Educational Studies (PHD) - Innovative Learning Technologies

  • On Campus

This specialization prepares educators to use technology to support teaching and learning. This may occur in an array of settings, including classroom instruction, instructional design and development, and digital learning. Upon completion, participants will be cognizant of theory and research related to best practices, take part in creating effective use of technology in instruction, and assist others in using technology effectively for teaching and learning. To choose this specialization, you must take 18 credits from the approved specialization courses. For your remaining advanced graduate courses, please consult the TLTE graduate catalog.

See Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae (required)
  • Scholarly Statement (required): This autobiographical statement of 4-6 pages should briefly describe your professional career to date and highlight experiences, philosophies, goals, and service work. Please discuss past research productivity, leadership, and/or contributions to your profession. Address in particular the role of research in your areas of scholarly interest and explain your reasons for pursuing a doctorate in TLTE. Finally, describe what would be important to you in being mentored as a doctoral student. (TLTE graduate faculty member profiles are available at
  • Writing Sample (required):  Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly writing ability. For example, you may submit a term paper, a thesis, or published research article.
  • Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate GPA: minimum of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Professional experience: a minimum of two years as an educator in a school or non-school settings;
  • Fit between the applicant's goals/interests and the department's ability to address those goals/interests;
  • Evidence of strong writing ability.


Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves


Joelle Tangen

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