Doctorate in Edcational/Instructional Technology

Discussion in 'Education, Teaching and related degrees' started by Splas, May 15, 2014.

  1. Splas

    Splas New Member

    Long time reader, but I have not posted in awhile. To make a long story as short as possible, I received my MS in Instructional Technology from ECU online with many thanks to this board for making me more comfortable with online learning. I graduated about 4 years ago and loved the program. Dr. Abbie Brown at ECU is as good as it gets. He was recently named the university teacher of the year in NC (the first ever exclusively online teacher to receive the award). After I earned my degree, I was hired as an instructional designer for a community college. I love my job.

    I have worked 4 years as an instructional designer in a college setting. Now, I want to pursue a doctorate degree to better my understanding of the field and receive a terminal degree in my field.

    I applied to Boise State's Ed.D. in Educational Technology program, but did not make it in the program. It seems to be very competitive (30%ish percent acceptance rate). I made it to the interview process, but was not accepted.

    My question is, what advice would you give me regarding my next step? Re-apply to Boise State next year? I am also looking at Wyoming's Instructional Technology Ed.D. even though their tuition is going up substantially. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Old Dominion University in neighboring Virginia has a PhD in Instructional Design and Technology one can do online. Maybe that would work for you?
  3. Splas

    Splas New Member

    Yes, I have looked at that program, thank you. I asked a few people in the field about it, and they just gave me short, politically correct, answers. That made me a little nervous about it. I heard positive things regarding Indiana (Ed.D. Instructional Systems Technology) , Boise State (EdD Educational Technology) and The University of Wyoming (EdD Instructional Technology).

    I also looked at:

    EdD in Distance Learning They only have one faculty member in the field though, which I thought was strange. It is Dr. Baker (the author of a famous Christian focused DL book Dr. Baker's Guide). It's really expensive, $800+ per credit.

    New Jersey City University EdD Educational Technology Leadership but it is $18,000 per year :yikes:, that's $54,000.

    So there is some my research that might help someone else. As for my original question, I should lean it more towards advice finding a good fit and how to convey that in the interview process. I felt I was a strong candidate for Boise State, but my interview obviously did not convince them of that.
  4. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    Really? ODU's a great school. I can't imagine why they'd make those comments...

  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    That surprises me. I've worked in higher education in Virginia and never heard a bad thing about ODU. And they've done distance learning for a long time, their use of distance learning goes back to the mid '80s, when they started offering televised lectures at off site locations across Virginia. U.S. News, for whatever they're worth, ranks ODU's graduate school of education as 70th in the country.

    I suppose it would have been helpful if the people you talked to actually said what they meant, whether it was that they didn't like the school for some reason or was some other thing.
  6. Splas

    Splas New Member

    I was surprised as well, but I didn't push the issue. At that time, I also looked through a collection of published dissertations compiled by a well known group in Instructional Design/Technology and none of ODU's student's work was listed. Almost every school I knew of that offered a program in the filed was, but they were not. I thought that was strange as well. I had almost forgotten about the program until this post.

    I am in an instructional technology group, and I know of someone who was in the program at one point. I will see if I can get in touch with him. I will post his thoughts on the program if I am able to get in touch.
  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    You might want to look up the EdD Sticky if you're looking for more options.
  8. Delta

    Delta Active Member

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  9. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    I've been in the field of instructional technology for over 25 years and know many of the faculty in the programs that you have mentioned. Indiana U. consistently ranks toward the top in reputation in the field. Boise State and University of Wyoming have very well-regarded faculty who are leaders in the field. Kay Persichitte (Wyoming) is President-Elect of AECT (the leading professional association for instructional design & technology in higher ed). Gary Morrison (Old Dominion) is Editor of Journal of Computing in Higher Education. Liberty, Regent and New Jersey city are all fine schools, but if you want to have access to faculty who are well known in the field (great for both knowledge and networking), I would stick with the other options.
  10. sawan20

    sawan20 New Member

    Yes, it is wonderful school and its study is also better then others.
  11. Splas

    Splas New Member

    Priceless information, thank you. I am a member of AECT. I like that they are a affiliated with them. It's a shame Wyoming hiked their tuition so much, so quickly.

    I messaged the student in the ODU program. He is in his third year. He said he has enjoyed it and recommended it.

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