DOCTORAL

Learning Technologies

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Technology is ever evolving and continually changing the way we create and consume information. As much as any field or industry, the influence of digital innovation is creating challenges and opportunities in education. The Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies: Learning Technologies provides a forum in which to examine critical questions about the ways technology is changing education, the ways should it change education, and how it might be used to improve teaching and learning.

Faculty and students in the Learning Technologies concentration explore questions and develop ways to utilize learning technologies in support of innovative curricula that make teaching and learning more effective:

  • Development of curricula that integrate handheld computing technologies with meaningful science instruction and learning;
  • Technology-based methods for teaching reading;
  • The teacher's role in introducing new technologies into the classroom and how to better support teachers learning to use technology;
  • Development of tools that help integrate primary sources into history and social studies education;
  • The role of professional development and policy making on the use of wireless laptops in social studies and English classrooms;
  • The role of district-level administrators in technology-oriented reform.

Prepare to harness the power of educational technology as you develop and pursue your own research questions and agendas. Create a customized program that will prepare you to use the latest knowledge about learning theory, design principles, research methodologies, and evaluation strategies, in educational settings ranging from classrooms to web-based and distributed-learning environments. Enjoy the opportunity to work in concert with students and faculty in a range of specializations who share a commitment to the integration of theory and research on teaching, learning, and educational access in P–12 settings.

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required
60

Core credits

19

Students complete the following courses:

  • EDUC 790 – Foundations of Schooling (3 credits)
  • EDUC 791 – Foundations of Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDUC 792 – Methods of Educational Research: Qualitative (3 credits)
  • EDUC 793 – Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDUC 898 – Professional Development Seminar (1 credit); need 4 credits total
  • An advanced research methods course (3 credits)

Concentration credits

9

Students choose from the following courses:

  • EDUC 601 / SI 549 – Learning Technologies Across the Content Areas (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 602 – Video Games, Learning, and School Design (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 603 – Design Research in Education (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 626 / SI 548–Principles of Software Design & Learning (3 credits)

Learning and cognition credits

6

Students choose from the following courses:

  • EDUC 708 – Cognition and Instruction in Classrooms (3 credits) 
  • EDUC 709 – Motivation in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • EDUC 710 – Learning, Thinking, and Problem Solving (3 credits)

Substantive concentration credits

9

Students' substantive concentration reflects in the design of their course sequence and is approved by an advisor and Learning Technologies faculty member. Students choose one of the following: 

  • Science Education
  • Social Studies and History Education
  • Culture and Gender
  • Teacher Education
  • Design and Human-Computer Interaction
  • Policy

Students may also create new concentrations through interdisciplinary connections with faculty across the U-M campus. A minimum of two courses should be at the doctoral level.

Elective crefdits

6

Cognate credits

6

Cognates are defined as graduate, non-Education courses. Cross-listed, meet-together courses with Education can be elected to fulfill the cognate requirement. With advisor approval, students may choose Higher Education courses.

Apprenticeship credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member

Preliminary exam credits

2–6

Students complete a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following courses:

  • EDUC 991 – Prelims Part A (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once) 
  • EDUC 992 – Prelims Part B (1 credit minimum) (may be elected more than once)

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Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

Educational Studies is suspending admissions to its PhD program for the fall of 2021. We are doing this to ensure that we can continue to provide the support needed by our current students at this uncertain time. However, we are engaged in an exciting redesign of our PhD program and look forward to welcoming your applications in the fall of 2021 for the fall of 2022. Please check in (at this site) for updates regarding our redesign efforts.

Quick Facts

GRE general exam required

Yes

Financial aid available

Yes

Starting term

Fall term only

Connect with ES

Contact

Phone: (734) 763-9497
Master's: edstudiesma.info@umich.edu 
Doctoral: edstudiesphd.info@umich.edu  

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4218
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Careers

100%

of known graduates found full time employment in education

100%

of known graduates found employment within 12 months

$61K

average first year salary
Graduates typically go into these industries
  • Higher education
  • Public and private research
  • Public policy

 

Graduates often work as
  • Education Consultant
  • Director of Research
  • Policymaker
  • Professor
  • Research Design Specialist
  • Research Investigator
  • Research Specialist

Recent job titles include

  • Associate Director of Education Research
  • Chief of Research
  • Clinical Professor
  • Deputy Director
  • Director of Enrollment Research and Data Management
  • Director of Mathematics Learning Center
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Principal Researcher
  • Research Scientist

Internships

Although no internship is required, students must satisfy the apprenticeship requirement by completing a minimum of one and up to three credits in each of the following apprenticeships:

  • EDUC 789 – Research Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member
  • EDUC 798 – Teaching Apprenticeship
    • Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position or Apprenticeship to Faculty Member