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Doctoral Degrees

The College of Education at Boise State University has two options to earn a doctor of education (Ed.D.) related to the study of educational technology.

1) Ed.D. in Educational Technology

2) Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis in educational technology

This table shows some of the differences between the exising Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction offered through Boise State University’s College of Education, and the newly established Ed.D. in Educational Technology.

Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Ed.D. in Educational Technology
Delivery Blended (most core and research courses must be taken on campus) Online; no on-campus requirements
Cognate Areas Multiple; Ed.Tech. is among them (9 hours) Areas of specialization within educational technology (9 hours)
Tuition cost for 6 credit hours (projected, Fall 2012) Resident: $1,800; Non-resident: $2,316 $2,856.00 (flat rate for resident and non-resident)
Master’s degree Required, minimum GPA 3.0 Required, minimum GPA 3.0
Credit Hours, post-master’s 66Degree Completion 66Degree Completion
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Required; see admissions information for minimum or preferred scores Required; see admissions information for minimum or preferred scores
Program Expectations Expected to complete 23 hours within 15 months of start Must enroll in 6 credit hours per fall/spring semester for first two years

Ed.D. vs. Ph.D.
Both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. are recognized as research degrees by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. However, we recognize an important distinction between the two degrees in terms of focus. Following the line of reasoning about education doctorates created by the Carnegie Foundation (Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate), the focus of the Ed.D. in Educational Technology is to prepare candidates for professional practice and applied research. In contrast, a Ph.D. degree’s primary focus is to prepare researchers.

The comparison often made is between the person who has a research degree in a medical field versus a person who obtains a medical or osteopathic degree. Whereas the former is critical to the practice of medicine, the researcher is not him or herself engaged in its application in a clinical setting. The latter, a physician who is a specialist or generalist, is analogous to the professional graduating from an Ed.D. program, where the emphasis is on practice and application of educational research. In both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs an understanding of how to do research and theoretical connections is crucial, but the education doctorate as we envision it creates a community of learners who attend to the realities of technology as found in a variety of educational settings.