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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 professors 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.

What to Expect

  • Online & In Person
  • 14 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Residency
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start April 9th

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.

Admissions Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

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. 

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. 

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
$925 per credit $5K Quarterly Tuition Max, 90 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

Military service members and their spouses could be eligible for a discount.

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

$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 & Respected

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

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.

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research 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. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
BMGT8212 Leading Information Technology Strategic Planning in Complex and Global Environments
TS8951 Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Education
ED7311 Theory and Methods of Educating Adults
ED7312 Teaching Adults
ED7712 Classroom Assessment in Education

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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

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Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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.

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