Educational and Instructional Technology
The EDIT master's and doctoral programs are unique among instructional technology programs across the country because of their comprehensiveness (few IT programs incorporate needs assessment & evaluation methods throughout each phase of the curricula) and their three-pronged focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and creativity.
The Instructional Technology program was founded to prepare instructional technology professionals:
- with the knowledge and skills in design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of materials, processes, and resources to enhance learning in educational and business settings and
- who are committed to respecting diversity among people, and who ascribe to the highest of ethical standards and practice in the field of instructional technology.
The program includes a solid foundation in research, curriculum, and teaching skills with an emphasis in instructional design, and educational technology.
It is expected that all students graduating from the Instructional Technology program at Texas Tech will become critical users of new instructional technologies through a process of reflective analysis. This process includes, but is not restricted to, such practices as:
- guided research
- annotated bibliographies of the research literature,
- guided group discussion,
- term projects,
- class presentations, and
- the implementation of innovative software design or technologies.
Reflective analysis provides graduate students the opportunity to critically engage the current knowledge base in an atmosphere of collegiality and support. Additionally, the student will play a major role in the implementation of traditional and innovative technologies by conducting appropriate analysis within a wide range of professional responsibilities.
Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies
The overall goals and objectives of the Educational Instructional Technology program at Texas Tech University embrace the 2008 definition of instructional technology endorsed by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).
Educational technology is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources .
Previous definitions and terminology were heavily rooted in the media of the times. The exponential growth of technology over the last 20 years, as well as the shift in the field to a stronger focus on learning strategies and theories is reflected in the 2008 definition. The goals for students in EDIT revolve around the following six broad areas of Instructional Technology.
- Theories and models of instructional design;
- Development of instructional materials through a variety of technologies based on theories and models of instructional design;
- Utilization of processes and resources to promote learning;
- Management of technologies, resources and development for instructional purposes;
- Evaluation of programs, projects, and materials; and
- Critical analysis of research, trends and issues related to the field of instructional technology.
While defined as six separate goals, these categories do not exist in isolation. A student taking a course with a heavy focus on any one goal would be exploring and utilizing knowledge and skills related to the other five categories.
Masters (M.Ed.) in Educational and Instructional Technology
- The Master's Degree in Instructional Technology is offered completely online.
- Master's Program Handbook
Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational and Instructional Technology
- The Doctoral Degree in Instructional Technology is a offered on the TTU main campus with some courses offered online.
- Doctoral Program Handbook
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with Instructional Technology Specialization
- The Doctoral Degree (on campus) in conjunction with Educational Psychology
- Ph.D Handbook (coming soon)
Graduate Certificate of E-Learning and Online Teaching
- Five online courses focusing on effective teaching in an online environment
- Graduate Certificate Handbook (coming soon)
Career Opportunities with this degree
The EDIT graduate programs prepare instructional technology professionals for leadership roles in public school and college level education, for training positions in business and industry, and for leadership roles in distance education.
College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.
Required Supplemental Application Materials
M.Ed.: Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.
Ed.D.: Resume, Applicant Statement, Writing Sample, 3 Professional Recommendations, GRE Scores. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.
Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.
The Ed.D. program requires official GRE scores. Scores must no more than 5 years old at the time of application. Official GRE scores must be sent from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Texas Tech Graduate School. To register for the examination please visit the GRE Testing website. Texas Tech University's code is 6827.
Semester in which the programs can be started
Continuous enrollment, students may begin coursework during any semester.
Estimated Hours to Completion
The master's degree consists of 39 hours of coursework.
The Ed.D. consists of 93 hours of coursework.
Allowable Transfer Hours
Master's - up to 6 hours, at the discretion of the advisor
Doctorate - up to 30 hours, at the discretion of the advisor
Scholarships and assistantships for doctoral students are available through the office of graduate education and research in the College of Education.
Tuition & Fees
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