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EdD 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, Education Building, Room E-312
(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.

    To learn more about cost, length of program, transfer hours, the GRE, etc., please go to the “FAQ” tab above.

    Students enrolled in the EdD 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

    More information about the program can be found in the EdD /EdTech Program Handbook.

    For more information about the Graduate College at Boise State, please review the most current catalog.

  • High 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 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.”

    NWCCU Website

    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:

    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). 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).

  • Apply

    The Department of Educational Technology’s entirely online doctoral (Ed.D.) program admits a new cohort once per year.  Admissions to a yearly cohort closes in early spring of the same year that it begins. Any applications received after the due date will not be considered.

    Details about the application process can be found here:

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

  • Financial Support

    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

    Boise State University Financial Aid (general)

    Graduate Assistantships

  • Degree Requirements

    EdD EdTech Degree Requirements

    Dissertation Requirement

    Course Descriptions

  • FAQ

    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. Our current tuition rates are found here:

    When can I start?
    – We start new cohorts in early May each year. Applications for the new cohort year are accepted from June 1st to February 2nd.

    Can I transfer in courses from my other graduate work?
    -Yes. The list below shows the elements of the transfer policy.

    1. 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.
    2. No student can transfer more than 22 total credit hours (from outside Boise State) to the EdTech (university policy) program.
    3. No undergraduate course (even upper level) will be accepted as transfer credits for the doctoral program.
    4. Any course transferred must have a grade of B or better.
    5. Any course transferred cannot represent effort for a graduate culminating activity or for experiential learning (ex., portfolio or thesis).
    6. Credits earned for post-graduate work, but which are not graduate courses (ex., professional development workshops) cannot be used for transfer credit.
    7. Any course transferred must have been taken at an accredited institution.
    8. Graduate credits earned either as part of a completed master’s or specialist degree, or taken as part of a graduate degree that was not completed, are ELIGIBLE for transfer. Up to 22 hours from a master’s degree can be applied (earned at BSU or outside BSU), and up to 30 hours from a Boise State University Education Specialist in Educational Technology degree can be applied. Courses ineligible would be those restricted by other elements of the transfer course policy.
    9. A course eligible for transfer should have been completed within 5 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.
    10. Previously completed credit hours can only be applied to: Research courses, Cognate courses *, & Elective courses (see “Degree Requirements”). Courses completed as part of the Ed.S. core can also be used.

    * 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 ( 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 students who enrolled part-time can potentially complete the program in 3.5 years (this is not a guarantee and it depends on courses a student must take and her or his choice of dissertation study).

    How do I apply?
    – After reading the EdD /EdTech Application Guidebook (see the “Apply” tab), please go to Applications are accepted starting from early November until February 14.

    What is required for the application? Do I have to take the GRE?
    – The application includes:
    1) An application to the Graduate College,
    2) a cover letter, resume, and writing sample,
    3) contact information for three people who can provide a recommendation,
    4) Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, and
    5) Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that are not more than five years old.

    Applicants must complete all three sections of the main GRE (except if TOEFL replaces it). To be competitive, scores should be in the 30th percentile or above. Please do not request a GRE waiver; it will not be granted.

    See the “Apply” tab above for more information.

    How likely am I to be accepted?
    – Admission to the program is competitive. Highly qualified applicants generally have a 1 in 3 chance of being offered a seat in a given cohort year. 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

    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.
    What else can you tell me about the program?
    More information about the program can be found in the EdD /EdTech Program Handbook.