Ph.D. in Learning Technologies

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Online Ph.D. in Learning Technologies

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

  1. Residential format for students who can attend UNT campus.
  2. Online, distance-delivered format for students who cannot attend the UNT campus.

Worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of making your career goals a reality?

Our online program is the solution.

  • Convenient. Earn a Ph.D. online!
  • Affordable. A 3-hour course costs approximately $1,424.45 for a Texas Resident.
  • 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.

How does this program advance my career? This program is a perfect fit for:

The objectives for this program will be to develop Process Competencies in the following:

  • Synthesize Knowledge: The graduate will read and synthesize the literature related to his/her 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 his/her discipline.
  • Create Knowledge: The graduate will describe common research methods in his/her discipline, read and evaluate educational research, and apply research findings to the solution of practical problems in his/her discipline.
  • Communicate Knowledge: The graduate will communicate effectively in oral and written formats including the ability to communicate content from his/her 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 his/her 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 his/her discipline and participate within these communities.

The Ph.D. in Learning Technologies focuses on understanding and expanding the synergy of technology and learning/instructional systems theory. Graduates of the program are prepared to accept appointments at universities and organizations whose mission is the creation, instruction, or testing of innovative applications of instructional and educational technology in academic and corporate settings. Graduates work as faculty, teachers, instructional designers, directors of distance education, technology coordinators, trainers, and other positions in the instructional, educational, and learning technology fields.

A successful doctoral candidate will demonstrate proficiency in both process and content areas. Process proficiency refers to the skills and knowledge that graduates use in the course of being contributing scholars/practitioners; whereas, content areas proficiency is the deep domain specific knowledge and skills which form the foundation of our discipline. These activities are supported through mentoring and student-centered study and research.

How does it work?

New Cohorts start each summer 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. This program is available to students living outside the North Texas area or those students unable to attend the residency offering. Students within driving distance of UNT should investigate the residency program.

Admissions consists of:

  1. A visit to
  2. An application to the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School.
  3. An application to the Learning Technologies program.

Full details can be found on the Department web page at It is suggested that students apply as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to process and review their application.


Program Contact

Learning Technologies
UNT Discovery Park, 1st Floor, G Wing, Suite 150
3940 North Elm Street
Denton TX, 76207 

Office: (940) 565-2057