PhD in Education - Educational Technology
The PhD in Education specialization in Educational Technology is designed to prepare influential professionals in the field of educational technology (ETEC) and the learning sciences.
The program is research focused, designed to prepare future faculty and education leaders. Scholars in the field explore the uses of innovative media and technologies for education, studying aspects from student learning and cognition to impacts on individuals and institutions. The field provides the research base for effective utilization of new media in education and by default is interdisciplinary in its approaches and theories. From the beginning, students are expected to actively engage and contribute to the field through publication, conference presentations, and applied instructional projects.
The ETEC specialization is part of the college-wide Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) degree awarded for distinguished academic preparation for professional practice and research in the field of education. The PhD program is designed to enhance and facilitate educational, social, and economic growth locally, nationally, and internationally with a pool of highly qualified educational scholars and leaders.
The PhD in Education in Educational Technology follows the design of other COE PhD specializations with a program totaling 46 credit hours, including:
- a college research core (4 courses),
- the educational technology doctoral core (3 seminar courses),
- emphasis area (5 courses in educational technology),
- breadth courses to be selected by the student with approval of an advisor (2 courses),
- field study or internship (1 course), and
- a minimum of one course of dissertation credit (1 credit minimum)
Depending on previous graduate-level course work, some credits may be waived with the approval of an advisor.
The current program is campus based but courses are offered in the evenings to support working professionals. Many courses are offered in hybrid or online formats.
Graduate Division rules require completion of all doctoral requirements within seven years of initial enrollment except under extenuating circumstances. Average time to doctoral degree completion including dissertation is 4.5 years for the COE.
Cohort Foundation to Build Scholarly Community
The ETEC specialty has been designed to encourage intellectual excellence and participation in a scholarly community. Initial required seminar courses are completed within a cohort system where students entering at the same time take these seminars together to build support and professional community. Students intern with faculty on research projects and college teaching. The ETEC department has made a serious commitment to retention and completion to degree for all entering ETEC doctoral students by creating a supportive and collegial learning environment.
Doctoral students are also involved in the departmental student and alumni organization, the AECT-HI. In addition, each doctoral student is invited to participate in the College of Education Doctoral Student Association (COEDSA), an organization whose purpose it is to provide professional development, collegial support among students, and the development of a doctoral student "voice" and presence within the College.
Advising & Orientation
All entering doctoral students attend a mandatory fall orientation to learn more about the program, typically held in August on the Saturday prior to the first day of classes. Each new doctoral student is assigned an interim advisor (the ETEC doctoral program coordinator) who assists the student in setting up an individually designed course of study within the first semester of residency. Students are encouraged to discuss any changes in their course of study with their advisor prior to taking alternative courses. Upon advancement to candidacy, students select their own dissertation chair and committee, with the approval and consent of the designated faculty members
Transfers & Tuition Waivers
Transfer Credits: Most ETEC programs allow a maximum of six credits to be applied that are taken prior to admission. Questions should be directed to the program coordinators. Courses taken more than three years in the past may not be counted.
Waivers: The Online Master's Program and the Graduate Certificate in Online Learning are Outreach programs which are self-sustaining. Tuition waivers are not accepted for courses applied to these programs. ETEC students using faculty-staff waivers in campus-based ETEC programs are guaranteed a space in required core courses.
ETEC electives follow UH policy of registration after classes start if there are openings in the course. If courses are full, students will either need to cover tuition or select a different elective.
These web pages are for informational purposes only. Official program descriptions are found in the UHM Catalog. For more information about the ETEC doctoral program, contact the ETEC department office.