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Educational Technology, D.E.T.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 87 hours

This program is offered through Global Campus.

The online doctoral program in educational technology prepares educators in the study of integration of technologies supporting learning and teaching. Specific instruction revolves around the study of the latest educational technologies to increase student achievement in the classroom. Graduates are prepared for careers in K-12 educational technology support, higher education research and teaching, research and development of instructional technologies, and private sector training and development.

The online Doctor of Educational Technology program at Central Michigan University offers students an opportunity to either earn a Master's Degree or matriculate in two years of graduate credit if they currently hold an accredited graduate degree. Certified K-12 teachers in Michigan will also earn the "NP" - educational technology endorsement for their teaching certificate.

Students take an additional 36 credit hours of coursework (12 classes) beyond the Master's level. Upon completion of the apprenticeship/comprehensive exam, students will enroll in 18 dissertation credits to include a proposal writing class.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

Admission Requirement Snapshot

GPA: 3.5

Entrance Exam: GRE or MAT

Priority Deadline: March 1

See Admission Requirement Details Below


In order to be considered for admission to the program, an applicant must have completed a master's degree with a graduate program grade point average of 3.5 or higher, or currently enrolled in CMU's online MA in Learning, Design, and Technology program, and must have completed three years of professional education experience and the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogy Test.

Review of complete application begins March 1 and continues until the cohort is filled. A completed application packet will include the following materials:

  1. a completed graduate application;
  2. transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;
  3. resume of professional education experience;
  4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT); within the past 5 years
  5. short essay describing the relationship between the applicant's professional goals and the D.E.T. program; and
  6. three letters of recommendation (dated and on organizational letterhead) that attest to the applicant's potential to succeed in the program.

After reviewing the credentials of the applicants, the Doctoral Program Committee will select those to be interviewed. The Doctoral Program Committee will make all decisions regarding admissions, selecting the cohort from those interviewed. The total application package will be evaluated holistically.

Proof of English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required for admission to any of CMU's graduate programs.

Although most international applicants meet that requirement by having an official TOEFL score report sent to us, there are other acceptable methods of proof. Students can meet the requirement by submitting IELTS scores or MELAB scores, or by having completed an entire course of study (bachelor's degree, master's degree, etc.) at an institution where the language of instruction is English. Test score requirements are:


Regular Admission: 79 ibt (550 pbt, 213 cbt)

Admission with stipulations: 61-78 (500-547, 173-210)


Regular Admission: 6.5

Admission with stipulations: 6.0 or 5.5


Regular Admission: 80

TOEFL Exempt countries list:

Program Requirements

Progress through the program is based upon obtaining satisfactory grades (a 3.25 GPA average overall), passing written and oral comprehensive exams, and completing a doctoral dissertation. Students who have not earned a Master's Degree from an accredited university will be enrolled in the online MA in Educational Technology program.

Requirements I - Research (9 hours)

The research component encompasses both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The competencies to be developed are essential to interpreting and evaluating research studies to be encountered in all course work as well as to completing the dissertation requirement.

EDU 800Educational Technology Research


EDU 801Qualitative Research in Educational Technology


EDU 802Quantitative Research in Educational Technology


Requirements II - Academic Core (12 hours)

The academic core component includes all of the critical areas of study for future educational leaders: foundations, organizational and leadership analyses, and the issues which change and dominate over time. The courses are designed to provide students with the underpinnings to understand and to act effectively upon the challenges confronting the educational organization.

EDU 807Seminar: Learning Tools in Education Technology


EDU 808Blended and Online Learning


EDU 814Differentiated Instruction in Online Learning


EDU 853Evolving Internet Learning


Requirements III - Cognate (15 hours)

There are multiple choices from which students may select a concentration. The specific courses will be determined in consultation between the student and the academic advisor. The cognate, to be determined jointly by the student and advisor, can be completed in one academic discipline or by taking a combination of courses from more than one academic discipline. Students could choose to take a "Leadership" cognate by taking 3 classes currently offered by Educational Leadership and two of the classes below as a cognate.

Educational Technology Cognate:

EDU 810Grant Writing


EDU 811Motivation in Online and Blended Learning


EDU 842Mobile Learning


EDU 862Data Driven Decision Making


EDU 870Higher Order Learning and New Literacies


Comprehensive Exams

Students will be expected to take written qualifying exams upon the completion of their academic core classes. Comprehensive exams will be administered in the fall and spring of each year. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, students are advanced to candidacy.


EDU 898Dissertation


The candidate will complete three steps in the dissertation process:

  1. the proposal review stage in which there is a formal review of the literature and a journal article submitted for publication; The proposal of the candidate’s research, the research question and methodology for conducting the research will be proposed and approved by the candidate’s dissertation committee;
  2. conducting the research, analyzing the results, and writing the final document including a minimum of one journal article submitted for publication after successful defense; and
  3. oral defense of the research.

Total: 87 semester hours