Education  

The Higher Education focus of study is intended to prepare administrators in acquiring or enhancing necessary skills to successfully lead higher education institutions. The courses offer a broad perspective of critical issues facing higher education, emphasizing the complexity of student concerns while balancing the demands of outside constituents, e.g. accreditors, state and federal regulators, community, students, and faculty. Designed to complement and support professional agendas, individual studies prepare leadership to understand the integrated aspects of complex systems influenced by modern societal issues.  

Instructional Leadership  

The Instructional Leadership focus of study prepares instructional students to assist their schools, organizations, and communities in moving away from less effective traditional views of teaching and learning by embracing a more proactive approach of using formative assessment data to build curriculum, design instructional delivery, and teach with the future in mind instead of solely relying on summative evaluations measuring only what has already been taught in the past. Educational and organizational leaders can then make informed decisions and learner-centered adjustments much earlier in the process, maximize all available resources, and ultimately, foster higher levels of achievement and performance within their schools or organizations.  


The Leadership focus of study supports candidates who seek to serve in leadership positions or grow in their leadership practice. Students expand their knowledge in key areas such as ethics, resource management, coaching, strategic planning and organizational culture to become more confident in their advanced leadership practice throughout diverse organizational settings. 


The Literacy focus of study provides students with a detailed examination of best practices in literacy education. Students will gain advanced knowledge of curriculum design, assessment, and leadership skills relevant to literacy education. The courses will provide the foundation to become educational leaders in the field of literacy.

Second Language Instruction 

The Second Language Instruction focus of study provides students with information to work with second language learners in a variety of settings. The program provides content addressing key foundational theories and research-based strategies to support the educational or instructional needs of diverse learners. Students enrolled in this focus of study can select courses which address instructional methods applicable to traditional classroom settings or they may select courses which support working with second language learners through a leadership role.   

Special Education

The Special Education focus of study will provide an in-depth exploration of theory, research, and practical applications relevant to professionals working in the special education field. Students will gain advanced knowledge of developmental theories and instructional strategies which influence children, educators, families, laws, and public policy. 

STEM Education

The STEM Education focus of study utilizes digital resources to foster the innovative engagement of diverse learners associated with the integrated contents of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The courses offer a holistic overview of historical and current issues and trends impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve learning and leadership in the field. 

Course List (64 Total Semester Credits) 

Choose a 6 course Focus of Study (18 Semester Credits)

Customize this degree by choosing a six-course focus of study to fulfill the remaining 18 semester credits

General Track

Any six courses selected from above.


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state. 
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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