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Ed.D. Educational Technology

Students in the Doctor of Education in Educational Technology (EdD) 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.

For more information:
Dr. Ross Perkins, Doctoral Program Coordinator
Department of Educational Technology
College of Education
(208) 426-4875 ~


Program Overview

The EdD in Educational Technology program at Boise State University can be completed entirely online; there are no on-campus or in-person requirements. All courses and exams/defenses can be completed at a distance, though in some cases synchronous (same time) attendance is required.

More information about our doctoral program can be found in the Advanced Graduate Programs in Educational Technology handbook. For more information about the Graduate College at Boise State, please review the most current catalog.

Program Cost and Financial Aid

The EdD is comprised of 45 credit hours of 600-level classes and and 21 hours of 500-level classes. Each level is charged at a different rate, but there is no extra charge for out-of-state students (see current tuition rates). The program cost represents one of the best values for online graduate programs in the country. Any increase must be approved by the University and the Idaho State Board of Education. Because the Department of Educational Technology is a self-support program, employees of the university do not receive a tuition break.
Boise State University Financial Aid (general)


We admit a new cohort once per year; it starts in early May.  Admissions to the cohort closes in early spring of the same year that it begins. Applications received after the due date are considered if there are still openings within the cohort (typical cohort size is 12 to 15 students total). Details about the application process are in the program handbook.

For questions, please contact: Dr. Ross Perkins, program coordinator, at

Degree Requirements

The EdD program requires a student to complete a total of 66 credit-hours. Up to ½ of the credit hours can be completed before admission to the program (for example, in a master’s degree program). Information about courses required and the transfer course policies can be found in the program handbook. Specifically, see EdD Requirements, Transfer Courses, and Carry-over Courses.

Program Quality

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 has been continually reaffirmed by NWCCU.

A common question has to do with the meaning of “regional accreditation.” Some might wonder, “Boise State University 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:

Specialized Accreditation: Boise State University’s College of Education undergoes a rigorous review by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation every seven years. CAEP announced in fall of 2016 that it was re-accrediting Boise State’s College of Education without reservation, meaning we are not required to update or revise anything. CAEP requires an 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).

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 regular student to ensure the ongoing quality of their courses and instructors. Furthermore, the departmental leadership works 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).