People who pursue a doctoral degree in educational technology are highly motivated by two things: a passion for applying research to the practice of teaching and learning, and a driving desire to lead and innovate in this ever changing field.
Dr. Ross Perkins, Doctoral Program Coordinator
Department of Educational Technology, College of Education, Education Building, Room E-312
(208) 426-4875 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Students enrolled in the Ed.D. in Educational Technology are required to enroll in at least six credit hours during each of the first four semesters. In so doing, a student will have completed 24 credit hours within two years. A student’s research interest will be developed from the start of the program, but concentration on the literature review and research proposal development tends to gain momentum around the same time as the required comprehensive exam (this happens after course work has been completed). Only select cognate and elective courses can be completed during the summer session, no online core or research courses are offered during the summer.
Students are encouraged to count previous graduate-level courses toward their cognate or elective credit requirements. Any transfer credits must have been taken within seven calendar years of the time of admission to the program, as well as meet other Graduate College requirements (see pp. 30-31 of the catalog linked below). Before transferring courses, or taking courses at other institutions to substitute for required courses, students are strongly encouraged have a conversation with their advisor.
Assuming the minimum 6 credit hour per semester load, a student could complete course work within two years provided s/he also had an appropriate number of qualifying transfer credit hours. Completing the dissertation proposal, data collection, and finalizing the dissertation could conceivably be completed with an additional year of work. Students have a total of seven years to complete the degree.
For more information about the Graduate College at Boise State, please review the most current catalog.
NOTE: The BSU Graduate College catalog does not yet have information about the Ed.D. in EdTech program, as it was printed in summer 2011, before the Ed.D. was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education. Information about the program will appear in the 2012-2013 catalog, but will be published here, first, as policies and procedures are approved.
Regional Institutional Accreditation: Boise State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Regional accreditation of the university has been continuous since initial accreditation was conferred in 1941. Boise State University is currently accredited at all degree levels (A, B, M, D). Regional accreditation was reaffirmed by NWCCU in 2010.
The scope of recognition of NWCCU includes, "the accreditation and preaccreditation ("Candidacy status") of postsecondary educational institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and the accreditation of such programs offered via distance education within these institutions."
A common question has to do with the meaning of "regional accreditation." Some might wonder, "BSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), but since I do not live in the Northwest. Is my degree still valid in other places?"
The answer is resoundingly YES! Accreditation for ALL universities in the United States is handled by regional commissions; there is no national accreditation. For example, the accreditation body for Stanford University is the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the State University of New York (SUNY) system is accredited by the Middle States of Commission on Higher Education, and institutions in the University of North Carolina system, for example UNC-Chapel Hill, are accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. A degree earned at a college or university that is accredited by a regional commission is valid anywhere in the U.S. or the world.
From the U.S. Dept. of Education database, please see: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Index.aspx
Specialized Accreditation: Boise State University’s College of Education undergoes a rigorous review by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) every seven years; it was reaccredited in Spring 2010. NCATE requires extensive collection of data according to quality measures and rubrics to ensure that undergraduate and graduate students are meeting standards within their chosen field of study. In Educational Technology, the program adheres to standards established by two highly respected bodies: the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The university is currently examining the “Quality Matters” rubric, which provides formative evaluation for online courses.
Program Review: Internal program evaluations will take place every five years as part of the normal departmental review process conducted by the Office of the Provost. This process requires a detailed self-study (including outcome assessments) and a comprehensive review and site visit by external evaluators.
Graduate College: The program will adhere to all policies and procedures of the Graduate College, which is assigned broad institutional oversight of all graduate degree and certificate programs.
Department Processes: The Department of Educational Technology conducts student surveys for every course, in every semester, to ensure the ongoing quality of their courses and instructors. Furthermore, the departmental leadership is working with state and national bodies (such as the International Council for Online Learning (iNACOL)) toward the establishment of state standards and an endorsement for K-12 online educators. Finally, various technical courses use certification standards established by industry (e.g., Cisco, Microsoft).
Thank you for your interest in the Ed.D. in Educational Technology program at Boise State University. The next cohort will begin Fall 2014. Applications for the next cohort will begin in early October. The university’s Graduate College must receive all materials no later than March 1st.
Spring 2013 note: The Graduate College at Boise State University will be implementing a new online application system, which will be ready for the 2013-2014 academic year. As such, some application processes will have changed from prior years, including those specific to the Department of Educational Technology. Please be sure to check back on this page in early September 2013 to look for more information.
One item that applicants can take care of well before the March 1st deadline is the Graduate Record Exam, which is required of all applicants (no exceptions are made). Only the general exam, which includes Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic sections, is required. The date of the score must be within five years of the application date.
Financial SupportThe current cost, per 3 credit hour course, is $1,428. This represents one of the best values for online graduate programs in the country. It is common for costs to increase on a regular basis, but generally not by more than 10%. All such increases must be approved by the University and the Idaho State Board of Education
The cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Because the Department of Educational Technology is a self-support program, employees of the university do not receive a tuition break.
A very limited number of Graduate Assistantship positions will be available; these will be very competitive.
Departmental Financial Support
The Department of Educational Technology offers a limited number of full-time and part-time graduate assistantships each academic year, lasting from August to May. We hire both local and distance-based GAs, but any applicant MUST BE a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
Students who are employed full-time should not apply for a graduate assistantship. The number of hours per week required for another regular job, plus the GA job (10 to 20 hours per week), plus the time required for course work, make it unrealistic to work at another job.
The GA application deadline for doctoral students must be submitted at the same time as the application to the program. If a student is accepted, and decides at a later date to apply for an assistantship, a different form is required (the student must contact her or his advisor).
EDTECH graduate assistantships provide an excellent opportunity to:
* gain practical experience on real world projects or online co-teaching with a faculty member
* collaborate with faculty on research projects
* immerse yourself in the scholarship of educational technology
* include your work experience with the department on your resume.
Full-time or Part-time?
Full time GAs work for the EdTech Department 20 hours per week, take 9 credits (3 classes), receive a full-tuition waiver for three classes each semester, and a $10,000 stipend paid out over two semesters.
Part-time GAs work for the department 10 hours per week, take 6 credits (2 classes), and receive a tuition waiver, and a $5,000 stipend paid out over two semesters.
The only application accepted for new students will be the one they complete within the initial application to the program. Please do not apply through any other mechanism unless you have already been accepted into the doctoral program.
Do I have to come to Boise to take any classes?
- We’d love to have you – it’s a great city! However, the program is entirely online, and there are no on-campus requirements, even in the summer.
How much does it cost?
– We provide exceptional value for our masters degree program, and this will continue for the doctorate. The current cost, per 3 credit hour course, is $1,428.00 (same for in-state and out-of-state students).
When can I start?
- The first cohort of students will start courses in fall 2012.
Can I transfer in courses from my other graduate work?
– Yes, but they must be approved, and all must meet requirements of the Graduate College and departmental policy.
The following policy governs courses taken outside the doctoral program that a person may wish to transfer as credit once s/he has been accepted as a student.
First, please be aware that previously completed credit hours can only be applied to: Research courses, Cognate courses *, & Elective courses (see “Degree Requirements”).
- Any course that a student wishes to use as a transfer credit must be consistent with the program of study planned by the student and her or his advisor and supervisory committee. The Dean of the Graduate College is the final arbiter of whether the credits are accepted or not.
- No student can transfer more than 22 total credit hours to the Ed.D. program in EdTech (university policy).
- No undergraduate course (even upper level) will be accepted as transfer credits for the doctoral program.
- Any course transferred must have a grade of B or better.
- Any course transferred cannot represent effort for a graduate culminating activity or for experiential learning (ex., portfolio or thesis).
- Credits earned for post-graduate work, but which are not graduate courses (ex., professional development workshops) cannot be used for transfer credit.
- Any course transferred must have been taken at an accredited institution.
- Graduate credits earned either as part of a master’s degree, or taken as part of a graduate degree that was not completed, are eligible for transfer. Courses ineligible would be those restricted by other elements of the transfer course policy.
- A course eligible for transfer should have been completed within 7 years of a student’s proposed graduation date from the doctoral program. Academic adjustments can be made depending on the course and a student’s subsequent experience, but this is the purview of the Graduate College, as advised by the student’s academic committee.
* Courses that are transferred for the cognate will require the student to provide an explanation how the course(s) create an area of specialization.
Questions about the transfer course policy should be directed to the program director, Dr. Ross Perkins (email@example.com).
How long does it take to complete?
– This will vary from student to student, but it is expected that students will complete the program in four years.
How likely am I to be accepted?
– Admission to the program is very competitive given that we receive a large number of applicants. The number of seats we have available in any given year depends on the availability of faculty to advise students and the number of students who are actively enrolled.
Can I get a graduate assistantship while in the program?
– A very limited number of assistantships will be available, and the selection for them very competitive. For more information, please see http://edtech.boisestate.edu/web/grad_assist.htm
Am I expected to stay within a cohort?
– Incoming classes start at the same time (in the fall), and all new students will take at least the first course together (EDTECH 601), but students do not have to take certain courses at certain times. There is an expectation that students will enroll in 6 credit hours per semester. Even though students can choose classes as they need them, not all classes will be available each semester – so students must pay particular attention to the "Program Development Form" that they will create with their advisor once they enroll.
Do I have to have a master’s degree in EdTech or background as a teacher?
– Though some preference will be given to those with a background in educational technology or in teaching, it is not a requirement for admittance.