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Instructional Design and Technology

Major features of the program include course preparation in educational psychology and research methods. Three areas of competencies are featured: interconnectivity, instructional design and software and multimedia design and deployment. Instructional design and technology knowledge and skills are developed within courses, practicums and a design studio sequence. Your research interests are discussed upon enrollment. Be prepared to identify these in your application and throughout the program.

The courses in this program are typically taught using a blended approach or a mix of both face-to-face classes and online approaches. Online real-time instruction (synchronous) and online archived (asynchronous) instruction will vary from course to course, depending on the instructor, course content and the range of students. Courses follow the WVU semester schedule, running 15 weeks over the fall and spring semesters, and variable length (usually 4-6 weeks) over the summer session. Deliverables and/or discussion in each course will likely occur on a weekly basis.

Career Profile

Job titles and employers of recent graduates include: instructional designer at WVU; educational broadcasting system producer in Korea; applications specialist/technology marketing manager at a training and consulting firm in Boston; technical systems specialist; classroom teacher; tech integration specialist.

The Ed.D. program allows a graduate to immediately apply knowledge and skills to pragmatic needs in any educational setting, particularly for those interested in teaching and conducting research in a university environment.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

Scholarly Writing Sample 

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 1

Spring Deadline


Summer Deadline


English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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