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Instructional Technology and Distance Education

The Doctor of Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Education is designed to prepare students who desire to lead education and training organizations in improving teaching and learning through the scientifically valid applications of instructional technology. The curriculum provides experiences and instruction in distance education, instructional media, instructional technology, instructional design, and research-based instructional decision making.

The doctoral program in instructional technology and distance education includes practical information, authentic experiences, and useful skills that can be applied to the continually evolving process of systems-based instruction using the technologies of teaching and learning. Each student completes an applied dissertation. The dissertation contributes theory-based and practical knowledge to the field of instructional technology and distance education. The program is designed to be a model of best practices for distance education. The ITDE concentration is unique in its amalgamation of the two fields of instructional technology and distance education.

The concentration in ITDE has at its foundation a domestic approach to the use of instructional technology and development of distance education. Definitions, theories, and research are based on the approach and science of instructional technology and distance education as they are generally practiced.


The following are specific admission requirements for entry into the Doctor of Education programs. Please refer to the admissions application or catalog for specific program admission requirements and information for international students.

  • Completed online application for admission, including ($50) nonrefundable application fee
  • An official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating a conferred master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and official final transcripts from all institutions of higher education (community colleges, bachelor’s programs, post-graduate programs)
  • Professional letters of recommendation from two (2) individuals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in a doctoral program
  • A test score report* from one of the following exams showing that the applicant received
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Raw score of 37 (scaled score 391–396) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)


    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): For tests taken prior to August 1, 2011, a combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative sections; for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 a combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections.

*The test must have been taken within the past five years. Applicants who do not meet the minimum recommended test score are not required to submit additional information or retake the exam to be considered for admission

  • Completed Personal Statement of Goals
  • Completed Transfer of Credits form if applicable


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency by providing proof of a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (OELTS) exam.




Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
DSO 8000 Doctoral Studies Orientation 0


Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
IDT 7000 Research in IDT 3
Elective 3


Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
IDT 7005 Instructional Media 3
IDT 7007 Principles of Distance Education 3
IDT 8001 Instructional Design 3
IDT 8008 Principles of Instructional Technology 3
IDT 8006 Systems Analysis and Design 3

*Denotes required course that will be offered blended and online

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8100* The Nature of Knowing: Epistemology and Inquiry-Based Learning (Required Course) 3
RES 9300* Methods of Inquiry (Required Course) 3
Select two additional research courses:
RES 8912 Statistical Methods 3
RES 8913 Program Evaluation 3
RES 8914 Educational Assessment 3
RES 8915 Survey Research 3
RES 8916 Qualitative Research 3
RES 8919 Single Subject Research 3
RES 8920 Mixed Methods Research 3


The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing four major benchmarks.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
DISR 8966 Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus 3
DISR 8967 Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development 3
DISR 8968 Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal 3
DISR 8969 Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation 3


Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
IDT 7123 Digital Media for Instructional Technology and Distance Education 3
IDT 8012 Managing and Evaluating ITDE 3
IDT 8119 Contemporary Topics in ITDE 3
IDT 8120 Perspectives in ITDE 3
IDT 8121 Advanced Instructional Design 3
IDT 8122 Professional Practice in ITDE 3
IDT 8123 Advanced Applications in ITDE 3
IDT 8124 Theories of Learning 3


The Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with Fischler College classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas, including distance library services, student financial assistance, and program advising. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops enabling students to learn valuable information about the dissertation process, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
FSC 8000 Summer Institute (Residency Requirement)         Students must attend one Summer Institute during the 36 months of study. 


Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
ADS 8091 Applied Dissertation Services 0

*Note: Students must be registered for ADS 8091 to be eligible for continuing services.



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Coursework for the Doctor of Education is offered in a variety of formats—completely online or in a combination of on-site and online (blended). This allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without leaving their jobs or traveling great distances.

  • Online courses allow students to interact in a virtual classroom.
  • Blended programs combine on-site and online instruction. On-site courses are offered periodically over weekends and supplemented with online study.

In addition to coursework, all doctoral students are required to participate in the Summer Institute in Florida.

Faculty members in the Department of Higher Education Leadership & Instructional Technology are dedicated to preparing you for roles as leaders, researchers, and policy makers in local, state, national and global education agencies, organizations, and institutions. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

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The purpose of the Doctoral Studies Orientation (DSO 8000) is to provide an overview critical to beginning the Ed.D. program. This noncredit course is a requirement for all doctoral students at NSU's Fischler College of Education. Students should register for and complete the online DSO modules in the first term along with the first "credit-bearing" course. For additional information, please visit the DSO Web site.

The Summer Institute is a week-long conference designed for doctoral students. During the doctoral program, students are required to attend at least one FCE Summer Institute as part of required coursework.  


  • Completion of the Doctoral Studies Orientation (DSO 8000)
  • Participation in the Summer Institute (FSC 8000)
  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses
  • Successful completion of an applied dissertation
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree and satisfaction of all NSU/FCE financial obligations

Coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) may not meet state department of education requirements for certification and/or licensure. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his or her state department of education for specific requirements and current information regarding teacher certification/licensure.