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Instructional Technology and Distance Education

Open New Possibilities in Education and Your Career

Time after time, technology expands what’s possible. At NSU, those possibilities will direct you to a successful career.

Powered by a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education, you can use your tech talents to foster effective learning results in schools, corporations or public sector agencies. Get an edge with a degree that uniquely merges two fields into one comprehensive career program.

Our graduates have become instructional technologists, educational software consultants, and directors of educational technology, training and development, or distance learning. Now is your chance to follow their lead and, just like technology, continue to evolve.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

  • Practicing professionals with backgrounds in teaching or administration, training and professional development, media technology, instructional technology, curriculum development, staff development, or distance education 
    OR
  • Individuals with master’s degrees or above who wish to obtain a doctoral degree and increase their knowledge and skills in instructional technology and distance education
    OR
  • Individuals considering a Ph.D. in instructional technology who would instead like to explore the benefits of an Ed.D. in instructional technology program

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)

OR

    • 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.

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

FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS

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 (IELTS) exam.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE OF STUDY

(55 CREDITS MINIMUM)

 

 

CONCENTRATION AREA REQUIRED COURSES (15 CREDITS)
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 8006 Systems Analysis and Design 3
IDT 8008 Principles of Instructional Technology 3

CONCENTRATION AREA ELECTIVE COURSES (9 CREDITS - CHOOSE 3 COURSES)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
IDT 7123 Digital Media for Instructional Technology and Distance Education 3
IDT 8012 Management and Evaluation of 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

RESEARCH COURSES (15 CREDITS)

Required Courses

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
IDT 7000 Research in ITDE (Required Course) 3

Please select ONE of the following research tracks based on your dissertation (please consult your RES 9300 professor and your dissertation chair prior to registering):

Quantitative Research Track

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8911 Quantitative Research Design 3
RES 8921

Quantitative Data Analysis

3

Qualitative Research Track

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
RES 8916 Qualitative Research Design 3
RES 8926

Qualitative Data Analysis

3

APPLIED DISSERTATION (12 CREDITS)

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

 

ELECTIVE COURSES (3 CREDITS)

Students can fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses.

 

SUMMER INSTITUTE (1 CREDIT)

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)        

1

 

EXTENDED DISSERTATION SERVICES (0 CREDITS)

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 1

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

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAM OF STUDY

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RECOMMENDED 3-YEAR PROGRAM SEQUENCE

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Click on the button below to download the Course Equivalencies/Substitutions for the Instructional Technology and Distance Education Concentration

Course Equivalencies/Substitutions

For advising assistance, please send an email to FCEadvise@nova.edu.

Coursework for the Doctor of Education is available online, which allows international students and those who don't live near our South Florida campus to receive and submit coursework, and interact with classmates and professors, via the Internet. This distance education option allows busy professionals like you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes.

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

The Summer Institute is an intensive conference designed to give doctoral students the tools and support they need to complete their doctoral program. Students must attend one Summer Institute. 

LEARN MORE

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has verified the following course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the current  Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination® (BCBA®).

NSU will be offering the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) 4th Edition Verified Course Sequence (VCS) until the end of the Summer 2021 semester. A new VCS (or concentration), consisting of the BACB’s 5th Edition Task list, will begin in the Fall 2020 semester. This new course sequence has been verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International as meeting BCBA certification exam eligibility requirements on or after January 1, 2022. 

For those students interested in learning and understanding the changes to certification requirements, please visit the BACB website: https://www.bacb.com/. It is strongly recommended that you register with the BACB (at https://gateway.bacb.com/Account/Login.aspx) to receive BACB newsletters. These newsletters contain the latest changes regarding certification standards as well as other pertinent information.

Click here for more information about BCBA examination pass rate. Please note, pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

*Please be advised that students completing the Applied Behavioral Analysis concentration cannot be placed in practicum sites within the states of California, North Carolina and New York due to state licensure regulations.

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