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Instructional Design and Technology

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administrative contact

Dana Musick
phone: 304-293-3879
fax: 304-293-9424

program contact

Terence Ahem
Learning Services and Human Development
phone: 304-293-3804
fax: 304-293-9424

Program Details

Program Description

Major features of the instructional design and technology (IDT) doctoral program include course preparation in educational psychology and research methods. Three areas of competencies are featured: interconnectivity, instructional design, and software and multimedia design and deployment. IDT knowledge and skills are developed within courses, practicums, and a design studio sequence. Your research interests are discussed upon enrollment. Be prepared to identify these in your application and throughout the program.

The courses in this program are typically taught using a blended approach or a mix of both F2F classes and online approaches. Online real-time instruction (synchronous) and online archived (asynchronous) instruction will vary from course to course, depending on the instructor, course content, and the range of students. Courses will follow the WVU semester schedule, running 15 weeks over the fall and spring semesters, and variable length (usually 4-6 weeks) over the summer session. Deliverables and/or discussion in each course will likely occur on a weekly basis.

Career Profile

Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates From This Program:
Instructional Designer at WVU; Educational Broadcasting System Producer in Korea; Applications Specialist/Technology Marketing Manager at a Training and Consulting firm in Boston; Technical Systems Specialist; Classroom Teacher; Tech Integration Specialist

The EdD program is designed to allow a graduate to immediately apply knowledge and skills to pragmatic needs in any educational setting, particularly for those interested in teaching and conducting research in a university environment.

Delivery Methods Available

  • blended
  • on campus
  • online

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: Requires three letters of recommendation
  • Test Requirements: GRE or MAT
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Pre-Qualification Process

Post the following materials to
•Cover letter describing your motivation for doctoral work and what you want to study.
•Three letters of reference attesting to your readiness for doctoral-level work.
•Transcript(s) of completed undergraduate and master’s programs.
•Resume or vita.
•Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Score must be 5 years or newer.
•Writing sample: paper, report, article.
•An optional interview may be requested.

Additional Information

International students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score along with GRE.

Apply Now

Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: February 1


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