EdD Requirements

The following list shows the course and other requirements for the EdD/EDTECH program. Included here are the course descriptions that can be found in the Graduate College catalog.

A total of 66 credit hours are required; at least half of the credit hours must be completed after enrolling in the doctoral program. To see when courses are offered, please see the EdD/EdS Course Schedule.

FOUNDATIONS CORE (5 required, 15 credit hours)

EDTECH 601 DOCTORAL STUDIES ORIENTATION: Introduction to the purpose and nature of doctoral studies in educational technology. Explores processes and procedures specific to the degree program, tools for collaboration and research, conferences and journals in the field, and graduate faculty research initiatives. Must be taken in first semester enrolled in doctoral program. PREREQ: ADM/PROG.

EDTECH 603 GLOBAL AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Explores the implementation of information and communications technologies (ICT) in educational systems outside of the United States. Examines promises and challenges of ICT integration in both developed and developing countries as impacted by different contexts.

EDTECH 604 LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Examines principles that guide innovative leadership of educational technology programs and initiatives. Focuses on the synthesis of theories, models, and processes that guide policy creation and active project implementation. Emphasis on team building, organizational psychology, people and resources, and change management.

EDTECH 606 RESEARCH WRITING: Introduces students to different types of scholarly writing expected of advanced graduate students, including how to form research articles and each part of a dissertation, with special focus on the literature review. PREREQ: EDTECH 601.


Prior to the 2019 cohort, doctoral students were required to take EDTECH 602 EMERGING TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY (explores current topics and trends in educational technology research and their applications. Reviews literature and practices to identify emerging trends in the field) and EDTECH 605 PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS (Introduction to best practices and principles related to the management of projects in educational organizations (all levels, traditional or online). Emphasis on team building and leadership, establishing relationships, benchmarks and evaluative practices. Review and use of various project management software tools). These courses can still be taken as electives; EDTECH 602 is required of Ed.S. students.

RESEARCH CORE (4 required, 12 credit hours)

EDTECH 650 RESEARCH IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Examines the foundations for and processes of conducting research using quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasizes critical steps in the process of research, reviewing and analyzing research studies in educational technology.

EDTECH 651 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: Measures of central tendency and variability, one and two sample tests, confidence intervals, chi-square, introduction to bivariate correlation, and analysis of variance. PREREQ: EDTECH 650 or doctoral status.

EDTECH 652 QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: Overview of quantitative research approaches in educational research. Covers concepts of, and practice with, parametric and non-parametric tests and predictive analysis. Introduction to experimental design, survey sampling, and advanced statistical analysis. Purchase of statistical analysis software is required. PREREQ: EDTECH 651.

EDTECH 653 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: Overview of qualitative research approaches in educational research. Reviews the theory, epistemological assumptions, and application of major methodologies. Focuses on developing skills in creating field notes, planning and conducting interviews, collecting relevant artifacts, analyzing data, and writing reports. Introduction to computer-assisted qualitative data analysis.

RESEARCH ELECTIVE (1 required, 3 credit hours)

Offered Regularly (Spring Semesters)

EDTECH 662 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: Explores advanced concepts of quantitative theory and data analysis methods. Guides selection and application of multiple, appropriate levels of analysis to selected research questions. Purchase of statistical analysis software is required. PREREQ: EDTECH 651, EDTECH 652.

EDTECH 663 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS: Explores specific qualitative methodologies in depth. Extensive practice in analysis of data based on a selected qualitative tradition, followed by the presentation of results. Focuses on the development, planning, and conduct of an applicable project. Includes further practice with computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. PREREQ: EDTECH 653


Offered Infrequently

EDTECH 671 DATA MINING RESEARCH METHODS FOR EDUCATION: Introduction to fundamental algorithms and methodologies for data mining and machine learning. Topics include techniques in pattern discovery and predictive modeling. PREREQ: EDTECH 651, EDTECH 652.

EDTECH 672 DESIGN-BASED RESEARCH: Study and application of design-based research methodology, aimed to improve educational practices through iterative analysis, design, development, implementation, and generation back to theory. Emphasis on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real-world settings. PREREQ: EDTECH 650.

Other research electives may be offered on a case-by-case basis or as independent study courses.

SEMINAR (4 required, 4 credit hours)

EDTECH 698 SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: A one-credit hour per semester seminar taken by doctoral students over the first four regular semesters of the program, for a total of four credit hours. All course meetings will be online, with some required synchronous sessions. Students will work with faculty and peers to examine topics germane to the profession, collaborate on papers and presentations, discuss current research, and focus their area(s) of study for the doctoral dissertation. (Pass/Fail). PREREQ: EDTECH 601.

This course became a requirement starting with the 2019 cohort.

INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE (1 required, 3 credit hours)

EDTECH 640 INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: The application of skills and knowledge about educational technology to a novel challenge, issue, or context directly related to the field. A proposal that addresses practical dimensions of the problem, their relationship to theoretical constructs, learning goals, and project management details is required before students can enroll in the course. Culminating activities include a work log and a final reflective paper in addition to other artifacts that may be required. May be repeated for credit. (Pass/Fail). PREREQ: PERM/INST.

EDTECH COGNATE (3 courses required, 9 credit hours)

  • The "EDTECH Cognate" is comprised of three courses in educational technology or a very closely aligned field, all of which have a similar theme or strand. The cognate represents the student's particular area of focus or expertise, and is typically related to direction of his or her dissertation study. Examples of cognates are K12 Online Learning, Adult Online Learning, Organizational Performance, School Technology Integration, Leadership in EdTech, Games & Simulations in Learning, etc. Courses for the cognate can be 500-level courses taken at Boise State University. Coursework for the cognate can be transferred (with approval) from another accredited institution.

EDTECH ELECTIVE (4 courses required, 12 credit hours)

  • The "EDTECH Electives" are any courses related to educational technology or a related field (ex., curriculum & instruction, educational leadership, a topic area with a pedagogical focus, etc.) Electives do not necessarily have to be related to a student's area of research, but should be used to help a student explore topics more broadly and give him or her a wider perspective on the implementation of technology in education. Courses for the electives can be 500-level courses taken at Boise State University. Coursework for electives can be transferred (with approval) from another accredited institution.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (1 credit hour)

691 DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (Variable Credit). Taken when the doctoral student is in Regular Status and has completed a significant number of course credits applicable to the degree requirements. Considerable autonomy is granted to the academic unit in the design, administration, and evaluation of the comprehensive examination. Pass/fail only

  • The Comprehensive Examination (aka, "Comp Exam") is required of all doctoral students following the completion of their foundations core (EDTECH 601-605), their research core (EDTECH 650, 651, 652, & 653), and their cognate. It is a one-credit hour experience completed in the first third of a semester after a student is eligible to take it. Students who pass the Comp Exam transition from "doctoral student" to "doctoral candidate."

Learn more about the Comp Exam

DISSERTATION RESEARCH (11 credit hours minimum)

693 DISSERTATION (Variable Credit). Independent research at the doctoral level resulting in a dissertation that must be defended at a final oral examination and archived in the university library and with UMI. The dissertation must be written in clear and effective English and presented in a format that conforms to the standards of the Graduate College. Pass/fail only

  • EDTECH 693 is not a "course." Instead, students who enroll in these credit hours are under the direct supervision of their advisor and/or one or more dissertation committee members. Students can only enroll in one credit hour of 693 in the same semester in which they take the Comprehensive Exam, and the balance of dissertation credits are taken following a successful Comp Exam. If a student has not completed the dissertation after already having completed 11 credit hours, s/he must continue to sign up (and pay) for EDTECH 693 credits until the dissertation has passed the final defense.

Learn more about EDTECH 693