What will I learn?

Technology is infusing every aspect of the educational experience. This three-year terminal degree program is designed with your professional research in mind so that you can examine current issues of technology in all types of educational environments. You will learn to conduct research relevant to your own work context, to utilize rigorous evaluation methods for educational technology, and to design and conduct technology-based training.

Program Highlights

As a student in our DET program, you will:

  • Take courses designed for working adults - Our program is designed for those working full-time. All courses are offered completely online with no on-campus requirements. You will work with tenured faculty and members of your cohort throughout the program in a variety of formats.
  • Write your dissertation using an alternative format - Create a practical dissertation you can apply in the real world. Your work will consist of several shorter, publishable pieces that can immediately impact the field of your choice; taken together, your dissertation will create an in-depth study offering different perspectives on the topic.
  • Be a part of a diverse cohort - Our cohorts consist of global students from fields such as K-12 education teachers and administrators; higher education faculty, program directors, and administrators; and those in the military, the corporate world, and working for non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Why Earn Your Doctorate in Educational Technology at CMU?

You’ll learn from tenured faculty who are experts in the field of educational technology and are active contributors to research. As a cohort, you’ll be part of a supportive community that includes faculty, DET alumni, and University staff. Our fully online program engages you in exploring, analyzing, and applying theories and frameworks related to learning and technology in your own context. You’ll develop your own unique area of research interest -- something that is relevant to you. We’ll help you design, collect and analyze data using qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed methods to understand, test and contribute scholarship to the field.

Required classes are divided into three components:

  • Research, which demonstrates qualitative and quantitative analysis methods.
  • An academic core, in which you'll focus on tech-driven educational strategies and pedagogy for online and blended learning.
  • And a cognate of either educational technology-based classes or others chosen by you and your advisor.

Which department am I in?

Global Campus

Study options

Full Time (87 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,920.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022, 29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Online/Distance (54 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $778 per credit
Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Candidates are expected to hold a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related area of science, with a GPA of 3.0.

For international students

You must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Preferred requirements are a minimum GPA of 3.5 and three years of professional experience.

English Language Requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 500 PBT/61 IBT is required for admission with stipulations or 550 PBT/79 IBT for regular admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: A score of 5.5 required for admission with stipulations or 6.5 for regular admission.
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic Module: A score of 44 for admission with stipulations or 53 for regular admission.

Application Deadlines - Online

Fall semester (August start): March 1 for priority consideration.

Spring semester (January start): Sept. 1 for priority consideration

Application Deadlines - Full Time

Priority Deadline: March 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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