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

Doctorate Coursework

Coursework for Learning Technologies Doctorate

Course delivery is dependent on the aspect of the program the student is active in. Students in the residency program have required face-to-face meetings at UNT based on the course. The distance delivered Ph.D. in Learning Technologies is a blended offering with courses being delivered online throughout the year combined with a yearly meeting of cohorts during the summer. Attendance at the summer cohort meeting is mandatory for participation in the distance delivered program. It is planned that the annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

15 hours Courses include philosophy, theory, and synthesis of the relationship between theory and technology in learning technologies contexts. These courses provide a foundation for the doctoral program of studies
Topic 21 hours Courses focus on understanding and exploring critical subjects in the field. These hours include coursework in advanced instructional systems design, theory and implementation in different areas of learning technologies, and focused special topics courses that include artificial intelligence, distributed learning systems, and others. Special topic courses are designed for students to work closely with faculty on research projects.
Research 12 hours Courses include research methods and data management/analysis. These courses are designed to provide the foundation for investigating original research
(waiver possible)
9 hours Tools courses are required to ensure students are current on the technologies used to develop media and learning technologies systems. If a student has an MS degree in an aligned degree area, the 9 hours of tools courses can be waived.
Dissertation 12 hours Dissertation hours.

69 hours or 60 hours if tools courses are waived

  1. A minor (12 hours) or cognate (6 hours) may be included in the degree plan (see below).
  2. Courses or skills required for Leveling: CECS 5010, 5020.
  3. 9 hours maximum from Independent Studies, Practicum or Internship may be counted toward the degree.

Core/Foundation Courses (15 hours)

  • CECS 6000 Philosophy of Computing in Education
  • CECS 6010 Theory of Instructional Technology
  • CECS 6020 Advanced Instructional Design: Models and Strategies
  • CECS 6030 Emerging Technologies in Education
  • CECS 6100 Theory and Practice of Distance Education

Topic Courses (21 hours)

  • CECS 6200 Message Design
  • CECS 6210 Theory and Design of Interactive Multimedia
  • CECS 6220 Theory of Educational Technology Implementation
  • CECS 6230 Advanced Educational Production Design
  • CECS 6300 Artificial Intelligence Applications
  • CECS 6320 Creating Technology-Based Learning Environments
  • CECS 6400 Educational Technology Systems Design and Management
  • CECS 6600 Developing Educational Funding Opportunities

Special Purpose Courses:

  • CECS 6050 Practicum/Internship
  • CECS 6800 Special Topics in Learning Technologies
  • CECS 6900 Independent Study (limited to 9 hours)

Research Courses (12 hours)

  • CECS 6510 Analysis of Research in Learning Technologies
  • CECS 6511 Introduction to Research in Learning Technologies
  • CECS 6512 Analysis of Qualitative Research in Learning Technologies
  • CECS 6514 Seminar on Advanced Research Topics in Learning Technologies

Tool Courses (9 hours – wavier possible – see below)

Dissertation (12 hours)

  • CECS 6950 Dissertation

Information Regarding Ph.D. Course Rotation