Program Information

Doctor of Philosophy in Learning Technologies (UNT and Distance Delivered)

The Ph.D. in Learning Technologies is available for residential study for students who can attend the UNT campus and via an online distance-delivered format for those who, due to distance or reason, cannot attend the UNT campus.

The doctorate in Learning Technologies focuses on defining, understanding, and expanding the synergy of technology and learning/instructional systems theory. The core of the Ph.D. program is the application of technologies within the learning process. Towards this end, a successful doctoral candidate demonstrates proficiency in skills and knowledge that allows the individual, upon graduation, to become a contributing scholar/practitioner in the field. Graduates work as faculty, instructors, teachers, instructional designers, directors of distance education, technology coordinators, trainers, and other professionals in the instructional, educational, and learning technology fields both in educational and corporate settings. The program has a focus on academic research and writing, which has resulted in a majority of graduating doctoral students holding positions at universities.

Benefits

  • Convenient. Earn a Ph.D. online!

  • Affordable. A 3-hour course is affordable for most Texas Residents. Specific financial aid information can be found at financialaid.unt.edu

  • Flexible. Log in any time and from any place. Online courses allow you to set your own schedule.

  • Adaptable. Working full time? Online courses make the most of your valuable time.

  • Respected. Research is an important aspect of the Learning Technologies Department. Research projects increase the knowledge within our field while allowing graduate students to be actively involved in projects that enhance their educational experience.

Marketable Skills

Objectives

  • Synthesize Knowledge: The graduate will read and synthesize the literature related to their specific discipline, describe fundamental theories of human learning and the role of technology, and apply knowledge of human learning and technology to the solution of practical problems in their discipline.

  • Create Knowledge: The graduate will describe common research methods in their discipline, read and evaluate educational research, and apply research findings to the solution of practical problems in their discipline.

  • Communicate Knowledge: The graduate will communicate effectively in oral and written formats including the ability to communicate content from their discipline through the design and delivery of effective teaching/learning activities that integrate content and pedagogy, adapt instruction and support services to the needs of diverse learners, and assess appropriately learning outcomes.
  • Think Critically and Reflectively: The graduate will develop a personal vision of inclusive educational practice, identify the relationship of their discipline to the broader field of education, and critically evaluate theory and practice.
  • Engage in Professional Development: The graduate will demonstrate the disposition for life-long learning and continuous professional development.
  • Participate Actively in Their Profession: The graduate will identify communities of practice within their discipline and participate within these communities.

The Ph.D. in Learning Technologies is available in two formats.

  • Residential format is for students who can attend classes on the UNT campus.
  • Online distance-delivered format is for students who cannot attend the UNT campus. 

Admission Process

New Cohorts start each Fall Semester, applications are due by April 10th each year.

The distance delivered Ph.D. in Learning Technologies is a blended offering with students taking online courses throughout the year and attending a yearly face-to-face meeting during the fall. The mandatory meeting is in conjunction with eLearn conference which is not held on the UNT campus. This program is available to students living outside the North Texas area or those students unable to attend the residency offerings. Students within driving distance of UNT should investigate the residency program.

Application Steps (see Application Checklist for additional information):

  1. Apply through http://www.ApplyTexas.org to start the application process.
  2. Submit all transcripts and your GRE score to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School.
  3. Submit all supplemental materials to the Department of Learning Technologies

Submission, Review, and Semester Start Dates upon Acceptance

Residential Offering

Application Period Program Review Period Semester Start Upon Acceptance to Residential Offering
Nov. 15 - Mar. 10 Between Dec. and Mar. Summer and Fall Semester
Aug. 15 - Nov. 15 Between Sep. and Dec. Spring Semester
  • Students who are accepted may begin the following semester.
  • Admitted students have on year from admissions to begin course work or they must reapply for admissions.  

Distance/Distributed Offering

Application Period Program Review Period Semester Start Upon Acceptance to Residential Offering
April 10th Between Dec. and Mar. Fall Semester of next Cohort Start
  • Students who are accepted may begin with the next distributed cohort. Distributed offering cohorts start each Fall when available.
  • Admitted students may either start with the next available cohort or can wait until the following Fall. After that, students must reapply for admissions. 

If you missed the application deadline, contact LT-PhD@unt.edu to see if any changes to the posted dates have been made. 

International Students

International students should contact LT-PhD@unt.edu and UNT International concerning dates specific to admissions. 

Ph.D. Application Checklist

Download the Ph.D. Application Checklist
 

Course Offerings

Residential

Residential courses are provided on a two-year course rotation with the exception of the research courses (e.g. 6510, 6511, 6512, and 6514), which are offered yearly. Courses are offered as supported by enrollments and may change as determined by the program.

Course Offerings for Residential Doctorate Students
Course Fall Fall 
8W1
Fall
8W2
Spr Spr
8W1
Spr
8W2
May Sum
5W1
Sum
5W1
Sum
5W1
Sum
5W1
Sum
5W1
LTEC 6000 - Philosophy of Computing in Learning Technologies O
LTEC 6010 - Theories of Instructional Technology E
LTEC 6011 - Technological Innovations in Training and Development O
LTEC 6020 - Advanced Instructional Design: Models and Strategies O
LTEC 6021 - Needs Analysis and Curriculum Development X
LTEC 6030 - Emerging Technologies and Education E
LTEC 6031 - Trends and Issues in Applied Technolog, Training, and Development X
LTEC 6040 - Theory and Practice of Distributed Learning E
LTEC 6121 - Leadership Development in Applied Technology and Training X
LTEC 6171 - Consulting Skills O
LTEC 6181 - Evaluation and Accountability in Applied Technology and Training E
LTEC 6200 - Message Design in Learning Technologies X
LTEC 6210 - Theory of Design of Internative Multimedia Systems O
LTEC 6220 - Theory of Learning Technology Implementation O
LTEC 6230 - Advanced Production Design for Learning Technologies E
LTEC 6240 - Articial Intelligence Applications X
LTEC 6250 - Learning Technology Systems Design and Management X
LTEC 6260 - Creating Technology-Based Learning Environments E
LTEC 6270 - Developing Funding Opprotunities in Learning Technologies O
LTEC 6280 - Project Planning and Evaluation in Educational Technology
LTEC 6480 - Research Seminar X
LTEC 6510 - Introduction to Research in Learning Technologies X
LTEC 6511 - Analysis of Research in Learning Technologies X
LTEC 6512 - Analysis of Qualitative Research in Learning Technologies X
LTEC 6514 - Seminar on Advanced Research Topics in Learning Technologies and Information Sciences X
LTEC 6515 - Advanced Research: Scaling Methods O
LTEC 6516 - Advanced Research: Computer Mediated Discourse Analysis O
LTEC 6700 - Practicum/Internship X
LTEC 6701 - Practicum, Field Problems, or Internship X X
LTEC 6800 - Special Topics in Learning Technologies E
LTEC 6900 - Special Problems in Learning Technologies X X X
LTEC 6910 - Special Problems in Learning Technologies X X X
LTEC 6950 Doctoral Dissertation X X X

X = Offered every year
E = Offered every even year
O = Offered every odd year

Distributed

Distributed courses are offered in a specific sequence of course and events for each cohort. Courses are offered as supported by enrollments and may change as determined by the program.

Course Offerings for Distributed Doctoral Students Courses

Year Semester Hours Course Course
Year 1 Summer 6 hours 6000 - Philosophy of Computing in Learning Technologies 5210 - Instruction Systems Design I
  Fall 6 hours 6010 - Theory of Instructional Technology 6510 - Introduction to Research in Learning Technologies
  Spring 6 hours 6020 - Advanced Instructional Design: Models and Strategies 6512 - Analysis of Qualitative Research in Learning Technologies
Year 2 Summer 6 hours 6511 - Analysis of Research in Education Computing Tools Course TBD by Academic Committee
  Fall 6 hours 6210 - Interactive Multimedia Theory and Design 651x - Advance Research Course a.) Scaling Methods, b.) Discourse Analysis, c.) etc.
  Spring 6 hours 6040 - Theory and Practice of Distributed Learning 6260 - Creative Technology-Based Learning Environments
Year 3  Summer 6 hours

6250 - Learning Technology Systems Design and Management; OR 

6200 - Message Design in Learning Technologies

Tools Course TBD by Academic Committee
  Fall 6 hours 6230 - Emerging Technologies abd Education; AND 6230 - Advanced Educational Product and Design
  Spring 6 hours 6220 - Theory of Educational Technology Implementation  6800 - Dissertation Prep I
Year 4 Summer  3 hours

6800 - Dissertation Prep II (if the student has not passed the Spring 6800 course)
*Must defend dissertation proposal by the start of Fall semester or take another course to complete proposal

      6270- Developing Educational Fudning opportunities; OR
      6240- Artificial Intelligence Applications
  Fall 3 hours 6950 - Dissertation Optional Courses Available
  Spring 3 hours 6950 - Dissertation Optional Courses Available
Year 5  Summer 3 hours 6950 - Dissertation Optional Courses Available
  Fall 3 hours 6950 - Dissertation * Student must defend their dissertation by the Graduate School Deadline or they will be required to take an additional 6950 course until graduation.

Contact Us

LT-PhD@unt.edu