Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education (DCTE)
This program offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computing Technology in Education. The program addresses (1) the use of information technology to improve cognition; (2) the development, management, and evaluation of computing systems that support the educational process; and (3) the role of computing and other advanced technology in education and training. The program is especially well suited to educational administrators, college faculty members, directors of academic computing, teachers of all grades, district and building technology administrators, industry and armed forces trainers, and instructional system designers and developers. It provides information technology professionals with the knowledge and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation. After students complete the course requirements they may apply for the educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree.
Graduates with the Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education will: (1) possess advanced knowledge and deeper understanding of the field of computing technology in education; (2) communicate professionally and ethically about computing technology in education research issues; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature related to the field of computing technology in education; and (4) generate new knowledge through research/scholarship and disseminate that knowledge to others using the necessary technical and intellectual skills to produce a written document that makes an original contribution to the field of computing technology in education.
Students in the computing technology in education program attend two four-day sessions (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) per year.These sessions bring together students and faculty for participation in classes, seminars, and dissertation counseling, and provide ample opportunity for student-faculty and student-student interaction. Between sessions, students work on course assignments and research, and participate in online activities that facilitate frequent interaction with the faculty and with other students.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
A master’s degree in any liberal arts, science, education or applied science field with a GPA of 3.25 is required. The candidate must have strong skills in computing and communication in the English language. Entering students who do not have a statistics course on their master's transcripts must take RESD 610. The requirement must be met before or during the first doctoral registration. GSCIS master’s students in information technology in education or information technology with the educational technology concentration may apply for early admission into the Ph.D. program.
The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 40 are for courses and at least 24 are for the dissertation. RESD 700 and RESD 710 are required. However, these courses may be taken at any point and in any order during the coursework component of the program.
Courses and dissertation registrations are listed below:Required Core Courses (four credits each)
Elective Courses (Select six of these.)
Research Registrations Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of DCTE 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Students are advised to register for the two sections of Directed Research in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research. Students may repeat Directed Research with the same faculty member only with permission of that faculty member.Dissertation Registrations