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Information Technology Education Specialization Doctor of Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Teach the next generation of IT enthusiasts

There is a demand for information technology educators with doctoral degrees. Capella’s online Doctor of Information Technology, IT Education degree is designed to prepare you for post-secondary teaching in IT. In this program, you’ll combine in-depth analysis, critical thinking, research, and scholarly writing with skills development in advanced teaching techniques and curriculum design. You’ll master analytical approaches to solve technology problems and be able to lead as an educator in the IT field. 

At a Glance

  • Online & in person
  • 14 core courses
  • 4 specialization courses
  • Dissertation
  • 3 residencies

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Classes Start October 7th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Advance IT education

Build new theoretical constructs to further IT knowledge.

Conduct research

Perform scholarly research to identify and analyze IT problems and potential solutions.

Find the right solutions

Apply the right technological solutions to help IT and business interests align in strategic and tactical ways.

Design for change

Develop IT governance on change management to build new ideas in technology. 

Lead ethically

Follow a code of ethics as a leader in organizations using information technology.

Communicate effectively

Become a communication, research, writing, and critical thinking expert in the IT field. 

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Doctor of Information Technology program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Grow with faculty & peers

You’ll have one-on-one learning opportunities and residencies that provide credits toward your degree and a supportive peer community.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn from faculty who hold doctorate degrees and have real-world experience in their field of study. 

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$4,850 per quarter, 82 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

DIT sample courses

The online DIT, Information Technology Education curriculum focuses on advanced techniques in teaching and curriculum design. You’ll build skills in in-depth analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing, and complete your coursework and dissertation together.

Professional doctorate research seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your capstone topic, methodology, application to current theory, and overall project plan from the beginning of your program. 

Dissertation mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

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Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments

In this course, learners examine processes by which senior information technology leadership must evaluate different IT governance models from a global perspective, including decision models, management structures, business engagement processes, leadership theories, and risk assessment processes. Learners evaluate methods of performance measurement and control, and assess the relevance and effect of social responsibility issues and strategic partnering on IT strategic planning. For DIT learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Education

Learners in this doctoral seminar review information technology research literature that focuses on studies related to improving the effectiveness of IT instruction, developing IT curricula and courses, and using IT in the classroom. Course content emphasizes IT education and includes computer science, computer engineering, and other related disciplines. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Theory and Methods of Educating Adults

In this course, learners study adult learning theory and learning styles and preferences. Course topics include adult education theories, principles of adult learning, and methodology for best practice in adult education. Learners also reflect on their personal educational philosophy and practice. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Teaching Adults

This course presents best practices of higher education teaching. Learners evaluate multiple teaching models and strategies and their underlying theoretical and research bases. Learners also examine cultural influences on teaching and learning; identify ways to incorporate technology into the teaching-learning process; and assess their teaching dispositions and educational philosophy. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Classroom Assessment in Education

Learners in this course explore evidence-based classroom assessment and evaluation practices and apply a variety of tools and strategies to assess and evaluate learning. Learners also develop appropriate formative and summative classroom assessment techniques that address intended learning outcomes and promote learning in a global society. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

IT Education career insights

5 Books Every IT Professional Should Read

A list of must-read books to help take your IT knowledge to the next level.

Doctor of Information Technology Education professional paths

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct, part-time, or full-time faculty
  • Department chair
  • Consultant
  • Senior technical trainer/instructor
  • Certified trainer
  • IT curriculum developer

Related employment settings to explore

  • Continuing education
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Information technology consulting firm
  • Corporation
  • Information technology firm
  • Training and development organizations
  • Government—local, state, federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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