Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology
The Education Doctorate Degree in Instructional Technology degree is a cohort, 100% online degree program. There are two tracks available for educators:
Certification Track (Technology Coach) - This track is designed for you if you are
an educator who is not currently certified in Instructional Technology.
- In Georgia: The Certification Track leads to the new S-7 certification (service field) in Instructional Technology and increases a Georgia T-6 certification to a T-7. To qualify for a certificate upgrade and salary increase (based upon your employing school system), you must pass the GACE assessment in Instructional Technology and add the new field to your certificate.
- Other Educators: You can also choose this track if your career does not require Georgia certification
(e.g., educators in independent, charter, or IE2 school districts; and educators outside
of Georgia but you who want to earn an advanced degree in Instructional Technology
based on the PSC Instructional Technology Standards and the ISTE standards for Technology
- The Online Doctorate degree in Instructional Technology will prepare you to effectively
integrate technology into your teaching practice and assist other educators in utilizing
technology to improve the teaching and learning process. The program also prepares
you to model best practices in the use of instructional technologies and to provide
high-quality professional learning experiences for others. When you graduate, you
will be prepared to leverage technology for learning in the classroom and serve in
the role of a Technology Coach for a school or district.
Advanced Track – This track is for you if you already hold or aspire to hold a technology leadership position at the school, district, or state level.
- In Georgia: The Advanced Track is designed for you if you already possess the initial Georgia certification in Instructional Technology and only need to improve your certificate level from an S-6 to an S-7 and your teaching certificate from a T-6 to a T-7 (if applicable).
- Other Educators: You can also choose this track if your career does not require Georgia certification (e.g., educators in independent, charter, or IE2 school districts; and educators outside of Georgia), but want to earn an advanced degree in Instructional Technology based on the ISTE Technology Director Standards and the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills for K-12 CTOs.
- The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology is entirely online and designed for you if you
currently hold or aspire to hold a technology leadership position at the school, district,
or state level. The Education Doctorate degree in Information Technology will deepen
and broaden your educational technology leadership knowledge and skills.
- Today's educational technology leaders are known by many different titles, such as
Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Chief Information Officer
(CIO). No matter the title, educational technology leaders have dual leadership roles--both
instructional and technical--and according to CoSN, these roles encompass a broad
range of skills, including:
- creating a vision for the role of technology
- implementing strategic planning and policy development
- having an understanding of teaching and learning, assessment, and professional development
- managing technology and support resources; and
- possessing the political and interpersonal skills to work with all stakeholders effectively.
- The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology will prepare you for these roles and challenge
you to grow as an educational technology leader!
- An earned master’s degree in education or a closely related field.
- A professional teaching certificate OR a departmentally approved equivalent (for non-Georgia or non-certified individuals). The School of Instructional Technology and Innovation recognizes and appreciates that many charter, independent schools, IE2, and 21st century learning environments do not require educators to hold traditional state teaching certification. In such instances, the Department will make a case-by-case determination as to whether the educator’s qualifications are sufficiently equivalent to a traditional teaching certificate and/or whether the educator has the background necessary to ensure successful completion of the program.
- At least three years of professional teaching or administrative experience (or a combination thereof), or a related role serving B-12 education (To facilitate candidates’ field experiences, current full-time employment as a professional educator is preferred.).
- A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score and Graduate GPA. The GPA and GRE will be utilized with other admission criteria to determine program eligibility. Although no minimum scores are required, candidates are encouraged to prepare and score well since admission to the program is competitive. Please note: The Analytical/Writing score one receives as part of the GRE exam is used competitively in the admission review process. GRE scores must be from within the last five years. It is strongly encouraged for applicants to do well on this portion of the exam.
If seeking GaPSC certification, applicants must obtain and submit a Mentor form indicating
support from a qualified mentor who meets the GaPSC Mentor Requirements. Mentor requirements
can be found on the ITEC Mentor form on the Graduate Admissions website for this program.
A professional resume documenting statement of purpose for wanting the degree, education,
teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership
activities. Your resume MUST reflect, at least, three years of teaching and/or administrative
Write a 1-3 single-spaced page(s) professional reflections statement which addresses
the following questions: Why are you interested in the field of instructional technology?
Why are you interested in pursuing a doctoral degree? What are your career plans after
completing your Ed.D. degree? What areas of research are you interested in exploring
and/or conducting? Which faculty members would you be most interested in working with
in regard to your research and/or career goals?