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

For priority admission and financial consideration, apply for Fall by January 15. TLTE Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships are available.

  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae: Reviewers will be looking for professional experience and a minimum of two years as an educator in school or non-school settings.
  • Personal Statement: In 4-6 pages, this autobiographical scholarly statement should briefly describe your professional career to date and highlight experiences, philosophies, goals, and service work. 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. Reviewers will be looking for a fit between your interests/goals and this program's ability to address those interests/goals.
  • Writing Sample:  Provide a writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly writing ability, such as a term paper, thesis, or published research article.
  • Recommenders:  At least one of your three recommendations must be submitted by an academic (faculty).
  • Academic Eligibility:  Undergraduate GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduate GPA minimum of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.


Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

Graduate Chair

Jenelle Reeves


Joelle Tangen

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