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Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.D. (Ed Tech concentration)

What will I study?

This 100% online degree is designed to help you develop capabilities essential to the analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and research of technology-based learning, instruction, and training (e.g., computer-based training, software/multimedia development, assistive technology modifications, online education, and distance learning).

Our program’s missions are:

  • To prepare practitioners with sound principles and techniques of instructional systems design plus technological competence
  • To prepare leaders for the meaningful integration of educational technology in teaching, learning, and performance environments
  • To develop scholarly practitioners with the ability to solve significant problems of practice within their respective contexts.

We work towards completing these missions by creating a community of scholars, the focus of our doctoral program of study, additional degree requirements, and the dissertation in practice (see below).

As a doctoral student within the Educational Technology concentration, you will be expected to seek out, reflect upon, and research issues related to the broad foundations of technology-based learning. Our program subscribes to the definition of educational technology adopted by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology ([AECT]; 2008) and put forth by Januszewski and Molenda:

“Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”


What kinds of research will I be able to do?

As part of the dissertation in practice, you will work with your advisor to develop action research that lets you explore technology-enhanced teaching and learning important to you. Your research will involve persistent Problems of Practice within your context; and you will learn to use research-based resources to maximize learning for different learners across different contexts.


What kinds of work will I be able to do?

This program is focused on preparing educational practitioners who are interested in using focused inquiry to improve their practice. Potential new careers include instructional designers, curriculum developers, and instructional support leaders for K-12 school districts, higher education, or departments of education. Although this program does not prepare you to become research track higher education faculty, it does give you the option of clinical faculty work in higher education.


Special Tuition Rates

South Carolina certified teachers pay a reduced tuition rate. Out-of-state students admitted to this program pay regular South Carolina resident tuition rate:

  South Carolina Certified Teachers All Other Applicants
 Per Credit Hour $515* $572.25
Estimated Total Tuition including Fees $33,898*  $37,333

* This rate applies for SC resident certified teachers completing fewer than 12 hours per semester. Fall I and II together is considered one semester, Spring I and II together is considered one semester, and all summer sessions are considered one semester.

These fees and rates are subject to change and are effective as of July 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.


Financial Aid

Most students in this program receive assistance through loans and other forms of aid. Complete your FAFSA to be considered for these aid programs. 


Course Work and Admissions

Courses are offered online in a convenient 8-week format.

Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (12 semester hours)
The Curriculum and Instruction Core provides an opportunity for you to develop critical thinking curricular perspectives, including knowledge of practical skills, theoretical constructs, and an understanding of the integral and intersectional relationship of theory to practice for instruction, teaching, and learning.

Concentration in Educational Technology (15 semester hours)
This selection of courses is designed to build your understanding of the structure of technology-enhanced teaching, learning, and instruction for various populations and to survey current tools, techniques, and frameworks for the creation and distribution of instruction.

Cognate Courses (9 semester hours)
You will work closely with your advisor to develop a series of courses that truly focus on an area of interest and allow for an in-depth study to complement your Educational Technology concentration.

Research Courses (12 semester hours)
The Research Courses are meant to introduce you to the process of conducting your own classroom-based, school-based, or social institution-based inquiry; to identify a problem of practice; and to develop components of your dissertation in practice proposal using action research as a methodology.

Dissertation (12 semester hours)
Your dissertation is conducted as a dissertation in practice. A dissertation in practice follows an action research model that requires all students to be in a full-time work context, where you can directly impact teaching, learning, and/or staff professional development. The dissertation process itself is embedded within the courses and curriculum to maximize your understanding and facilitate success. 

For more information about curriculum or program requirements, please visit the academic bulletin



  • A Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your ability to matriculate into this doctoral program and complete a dissertation. The Graduate School requires that all letters of recommendation be submitted through their Letters of Recommendation Portal. You will be required to include the email addresses of the people you have asked to write letters of recommendation in support of your application.
  • Complete a Letter of Intent. Describe how the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction — Educational Technology Concentration is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for the degree program (in Word or PDF format). The letter of intent should include:
    • specific details of how the applicant fits with the Online Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Educational Technology,
    • how the program supports your professional goals,
    • how you are a good match to the goals of the program as stated in this program guide,
    • an identified Problem of Practice for the Dissertation in Practice, and
    • any evidence of research methods, including action research, expertise.
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work to the Graduate School directly from your institution(s);
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae that delineates any publications you may have;
  • Scholarly writing samples: publications, grants and/or graduate level papers. Scholarly writing samples must show evidence of American Psychological Association (APA) citations and references.




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