Students in the Doctor of Education in Educational Technology (Ed.D.) program explore the use of current and emerging technologies for effective and efficient teaching in a dynamic, global society. Areas of particular focus will include online teaching and learning, technology integration, academic technology leadership, innovative teaching in K-12 and higher education, educational software development for the web and mobile platforms, and educational games and simulations.
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. Advising on specific transfer courses will only be provided to those who have been extended an invitation to join the program.
Assuming the minimum six credit hour per semester load, a student could complete course work within two to three years depending on the number of qualifying transfer credit hours. Completing the dissertation proposal, data collection, and finalizing the dissertation could conceivably be completed with an additional two years 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.
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.
Before you apply, you must read the Ed.D. in Educational Technology Application Guidebook for the Fall 2014 cohort.
Once you’ve read the guidebook, you can start the application by going to the “How to Apply Page” at the Graduate College website: http://graduatecollege.boisestate.edu/howtoapply/
- Review of completed applications will begin February 17, 2014
- Final decisions about acceptance status to the Ed.D. program will be sent no later than April 30, 2014
If you have questions about the application materials or anything found in the Application Guidebook, please contact Dr. Perkins.
FOR THOSE APPLYING ON/AFTER NOV. 16, 2013
If you have a question about the progress of your application, then you can log-in and see when the Graduate College has processed various required pieces.
FOR THOSE APPLIED BEFORE NOV. 16, 2013
Our understanding is that your application will be entered into the new application system by Graduate College staff, though this will happen over a period of weeks. It is quite likely that even if the Graduate College has your transcripts and GRE scores, the application is incomplete as we will need other information as described in the Application Guidebook [link this]. Please contact Dr. Perkins [link my name to email@example.com] if you applied before Nov. 16, so that he is aware of what you might still need to submit to complete your application. If you are trying to see if the Graduate College has received transcripts and scores, you will need to contact the college directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The 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.
An application to become a graduate assistant will be made available on this page by January 31, 2014.
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?
- We start new cohorts in the fall semester only. It is not possible to start the doctoral program in a spring semester.
Can I transfer in courses from my other graduate work?
-Yes. The list below shows the elements of the transfer policy.
- 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.
- Previously completed credit hours can only be applied to: Research courses, Cognate courses *, & Elective courses (see “Degree Requirements”).
* 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 coordinator, Dr. Ross Perkins (email@example.com). Please be aware that advising on specific course transfer requests only happens after a student has been extended an invitation to join the program.
How long does it take to complete?
- This will vary from student to student, but it is expected that students who enrolled part-time will complete the program in four to five years.
How do I apply?
- After reading the EdD/EdTech Application Guidebook (see the “Apply” tab), please go to https://secureforms.
boisestate.edu/gradcoll/. Applications are accepted starting from early November until February 14.
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/current-students/scholarships/
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.