The doctorate in Learning Design and Technology is a 60-hour program emphasizing coursework in learning theories and processes, digital-applied research methods, and technology cognate areas selected by the student for emphasis (e.g., distance education, instructional design, game/educational software design, digital media design, technology in the disciplines).
We hold information sessions annually for prospective students to meet with program faculty and graduates, and ask questions about our programs. These sessions are held in conjunction with the College of Education’s open houses for graduate programs. Please submit an RSVP if you wish to attend one of these sessions. We will inform you of the next available date/time.
Course of Study
The 60-hour curriculum includes: 6 hours in scholar leader coursework from the college, 6 hours in teacher education and learning sciences seminars from the department, 15 hours in general research methods, 6 hours in digital-applied research methods, 6 hours in learning theories and processes, 12 hours in a specified cognate area, and 9 hours in dissertation research. In addition, students can earn course credit for independent study, practicum, or supervised teaching/research projects.
Faculty and Affiliated Faculty
Primary College Faculty
- Deniz Eseryel, Associate Professor, Learning Design and Technology, TELS Department
- Michael A. Evans, Associate Professor, Learning Design and Technology, TELS Department
- Julia McKeown, Teaching Assistant Professor, Learning Design and Technology, TELS Department
- Kevin Oliver, Professor, Learning Design and Technology, TELS Department
Affiliated College Faculty
- Jere Confrey, Professor, Mathematics, STEM Ed Department
- Glenn Kleiman, Professor, Learning Design and Technology, TELS Department
- Hollylynne Lee, Professor, Mathematics Education, STEM Ed Department
- Meghan Manfra, Associate Professor, Social Studies, TELS Department
- Brad Mehlenbacher, Workforce and HR Development, ELPHD Department
- Teomara (Teya) Rutherford, Assistant Professor, TELS Department
- Hiller Spires, Reading, TELS Department
- Eric Wiebe, Science, STEM Ed Department
Affiliated College Associate Faculty
- Sherry Booth, Senior Research Scholar, Friday Institute
- Jeni Corn, Director of Eval Programs, Friday Institute
- Lisa Hervey, Senior Research Scholar, Friday Institute
- Shaun Kellogg, Research Associate, Friday Institute
- LaTricia Townsend, Research Scholar, Friday Institute
- Sara Weiss, Research Scholar, Friday Institute
- Mary Ann Wolf, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute
Affiliated Non-College Faculty
- Roger Azevedo, Professor, Psychology
- Tiffany Barnes, Associate Professor, Computer Science
- Min Chi, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
- James Lester, Distinguished Professor, Computer Science
- Two official* copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, including any non-degree studies (NDS) at NC State
- GRE scores from within the last 5 years
- TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants whose first language is not English
- Academic writing sample
- Research statement and emphasis
- Three (3) letters of reference
See our Doctoral Handbook (below) for detailed information on all needed admission documents.
* Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review purposes, but we require official ones before an admitted student can begin graduate studies.
Doctoral Handbook for Prospective and New Students
Please view our Doctoral Handbook to find answers to your questions about the concentration and its structure, required and transfer credits, curriculum, ideal candidates, what we’re looking for in an application, sources of financial aid including assistantships, and the standard doctoral timeline. If you have other questions, please contact the doctoral program coordinator, Kevin Oliver.
Advantages to Earning Your Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology at NC State
NC State offers a competitive choice for doctoral study in Learning Design and Technology. Unique opportunities exist for collaborative research with faculty through ongoing research and evaluation projects at the college’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Further, the university is situated in the state capital of Raleigh, with additional opportunities to network with state-level education staff in the Department of Public Instruction (NC-DPI). Past students have worked or gone on to work in professional positions with the state. The university is also situated in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, reknowned for its high-tech business and industry with major employers like SAS, IBM, Cisco, RTI, Citrix, Quintiles, Lenovo, Bayer, Glaxo, and Red Hat. Further start-up’s can be found on NC State’s own Centennial Campus. Past students have completed internships and projects with numerous companies in the region. Raleigh and the counterpart cities of Durham and Chapel Hill comprise the American region known as the “Research Triangle” with just over 2 million residents. The region is regularly awarded national honors of interest to doctoral students advancing toward professional high tech careers. Raleigh alone was recently rated #2 among most educated cities (WalletHub, 2014), #1 city attracting the most families (Forbes, 2014), #2 best cities for young professionals (Forbes, 2014), #4 happiest metropolitan areas (University of British Columbia, 2014), #1 best places for buisness and careers (Forbes, 2014), #3 least stressed out cities (CNN Money, 2014), among ten best city art districts (USA Today, 2014), #2 fastest growing cities (Forbes, 2014), #5 emerging tech hub to pay attention to (TransferWise, 2014), #13 city driving the future (Business Insider), and many more. A large part of the Triangle’s economic success is tied to its three Research I universities in NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke. Students in a research-intensive doctoral degree at NC State can take considerable advantage of the unique Triangle Research Libraries Network to access materials from any of these universities, plus NC-Central University in Durham. In addition, students at NC State can take advantage of two cooperative registration programs allowing them to take courses at other local universities that aren’t offered at their own institution. This expands the course offerings a student may take to 4 additional colleges in Raleigh, and 5 additional universities in North Carolina, including the nearby UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke.
Incoming students interested in assistantships should complete and submit this form after they receive a notification of acceptance into the program. Note, assistantships require 20 hours of work per week and students must attend school full-time (9 hours/3 courses per semester). Doctoral students are eligible for stipend, tuition remission, and health benefits, as part of their assistantship.