Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Educational Technology

This document contains the program description for the educational technology specialization in the University of Delaware's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. Applications for the next round of admissions to the program are due by February 28.  In order to receive an application packet, contact Ms. Louise Stevens, Willard Hall Education Building Room 113, telephone (302) 831-1165, or send e-mail to Note: All persons applying to the program after February 28, 2006 must follow the guidelines for the new Curriculum, Technology, and Higher Education program, which has superceded the former C&I doctoral program.

The doctoral program in Educational Technology is an interdisciplinary program stressing the relationship between curriculum design, instructional theory, and information technology. The program is based on the assumption that new media and the Internet can have a positive effect on teaching and learning. The program provides an opportunity for the doctoral candidate to consider the impact of technology on the future of schooling and to provide systemic leadership in using technology effectively.

I. Prerequisites (in addition to admission requirements)

II. Program Requirements

A. Core Courses (24 credits). Candidates will complete the core courses required in the Ed.D. in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. As described in the policy guidelines , there are electives and options in the core requirements. Candidates should confer with their doctoral advisor to select courses that complement the educational technology specialization.

B. Specialization (18 credits). All candidates must complete at least four of the courses listed below, for a total of 12 credits. The remainder of the specialization will be determined in conference between the candidate and the doctoral adviser. For example, the remaining six credits may be used to take other scheduled courses (approved by the student's adviser), to engage in research in collaboration with a faculty member, and to take independent reading courses focused on the student's research topic. Note: EDUC 885 is a rotating topics course that may be taken multiple times in different topic areas.

EDUC 885: Ed Tech Topics in Education

C. Executive Position Paper (12 credits). Candidates will fulfill the Executive Position Paper (EPP) requirement as described in the policy guidelines. When you get to this stage in the program, you should study the document Beyond the Coursework, which lists the steps you go through to complete the doctorate.

III. Advisors

D. Archbald, A. Cavalier, R. Ferretti, F. Hofstetter, C. MacArthur, C. Mouza, E. Matusov, J. Whitson.

IV. Supporting Faculty

B. Anderson, N. Brickhouse, M. Halio, J. Courtright, G. Mulford, P. Sine, P. Toccafondi.

V. Course Scheduling

 The latest course scheduling advisory will help you decide what courses to enroll in.

VI. Grad School Policies and Procedures

All ed tech graduate students must comply with the policies and procedures of the Graduate School.  These policies and procedures are documented in the online graduate catalog, which is keyword searchable.  Whenever you have a question about a specific policy, such as incompletes or sustaining status, simply go to the online catalog and click the Search button, and use the search engine to find what you're looking for.
GRE Scores Not Required.  Please note that the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is not required for entrance into this Ed.D. program.

Your contact for this program is Dr. Fred T. Hofstetter, Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Delaware. Send questions or comments to

This Web page was last modified on February 25, 2007. 
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