Towson University’s Doctoral of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology provides
you with the skills you need to bring innovative technologies into the curriculum
and workplace. You’ll learn dynamic ways to increase learning and productivity.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology at Towson University began
offering courses in the Fall of 2001. This program is one of the four doctoral programs
at Towson University. The Instructional Technology Doctoral Program is housed within
the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Maryland State
Department of Education (MSDE) accredited College of Education in the Department of
Educational Technology and Literacy (EDTL). Our program is intended for students who
seek advanced degrees in order to strengthen their skills and knowledge base in technology
and digital learning. Graduates serve as leaders in higher education, business and
PreK-12 public schools, as well as in online learning and professional development.
The program focuses on the development of pedagogical expertise and understanding
about how to integrate digital learning tools to meet the present and future needs
of instruction across the educational spectrum.
This doctoral degree offers:
knowledge and skills in the theory, foundation and philosophy to employ instructional
technology in a wide range of educational practice
advanced skills and abilities for teachers and developers who are innovative change
agents for integrating technology into education and human resource development organizations
advanced skills in leadership, research, assessment and evaluation strategies in the
applications of technology in education and training environments
experience in employing technology effectively in a variety of instructional environments
to promote reform and enhance learning
knowledge, skills and abilities for teaching and leading via online and digital environments
to create and ensure high-quality and effective learning communities
leadership skills to help educational organizations make effective decisions about
the appropriate uses of technology in learning and teaching
accessible faculty recognized for their research that combines education and instructional
technology in dynamic and essential ways
Accommodates working professionals and full-time students with a variety of later
afternoon, evening and online classes
On-campus and online course offerings via Blackboard and other digital platforms
State-of-the-art Educational Technology Center, Multimedia Lab and technology-rich
Intimate student-faculty ratio
Strong record of faculty and student research and publication In past seven years, faculty have published 91 articles, two books, 21 book chapters,
presented at 134 national conferences. Students have played an integral part or have
served as leaders in 18 published articles and 7 book chapters; presented 50 papers
at national conferences.
Student success with regard to meeting program goals and rigor Students have been successful over the past seven years in completing coursework and
passing comprehensive exam processes. Students have also been successful in conducting,
writing and defending effective dissertation research that has been well received
in the field; 90% of dissertations have been successfully published in refereed journals.
Student success with regard to acquiring leadership positions in the field. Some of our alumni hold noteworthy positions, such as: Dean of Mathematics, Associate
Professor, Assistant Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Professional
Development, Director of Multimedia, Director of Instructional Technology, Director
of Online Training, Instructional Designer, School Principal and Classroom Teacher.
Community of learners, student attrition and graduation rate We go out of our way to maintain constant communication with our students and our
alumni. This community and feeling of family within the program is essential for student
success and attrition. This is exemplified by the high graduation rate and students’
persistence and pursuit of reaching their professional goal over an extended period
Focus on the pillars of the field The program has been successful in remaining connected to research in the field and
the pillars upon which the field is based. In the 2016 Educational Technology Plan
the United States Department of Education reiterated the most important aspects of
the field of educational technology; Students, Learning, Leadership and Assessment.
These remain as the basis of the design, organization and core curriculum guiding