Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)
Learning Systems Design and Technology prepares individuals to serve as instructional designers/developers or training specialists in business, academic, health care, industrial, non-profit, or government settings. Placement opportunities have been excellent in this rapidly changing field.
The LSDT program focuses on the principles and techniques of creating learning products and multimedia‐based online resources for learning, instruction, and education. Some examples include instruction in learning theories, systems design, and principles that apply to the design, development, evaluation, and management of learning systems, resources, and technologies.
A total of 72 semester hours is required in order to complete the degree. Students will take 15 credit hours of required COEHS and C&I core courses (see list below). Student will be required to complete an additional 25 credit hours in LSDT. Students will also be required to complete 24 credit hours of doctoral dissertation coursework and complete at least 9 credit hours of research tool courses.
College of Education Professional Core (6 semester hours)
EDUC 510 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education
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EDUC 511 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical and Cultural Foundations of Education
- or - EDUC 512 - Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Foundations of Education
Research Tools Courses (9 credit hours)
QUAN 505 - Introduction to Quantitative Research
EAHE 587 - Introduction to Qualitative Research
Your Choice of a Cross-Departmental Research Course (3 credit hours)
C&I Professional Core (9 semester hours)
C&I 582 - Advanced Research Methods in Education
C&I 583 - Instructional Theory, Principles, and Practices
C&I 584 - Curriculum Theory, Foundations, and Principles
LSDT Courses (25 credit hours, includes electives)
Courses vary. See the LSDT Curriculum Guide below for more information.
VIEW CURRICULUM GUIDE | Ph.D. Curriculum Guide - LSDT
For a complete and detailed list of the C&I doctoral program requirements, visit the College of Education and Human Services’ degree requirement page.