Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Doctor of Education with a concentration on Instructional Technology and Distance Education.

The concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Education (ITDE) is designed to prepare current educators or future students who wish to lead programs and training organizations with the improved teaching methods from the scientifically valid application of instructional technology. The 69-credit-hour curriculum provides student teachers the needed experiences in distance education, instructional media, instructional technology, instructional design, and research-based instructional decision making. Students will take courses that cover:

  • Instructional Media
  • Principles of Distance Education
  • Instructional Design
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Principles of Instructional Technology
  • Digital Media for Instructional Technology and Distance Education
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Professional Practice in ITDE
  • Advanced Applications in ITDE
  • Theories of Learning
  • Management and Evaluation of Instructional Technology and Distance Education
  • Contemporary Issues in ITDE
  • Perspectives in ITDE

Graduates of the doctoral program will be able to apply the learned foundations when seeking advanced positions within an educational organization or as the needed requirements to maintain a leadership position. The practical information, experiences and useful skills can be contributed to the continually evolving process of systems-based instruction using technology to assist with learning opportunities as well as learning processes. The graduate program is designed to set the standard for best practices in distance teaching and learning.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    NCATE accredited


    Students must have a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum 3.0 grade point average) .

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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