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Instructional Design and Technology (Ed.D.)


(Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a field dedicated to applying theory and research about how people learn to the design, development, implementaton, and evaluation of learning experiences and products.


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Affiliated with CITSIE

Our Ed.D. Program in Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a comparatively new field dedicated to applying what is empirically understood about how humans learn and improve upon performance to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance support products, processes, and environments. IDT professionals understand and leverage technologies as both product (such as a Web-based course for distant learners or print-based job-aids for the workplace) and process (such as an iterative and formative approach to learner assessment). Instructional technologists practice their unique, multidisciplinary profession in a variety of settings including industry, preK-12 schools, higher education, and government.

Why Study Instructional Design and Technology Here?

Our Faculty and and staff in the Instructional Design and Technology program have very diverse interests that encompass all aspects of instructional technology and committed to support students as they develop the professional, academic, research, and interpersonal skills required for a successful career of their choice.Our coursework is designed to help students advance their understanding of educational issues, theories, and practice related to Instructional Design and Technology. Our IDT program is affiliated with the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education that offers excellent research opportunities with a focus on design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences, distance learning, health promotion, preparation of instructional technology professionals, and innovations in technology.

What You’ll Study

The Ed.D. degree requires a minimum of 90 credit hours including 15 hours of research coursework and 30 credit hours of dissertation. No more than 6 hours of Post Masters courses may be taken online.The Ph.D requires two years of residency. Resident full-time study for Ed.D. students must be satisfied in two consecutive academic years (excluding summers).

I- Mandatory Course Work

Ed.D. students will study mandatory courses such as  Principles of ID or Designs for Learning, Foundations of Technology Tools, Learning Theories for ID or Theoretical Foundations, Trends in IT, Applied Theories of Learning, Research in IT, Professional Seminar


Students are encouraged to enroll in one course that address the history, sociology and philosophy of educational institutions or enterprises with which the student's career goals indicate she/he will be associated. This area of the program is intended to insure that each student has studied the general context of education into which the specialized area fits.


Fifteen graduate semester hours in advanced research-related courses by enrolling in Quantitative Sequence or Qualitative Sequence


Advanced graduate work in the Concentration Area may include the following EDIT courses: Formal coursework, Seminars, Independent studies, Clinical studies, Internship, Externship and/or Field studies.


Each Ed.D. student is expected to complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of coursework in a cognate outside of the Instructional Design and Technology program area. Cognate courses should be related to and supportive of the student's area of studies.


Ph.D. students enroll in 30 credit hours of Research and Dissertation

Career and Professional Development

Graduates of our doctoral program typically assume dynamic roles as faculty in higher education, advancing research in the field and preparing the next generation of instructional technologists for the profession.

Blacksburg Campus

This degree program is offered at the Blacksburg campus. The Blacksburg campus offers students the full services of the university, including an extensive library, technology support, and the Graduate Life Center. 

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Distance learning
  • Message design

Barbara Lockee, Professor

Barbara Lockee, Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of learning theories to instructional products
  • Video-based learning

Katherine S Cennamo, Professor

Katherine S. Cennamo, Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Interests

  • Application of innovative technologies to instructional situations
  • Design and development of electronic performance systems to support online learning

Research Interests

  • Instructional design
  • Distance learning
  • Self-efficacy

Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Alicia Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor

Professor Emeritus of Education

Professor Emeritus of Education

Instructional Design and Technology Research Highlights

Bond, M. A., & Lockee, B. B. (2018). Evaluating the effectiveness of faculty inquiry groups as communities of practice for faculty professional development. Journal of Formative Design for Learning, 1-7.

Stoner, A. M., & Cennamo, K. S. (2018). Enhancing reflection within situated learning: Incorporating mindfulness as an instructional strategy. Springer.

Kim,  S., Song,  K., Lockee,  B., Burton, J. (2017). Gamification in learning and education. New York, NY: Springer.

Students interested in applying to the Instructional Design and Technology (Ed.D.) degree should contact the program leader, Dr. Ken Potter, by email at

Visit our office at the Public Safety Building Suite 201 (0313), 330 Sterrett Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Domestic Application
Spring: January 1
Summer I & II: May 1
*Fall:  August 1
International Application
Spring: September 1
Summer I & II: January 1
*Fall: April 1
*Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall: January 15.


Ken Potter
Program Leader, Instructional Design and Technology
144J Smyth Hall

Nancy Nolen
Enrollment Service Assistant
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-5348

School of Education
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061