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Doctor of Philosophy
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Instructional Design and Technology, PhD (IDT)

We live in a tech-heavy world of information overload. Daily we are bombarded with messages and new media alternatives all designed to compete for our attention. In this world, from secondary classrooms to corporate training environments, educators like you are tasked with imparting information, developing skills, and otherwise preparing students for success, both personally and professionally. It’s a daunting task, but it can be done—especially if you know what it takes to transform technology into your teaching resources.

At Keiser University, we offer a doctorate purposefully designed to help you do just that. Our Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology offers the information, insights, and strategies you need to create and implement exceptional multi-media learning experiences that produce real results. These are the skills, and this is the credential, you need to lead tech-based learning initiatives in any educational setting, from school districts to community programs to private enterprises.

At a Glance

60 Credit Hours

20 Courses

30 - 48 Months*

8 Week Terms

Up to 18 credits of transfer credit

Instructional design careers in a variety of settings, including distance learning.


Financial aid for those who qualify**

** Speak with a dedicated financial aid counselor to explore all your financial aid and funding options.

* Time to completion is an estimate, not intended as a guarantee, and can vary based on many case-by-case factors.

Program Overview

Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology prepares education professionals to apply instructional systems design, theory, tools, and technologies to achieve desired educational and training outcomes in various settings. Coursework for the doctorate fosters lifelong learning and values leadership, ethical and informed decision-making, diversity, assessment, program evaluation, effective communication, and educational technology.

Student First Philosophy

Featuring a “Student First” mentality, Keiser University is committed to providing the education students need to excel in their careers and their lives—whether that is in this PhD program dedicated to maximizing instructional systems or one of the dozens of other graduate programs. Our commitment to putting students first leads us to offer a flexible learning option through an online delivery format.

Through our PhD in Instructional Design and Technology program, we offer the professional development students need to advance their careers in educational fields, designing instruction for e-learning as well as in-person learning experiences.

Know Your “WHY”
Commit to Graduation

Take your teaching with technology career to an instructional management-level with Keiser’s instructional design and technology PhD program. This Doctor of Philosophy program prepares students to meet the practical challenges of research-based and technology-enhanced instructional design for any educational setting, from online teaching to corporate training to higher education.

What Can You Expect to Learn

Keiser University’s PhD in Instructional Design and Technology gives students the tools and training to combine technology, teaching, and design for educational experiences that lead to better learning outcomes for their students. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate and apply current best practices in course, program, curriculum, and training development
  • Renew and develop expertise in the field of instructional design technologies
  • Gauge and assess a range of technology-based learning models and integrate the use of effective technologies in supporting learner success
  • Explore and extrapolate implications in the advancement of future technologies in education and training on a global basis
  • Use multimedia applications in the development of training and learning activities
  • Communicate clearly and effectively through documents, presentations, and publications
  • Advance the body of knowledge through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship

Program Prerequisites

  • Relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • No GRE is required for any of Keiser University’s graduate-level degrees in education, including this PhD instructional design and technology program.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology, students must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Curriculum for this instructional technology program of study includes:

  • Foundation Courses
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Education/Leadership 3.0 credit hours
    Diversity, Ethical Decision Making, and Community Relations 3.0 credit hours
    Leading Technology Innovation 3.0 credit hours
    Designing Training and Performance Solutions 3.0 credit hours
    Curriculum Design 3.0 credit hours
    PhD Instructional Design and Technology Core Courses
    Instructional Design Theory 3.0 credit hours
    Analysis and Design of Technology – Based Learning Models 3.0 credit hours
    Instructional Multimedia 3.0 credit hours
    Current Issues in Instructional Technology 3.0 credit hours
    Elective 3.0 credit hours
    Elective 3.0 credit hours
    Research Courses
    Quantitative Research I 3.0 credit hours
    Quantitative Research II 3.0 credit hours
    Qualitative Research 3.0 credit hours
    Mixed Methods 3.0 credit hours
    Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review 3.0 credit hours
    Dissertation Courses
    Dissertation 12 credit hours (6 courses at 2 credits each)

    Note: Doctoral students must complete two residencies: one in the first year of the program and the second prior to dissertation.

    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency One
    • Doctor of Philosophy Residency Two

Career Pathways in Instructional Design and Technology

Upon graduation from our on-campus or online PhD instructional design and technology program, you will have earned a doctorate as well as gained the abilities you need to:

  • Use effective instructional design theory and models supporting technology-based education through in-person and online learning
  • Develop effective educational experiences teaching with technology in person or through online course design
  • Advance the instructional design field’s body of work through relevant, reflective, action-oriented research and scholarship
  • Appreciate diversity through the application of multicultural methods of research
  • And more!

Through Keiser’s educational technology program, you will develop and hone critical thinking skills, an appreciation of training technologies, and the ability to work autonomously or with a team to develop a game plan for creating instruction that meets learning goals. You will also gain the experience, expertise, credential, and confidence to pursue next-level teaching and training roles in higher education and professional organizations. Career opportunities can include.

  • Instructional designer
  • Instructional technologist
  • Distance or online learning specialist
  • Educational consultant
  • Technology coordinator
  • Dean of distance learning or online education
  • Director of e-learning
  • And more!

Start Your PhD in Instructional Design and Technology Program Now!

If you’ve been looking for the right instructional design and technology PhD program to achieve your educational and career goals, look no further. Keiser University has your program. Our IDT program of study can help you elevate your career and your future! Learn more about our PhD in Instructional Design and Technology today by Requesting More Info now!

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