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Information Technology Education Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Teach the Future of IT

Information technology is a popular field with a need for highly qualified professionals in the industry. Capella's online PhD in Information Technology, IT Education degree is designed to take your experience and prepare you for post-secondary teaching in IT. This program combines in-depth analysis, critical thinking, research, and scholarly writing with skill development in advanced teaching techniques and curriculum design. You’ll be ready to lead new students into the future of IT and have the leadership abilities needed to take your career to the highest level.

At a Glance

  • Online & in person
  • 11 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • 90 Total quarter credits

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Further IT Knowledge

Create new theoretical constructs to push IT education knowledge further. 

Understand Theory

Study and understand the theories that shape the practice of using technology in education.

Move IT Education Forward

Examine different approaches to improve the use of technology in education or the education of the IT discipline.

Lead Ethically

Learn ethical leadership strategies and use best practices and tools for students.

Fuse Research & Practice

Bring together IT education research and practice and develop of new, improved practices.

Communicate Effectively

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

Our unique doctoral structure

Our PhD in Information Technology, IT Education program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.

PhD in IT Education Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Earn a Graduate Certificate

During this program, apply for, and receive a Post-Master's Certificate in College Teaching from Capella, as well as your PhD.

Scholar-Practitioner Faculty

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

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.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$965 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 total quarter credits, No transfer credits available

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.

$5,000 quarterly tuition maximum

Maximize your courseload–take six or more credits per quarter and pay just $5,000.*

*Cost of each residency is included in the $5,000 quarterly tuition maximum; travel, lodging, meals, and other expenses are not included. Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. Tuition subject to change.

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

PhD in IT Sample Courses

The online PhD in Information Technology, IT Education curriculum focuses on expanding your IT knowledge and skills, helping you learn to develop solid research, scholarly writing, and advanced teaching abilities. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.

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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
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

This course focuses on the evaluation and development of curriculum for adult learners. Learners in this course incorporate trends, theories, models, various instructional strategies, and technology as employed in designing 21st-century learning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

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PhD in IT Education Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online information technology education doctoral degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Senior technical trainer/ instructor
  • Full-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of information technology courses
  • Department chair
  • Consultant
  • IT curriculum developer
  • Certified trainer

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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