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Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education (DCTE) -

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This program offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Computing Technology in Education. The program addresses (1) the use of information technology to improve cognition; (2) the development, management, and evaluation of computing systems that support the educational process; and (3) the role of computing and other advanced technology in education and training. The program is especially well suited to educational administrators, college faculty members, directors of academic computing, teachers of all grades, district and building technology administrators, industry and armed forces trainers, and instructional system designers and developers. It provides information technology professionals with the knowledge and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems. Each student must complete eight core courses, two research courses, and a dissertation. After students complete the course requirements they may apply for the educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

Graduates with the Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education will: (1) possess advanced knowledge and deeper understanding of the field of computing technology in education; (2) communicate professionally and ethically about computing technology in education research issues; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize scholarly literature related to the field of computing technology in education; and (4) generate new knowledge through research/scholarship and disseminate that knowledge to others using the necessary technical and intellectual skills to produce a written document that makes an original contribution to the field of computing technology in education.

Curriculum for the Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education

The program requires at least 64 credit hours, of which 40 are for courses and at least 24 are for the dissertation. RESD 700 and RESD 710 are required. However, these courses may be taken at any point and in any order during the coursework component of the program.

Courses and dissertation registrations are listed below:

Required Core Courses  (four credits each)


Elective Courses
(Select six of these.)


Research Registrations  Students are required to complete two sections (four credits each) of DCTE 898, Directed Research, before entering candidacy. Students must register for the course with a particular faculty member as directed in the course description. Students are advised to register for the two sections of Directed Research in sequence, not in parallel. Students are further advised to wait for the second year of study before registering for Directed Research. Students may repeat Directed Research with the same faculty member only with permission of that faculty member.

Dissertation Registrations


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Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.