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Learning, Design and Technology–Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

How can education be designed to promote innovative learning? On what platforms? Do individuals in certain careers require different learning modalities? How can current and emerging technologies best improve educational access and educate tomorrow’s workforce?

When you pursue the highest attainable degree possible in the field of learning, design and technology, you will explore the frontiers of questions like these while also honing your skills as a creator of next-level educational products and pedagogies.

The University of Wyoming Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology will not only prepare you to develop and analyze learning experiences across a variety of platforms, it will also equip you with the college-level teaching skills necessary to inspire coming generations of instructional designers.

About Learning, Design and Technology

Structured around the cognitive apprenticeship theory of education, which emphasizes experiential learning, the UW Ph.D. program in Learning, Design and Technology gives you the experience digital study while also immersing you in the systems and theory of digital learning. This program offers online convenience with one required in-person orientation day to get to know your mentors and peers.

Working closely with faculty, you will have the chance to conduct research, produce a dissertation and develop the skills and knowledge you will need to pursue an academic career or top leadership position in business, the military, health care or high tech, wherever there is a need for ongoing learning.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Doctor of Philosophy

Major: Education

Concentration: Learning, Design and Technology

Resident Tuition: $324/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $516/credit hour

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Counselor Education & Supervision are currently
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An Assistant Professor of Educational/Instructional Technology can earn an average starting salary ranging from $54,000 to $69,000 per year according to

Learning, Design and Technology PhD Degree Program Highlights

Offering the convenience of an online program with the community that comes with on-campus engagement, UW’s learning, design and technology Ph.D. program will equip you with the skills and knowledge to teach, study and produce instructional design products and experiences.

Here is why you might consider UW’s Ph.D. program in learning, design and technology:

100% online. Enjoy the flexibility of a program that is delivered entirely online.

Dissertation. Research and write a dissertation on a topic that aligns with your interests and career goals. Past titles include:

  • “Collaborative learning in engineering: A quest to improve student retention”
  • “Procedural learning: A comparison of skills acquisition between an online environment and traditional classroom training”
  • “Strategic planning and resource allocation as a road trip: Conditions necessary for successful planning integration at a rural community college”
  • “The relationship between preservice teachers' perceptions of faculty modeling of computer-based technology and their intent to use computer-based technology”
  • “Students' attitudes toward internet use and feelings of connectedness in their graduate programs at a rural university”
  • “A study of informal learning among University of Wyoming Extension educators”

Minor. Incorporate a graduate minor in qualitative or quantitative methodologies into your Ph.D. program.

Resources. Take advantage of the potential to work in UW’s Shell 3-D Visualization Center, where College of Education faculty have been designing immersive educational experiences. The Student Innovation Center at UW provides additional access to 3D printers and scanners, virtual reality, LEGO, littleBits and other equipment that fosters project-based STEAM learning at all levels.

Travel grants. Apply for travel support to cover some travel costs associated with attending or presenting at professional conferences.

Faculty. Study and conduct research alongside faculty who are experts in educational technology and preparing educators for contemporary learning practices.

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Assistantships. Apply for a graduate assistantship, which offers full-time, on-campus students with faculty research opportunities, college-level teaching experiences and stipends.

Scholarships. Help fund your Ph.D. through a College of Education graduate scholarship. Scholarships are available specifically for students in the learning, design and technology program, such as:

  • Clarence Jayne Scholarship
  • Kercher Family Scholarship

What Can You Do with a Learning, Design and Technology Ph.D. Degree?

The UW Ph.D. degree in learning, design and technology will prepare you for a career as a scholar-teacher in a university setting as well as for leadership roles in higher education, corporations, the military and other organizations.

Learning, Design and Technology Careers
UW learning, design and technology Ph.D. graduates may be employed in the following positions:

  • College professors
  • Instructional media coordinators
  • Instruction designers
  • Curriculum and assessment directors
  • Curriculum and instruction directors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Curriculum designers
  • Curriculum specialists
  • School curriculum developers
  • Non-profit education program director

Police Officer to Ph.D.

“I am committed to helping build the bridge between best practices in our field and the increasing needs of public safety officials for efficient and effective learning design.”

– Jon Lee Anderle, Ph.D. ’18

Having served Laramie County as a patrol officer, investigations unit sergeant and operations lieutenant, Anderle turned his attention to a passion area: Training fellow officers on impaired driving enforcement. More education and training experiences—both online and face-to-face—followed and eventually, Anderle enrolled as a Ph.D. student in learning, design and instruction. Today, he serves as a regional administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Examples of Learning, Design and Technology PhD Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as a learning, design and technology Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming:

  • College Teaching
  • Issues, Practice and Research in Instructional Technology
  • Learning Theories
  • Introduction to Instructional Design
  • Message Design
  • Theory of Change
  • Technology and Distance Education
  • Interactive Learning Systems
  • Instructional Design Applications

View the full Doctor of Philosophy in Learning, Design and Technology degree program curriculum.

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