For the past 30 years, the University of North Texas has been at the forefront of the fast-growing field of educational and instructional technology. Technology is changing the way we live, work and play. And it's also changing the way we learn.
Our course work leads to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Learning Technologies, which can be completed in residency or online. We're the first university in Texas to offer an online doctoral degree in Learning Technologies or related area.
The required course work focuses on understanding and expanding the synergy of technology and learning/instructional systems theory. The program also provides:
You'll be prepared for positions at universities and organizations that create, teach about or test innovative applications of instructional and educational technology. Currently, more than 50 percent of doctoral graduates find employment at universities.
Our faculty members are internationally known for advancing knowledge of technology tools and their applications in educational and instructional settings. Their expertise will prepare you as a future educator and technology professional.
The Ph.D. is offered as a residency-based program for those in the North Texas region and an online blended program to those outside the region.
Residency students meet for courses at the state-of-the-art UNT Discovery Park. Students participating in the distance option take online courses throughout the year and attend a yearly face-to-face meeting during the summer. The annual meeting is held before or after the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference.
Admission to the doctoral program is competitive, and you'll be evaluated by department faculty members each semester. You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School and provide the following materials to the program office:
The admissions committee may request an interview. For more details on admissions deadlines and requirements, visit our website. We encourage you to submit all materials well in advance of the deadline because of the processing time.
The Ph.D. degree consists of 69 credit hours, which includes:
Students work closely with faculty members during course work and the dissertation, providing support and encouragement, as needed.
Online students receive additional guidance from associate graduate faculty mentors who are professionals in the field.
Grants from organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency and the Job Training Partnership Program provide financial support to students. For information on these opportunities, contact the department. For information about other financial assistance programs, visit the Financial Aid website.
Demetria Ennis-Cole, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State University. Computer education instruction and administration; systems development; user training.
Greg Jones, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. 3D virtual environments; games and simulations; cyber infrastructures; web authoring; distance delivery of instruction.
Gerald A. Knezek, Regents Professor; Ph.D., University of Hawaii. Technology integration; telecommunications; educational research and measurement.
Lin Lin, Associate Professor; Ed.D., Columbia University. Instructional technology; human-machine interaction; online teaching and learning; teacher professional development.
Cathleen Norris, Regents Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Mobile technologies; computer-based education; human factors; teacher professional development.
J. Michael Spector, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Complex learning; program evaluation; simulation-based learning.
Scott Warren, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Digital learning environments; games and simulations to support literacy and learning; technology-supported research methods.
Department of Learning Technologies