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Idaho State University

Instructional Design and Technology Ed.D.

 Do you want to know how people learn in order to create accessible learning (and e-learning) systems?  Do you want to build effective educational systems using techniques that support student achievement?  Schools and organizations need your skillset as an insightful Instructional Design Technologist! Instructional Design and Technology aligns with the principles and standards. Salaries and annual job growth for instructional designers is forecasted to increase for this emerging field by 28% over the next decade. CNN Money lists Instructional Designer in the top 38th best jobs in America.  Inside Higher ED calls Instructional Design one of the best jobs in Higher Education!

 Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology Concentration, Ed.D.

Preparing professional educators for leadership, development, and performance improvement in organizations

Career Opportunities:

  • Higher Education Instructional Designer
  • K-12 Instructional Design and Technology  
  • Corporate Instructional Designer
  • Private School Principal
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Higher Education Researcher
  • Community Schools Consultant
  • Trainer of Teachers, Administrator
  • Educational Systems Consultant

ISU Catalog, Ed.D. Ed Leadership-Instr Design

Program and Admission Requirements

 The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is the highest university degree awarded in recognition of academic preparation for professional practice in Educational Leadership. While research is an important component of the Doctor of Education program, candidates are also provided with courses and experiences to prepare them to function more effectively as instructional designers and technologists.

The Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology is designed to strengthen the candidate's knowledge, skills, and dispositions in Core Standards for Advanced Professionals and Idaho State University Department of Educational Leadership Standards for Educational Leaders. Throughout the program, students learn to combine cutting-edge technologies with contemporary learning theories to improve individual and institutional performance. All coursework involves creating real-world instructional projects and products that students can customize to the educational setting and subject matter of their choice. This approach ensures that the knowledge, skills, and products developed in the program are readily transferable to each student's desired work setting. 

 The admissions requirements and procedures are detailed in the Idaho State University (ISU) Graduate Catalog

Candidates are required to adhere to policies and procedures outlined in the ISU Graduate Catalog.


Minimum requirements for admission are the following:

  • Meet ISU Graduate School admission requirements
  • Master's degree in related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum of 3.5 GPA at the graduate level
  • Letter of interest, stating why the applicant is interested in the Ed.D. with a concentration in Instructional Design and Technology Administration
  • Current resume with the names and contact information of two persons that can attest to the applicants potential as an educational leader
  • Successful completion of an interview with faculty in the Instructional Design and Technology concentration
  • Successful performance on an on-site writing sample completed in conjunction with the interview

 The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with the concentration in Instructional Design and Technology requires a minimum of 64 credits:

  • 18 credits in the doctoral core
  • 27 credits in the area of concentration, including a minimum of 3 practicum credits
  • 09 credits of cognate courses (500 level or above)
  • 10 dissertation credits

Program Delivery

The Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Technology is available completely online using existing and emerging technologies.


Doctoral Core Courses (18 credits)

EDLP 7700 Change Strategies 3 credits

EDLP 7703 Leadership & Organizational Development 3 credits

EDLP 7705 Advanced Research Design – Qualitative 3 credits

EDLP 7706 Advanced Research Design – Quantitative 3 credits

EDLP 7721 Or 7722 Intermediate or Advanced Educational Statistics 3 credits

EDLP 8800 Doctoral Seminar 1 credit

EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar 1 credit

EDLP 8840 Doctoral Comprehensive Exams 1 credit

Instructional Design and Technology Concentration Courses (27 credits)

EDLT 7737 Practicum 6 credits

Twenty-one (21) credits from the following list:

EDLT 6621 Issues & Trends in Instructional Technology 3 credits

EDLT 6626 Instructional Technology & Staff Development 3 credits

EDLT 6639 Delivery of Instruction in Electronic Formats 3 credits

EDLT 6655 Fundamentals of Instructional Design 3 credits

EDLT 6656 Fundamentals of Multimedia Development in Education 3 credits

EDLT 7740 Instructional Design Systems (Design I) 3 credits

EDLT 7742 Multimedia Authoring I 3 credits

EDLT 7743 Multimedia Authoring II 3 credits

EDLT 7744 Instructional Systems Design II 3 credits

EDLT 7745 Instructional Design for Distance Learning 3 credits

EDLT 7749 Instructional Design Seminar 3 credits

EDLT 7780 Special Topics in Instructional Design 3 credits

No more than nine (9) credits in the concentration area may be transferred from an Instructional Design or Instructional Technology master’s degree of from another institution.

Cognate Courses (9 credits)

Cognate (minimum 9 graduate-level credit (5500 or above); may include courses taken as part of a previous graduate degree; the cognate and the courses that are to comprise the cognate are to be determined prior to cognate study enrollment in consultation with the student’s advisor and confirmed by concentration area faculty).

Dissertation (minimum of 10 credits)

EDLP 8850 Dissertation 10 credits


Procedures for comps are explained in the EDLP 8801 Capstone Seminar.


Once candidates begin the Ed.D. program, they are required to maintain continuous enrollment, including during summers, throughout the program.

For additional information, contact the Department of School Psychology and Educational Leadership at:  or call 208-282-2976.