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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 are 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. All candidates are required to adhere to the 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.

Required Courses

Comprehensive Examinations 

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

Continuous Enrollment 

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

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John Curry, PhD

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Office: Garrison 623

(208) 282-2585