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PhD in Educational Studies, Learning Technologies

Become a leader in learning and technology with a PhD specializing in Learning Technologies. The program is designed prepare future professors, technology directors and research professionals to study and develop cutting-edge learning technologies. Students conduct comprehensive educational technology research that affects multiple learning environments including K-12 classrooms, distance education, higher education, training environments and more.

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"The interdisciplinary arrangement [in EHE] allows students to interact with peers from other programs and bring new perspectives into their own field."
- Sheng-Lun Cheng
PhD student, Learning Technologies


The PhD program in Learning Technologies is an intensive and interdisciplinary research and leadership program focused on the intersections between learning and technology in formal and informal educational environments.

You will be immersed in both the theoretical and practical studies of learning with technology. This can include pedagogical, social, cultural, economic, psychological, historical and political inquiry and critique.

During the program, you will be involved in diverse research projects learning both qualitative and quantitative research methods. These skills are crucial to understanding how learning technologies are designed, developed, implemented and assessed.

You will learn about a variety of theoretical traditions to situate learning within multiple educational, social, and cultural contexts.

You also will conduct research alongside faculty in a number of areas including:

  • Computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Design-based research
  • Digital learning design and development
  • Education, technology, policy and globalization
  • Entrepreneurship in Educational Technology
  • Games and simulations
  • Learning analytics and modeling
  • Learning experience design (instructional design)
  • Learning technologies, digital divides and diverse populations
  • Motivation and engagement in online learning
  • Online, blended, and mobile learning and teaching
  • Social and cultural interactions in online learning
  • Technology and educator preparation
  • Technology for classroom interaction and engagement
  • Technology professional development for K-12
  • Wearables and virtual reality
  • Youth, technology, and non-school environments

Doctoral graduates go on to become researchers and leaders who help to support technology-based learning in schools, online learning environments, corporations, nonprofits and government organizations.

Career Paths

Recent graduates of the program have gone on to careers as:

  • University or college faculty
  • Research associates for non-profit organizations
  • Educational technology directors
  • Educational technology administrators in public and private organizations


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree, current GRE scores, academic writing sample
Minimum Program Hours: 
51, post-master's

Minimum course requirements: 2 department core courses (6 hours), research core (9 hours), specialization courses (30 hours), dissertation (6 hours)
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships/assistantships, scholarships, university fellowships

View the Curriculum Sheet


Ana-Paula Correia, PhD, Professor
Tracey Stuckey, EdD, Senior Lecturer
Rick Voithofer, PhD, Associate Professor
Kui Xie, PhD, Cyphert Distinguished Professor/Program Chair

Affiliated Faculty
Anika Anthony, PhD, Associate Professor
Jan Nespor, PhD, Professor
David Stein, PhD, Associate Professor


Kui Xie
PhD Program Coordinator/Program Chair