Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design (PhD-ID)
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Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design
Create effective learning pathways with the 100% online Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design (PhD-ID) degree program at National University. This degree will help you gain practical, hands-on experience working with subject matter experts, managing complex projects, and carrying out research projects. You’ll have the skills you need to shape learning environments and contribute to the overall body of knowledge in the field of instructional design.
NU’s PhD-ID program is centered on helping you develop advanced skills and knowledge related to the learning experience and instructional design. This program aligns with instructional design competencies established by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Improvement©, the Association for Talent Development, and the Association for Educational Communication and Technology.
Research, Shape, and Influence Learning
Learn how to evaluate design processes, explore the design and development of simulations, games, and mobile learning, and contribute to the body of knowledge through research. NU’s one-to-one learning model will provide you with the guidance, attention, and support you deserve throughout your education.
Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=12.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
- Instructional Coordinators
- Instructional Designers and Technologists
- Training and Development Managers
- Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
- Education Administrators, Postsecondary
- Education Administrators, All Other
- Distance Learning Coordinators
- Training and Development Specialists
- Education Teachers, Postsecondary
- Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.
Faculty assists each NU Doctoral student to reach this high goal through a systematic process leading to a high-quality completed dissertation. A PhD dissertation is a scholarly documentation of research that makes an original contribution to the field of study. This process requires care in choosing a topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and conducting the research. These activities lead smoothly into the writing and oral presentation of the dissertation.
A doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled throughout the series of dissertation courses. Dissertation courses are automatically scheduled and accepted without a break in scheduling to ensure that students remain in continuous enrollment throughout the dissertation course sequence. If additional time is required to complete any of the dissertation courses, students must re-enroll and pay the tuition for that course. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when students demonstrate progress toward completing dissertation requirements. The Dissertation Committee determines progress.
As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design (PhD-ID) program, you’ll be able to:
- Support collaboration among diverse stakeholders invested in complex design processes and products
- Synthesize different principles, theories, and analyses for design projects
- Construct strategies to address ethical, legal, and political factors influencing design and development solutions
- Contribute to the theoretical body of knowledge in instructional design
National University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round, and once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the next week.
To apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design (PhD-ID) you must have a conferred graduate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution or a qualifying international institution.
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