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PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Education Instructional Design for Online Learning specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested an instructional design for online learning degree often pursue dean, director or other high-level leadership positions in a variety online learning settings, including educational institutions, corporations, the military, health care and government.


Twelve of the top 50 employers of Capella alumni are colleges or universities (as reported by CareerBuilder).

Career Builder Alumni Outcomes Data, Q2 2014

Potential Employment Settings

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Educational consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care industry
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • P–12 education
  • Vocational school

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Assistant dean for distributed learning
  • Assistant or associate professor
  • Associate provost for instruction and technology
  • Dean of distance education
  • Director of distance and continuing education
  • Director of e-learning
  • Director of education and development
  • Director of instructional design
  • Director of instructional technology
  • Director of knowledge solutions
  • Director of technology assisted learning
  • Distance education specialist
  • Faculty development specialist
  • Full-time or adjunct faculty
  • Instructional technology specialist
  • Manager of computer assisted instruction
  • Vice president of education services

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

School of Education Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Education doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. Over 50% of graduates work in higher education; an additional 25% work in P-12 environments.


Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied".

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Our School of Education doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Just over half have presented at a conference or published an article, book or monograph. Over 40% of those surveyed have advanced in their careers.

Improvement in Skills &Abilities Education Doctoral Graduates


Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.