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CMU to offer online doctoral degree in educational technology

Program focuses on rigorous evaluation of technology-mediated learning and training in a variety of settings

Contact: Dan Digmann

​Central Michigan University, one of the nation's top ranked providers of online programs, will launch a new online doctoral educational technology program this fall.

The D.E.T. will prepare students for a wide array of leadership positions in PK-12 schools, virtual schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, as well as other government, corporate, industrial and military settings.  D.E.T. faculty are experts in pursuing innovative ways to establish and maintain an online community of learning, one that supports the kind of interaction and intellectual collegiality traditionally associated with successful face-to-face doctoral programs. 

"The advisor-advisee and student-to-student learning that occurs both in and out of courses at the doctoral level is so important," Michael DeSchryver, director of the program, said. "We are excited to explore how a variety of online tools might comprise a learning environment that extends traditional learning management systems. In so doing, we hope to foster a unique and rewarding doctoral learning environment that meets the needs of today's adult learners and taps into some of the primary affordances of online communication that may actually enhance the key relationships at this level." 

The D.E.T., offered by CMU's College of Education and Human Services in conjunction with the university's Global Campus, is a 54-credit-hour program consisting of 12 courses, an independent inquiry project and a dissertation. The degree is designed in an "alternative" format comprised of several independent, publishable sections that together create an in-depth analysis of the dissertation topic from different perspectives. 

The program is designed for adult learners who have completed a master's degree, work independently and have at least three years of professional experience.  

"This program allows students to demonstrate and build upon their existing competencies while they develop new knowledge and skills in instructional technology, research and practical applications appropriate to their professional goals, both in the U.S. and globally," Ray Francis, teacher education and professional development and D.E.T. program faculty member, said.  

The D.E.T. builds on the success of the CMU Master of Arts in Educational Technology, which provides a foundation of related skills and strategies to students from around the world.  Program faculty have extensive experiences designing and delivering courses.

Ming Zhang, D.E.T. faculty member has more than ten years experience teaching online.

"We will bring our rich online teaching and mentoring experience and best practices to the new program," Zhang said. "All newly designed doctoral level courses reflect the most up-to-date content and will provide innovative approaches to online learning for terminal degrees." 

"It is clear to us that the landscape of higher education is changing," Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, CEHS dean said. We feel this program has the potential to become a national model for innovation. We were encouraged and supported by Provost Michael Gealt and President George E. Ross to take this program forward. Additionally, the CMU Board of Trustees sees this degree as another positive step in the university meeting its strategic initiatives."

Students can apply for the D.E.T. here [hyperlink] by May 1 for priority consideration for the Fall 2015 cohort.  Additional information is available here or call 877-268-4636.

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