This program is not designed for teacher certification, licensure or endorsement.
Capella University's online PhD in Instructional Design program gives you choices to make a difference in the online education field. This program focuses on the theory and leadership of instructional design, including creating and applying instructional design models, leading the implementation of instructional solutions, leading strategic instructional design initiatives, and conducting and applying instructional design research.
Your PhD in Instructional Design program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.
With your PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella, you'll learn to lead instructional design initiatives, organizations, and work groups. Additionally, you'll be able to contribute to the enrichment of the instructional design and development discipline and cultivate ethical behavior in the organization and broader community.
Common jobs with an online PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning include full-time or adjunct faculty, dean of distance education, vice president of education services, director of e-learning, faculty development specialist, and director of distance or continuing education. Potential workplaces include: land-based or online college or university, corporation, military education, adult education program, P–12 education or government.
This program requires three on-campus dissertation seminars.
For current K-12 professionals interested in extending their education with a graduate degree. Capella University education programs do not lead to initial teacher licensure.
Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements.
Basic requirements for all programs:
- Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
- Acknowledgement agreement
- All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
- Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
- Minimum GPA as defined by your program
Minimum level of education required:
- Master's Degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024.