The Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology program at Kent State offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology, with a Concentration in Instructional Technology. This program combines rigorous training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, a strong background in a variety of different learning theories, and the instructional application of the latest forms of information and communication technologies. It encourages its students to explore the wide variety of ways in which technology can facilitate learning and to articulate their findings so that practitioners can appreciate and apply the latest developments in the field. If you are interested in reading about the entire process associated with obtaining a doctoral degree, you can download the college's PhD Handbook.
Criteria for admissions can be found on the Admissions page of this Website. Note that it is important to indicate that you want the Concentration for Instructional Technology when you apply for the Educational Psychology degree program, so it is clear that you intend to focus on this area (rather than mainly on Educational Psychology).
A minimum of 45 credit hours of coursework beyond the masters is required for the doctoral degree in Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology. This does not include the dissertation (an additional 30 hours). Note that some students' committee members may require more course credit hours than 45 for the degree. The specific coursework to be taken is established by completion of the student's official Program of Study (see section below, for more details).
For the Instructional Technology Concentration, the course requirements include:
Required Basic Research Courses (9 hrs.)
Required Advanced Research Courses (6 hrs.)
Required Educational Foundations Courses (3 hrs.)
Required EdPsych/ITEC Core (6 to 12 hrs.)
If not taken during Masters work:
ITEC Concentration Electives (hours added to total 45 for all coursework)
If specific courses were taken at the Masters level, then the committee should substitute others to bring the total course hours up to a minimum of 45. The Advisory Phase Committee can require more coursework beyond the 45 hours.
After a semester or two in the program, students need to form an committee and complete a Program of Study, which will indicate which courses the student intends to take. Accompanying the Program of Study should be a Doctoral Advisory Phase form, signed by all members of the committee and submitted to the graduate school. The advisory phase committee is comprised of two faculty from within the EPSY/ITEC program area. In planning the program of study, students should first review the Course Descriptions section of this Website. Clicking on course titles will download the syllabus, so students can see what each course covers. When a list of courses has been developed, students should then check the Schedule of Courses section of the Website and develop an overall plan for taking their courses, semester by semester. Students should also check the schedules for Educational Psychology and Evaluation and Measurement courses, so they can include them in their overall plan. Note that most EVAL courses are offered both online and face-to-face on different semesters, so plan accordingly.
At the completion of the student's coursework, he or she writes a comprehensive examination covering topics that the student has specialized in within educational psychology and instructional technology. The topics and format of the examination are worked out in consultation with the student's advisor and committee.
The options for the comprehensive exam include:
After students pass the comprehensive examination,they must complete a dissertation. Students select three faculty members for a dissertation committee, which may or may not include members of the previous advisory committee. In addition to having two faculty from the EPSY/ITEC program, this committee must include a faculty member from outside the program area. The Dissertation Committee form must be signed by its members and submitted to the graduate school. This committee will guide the student through the dissertation process and ultimately decide when the study is an acceptable piece of completed research. The student must successfully defend the dissertation manuscript at an official defense meeting, after which the degree is awarded.
Graduate students receiving appointments work closely with program area faculty in the design and delivery of instruction, the planning and implementation of research, and the preparation of reports and technical assistance to cooperating educational institutions and human services agencies. Click here to download a GA application and mail it to Deanna Burritt at KSU, WH 405, Kent, OH 44242 (or attach it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).