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Doctorate in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies

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Degree Requirements
Financial Aid
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Program Contact


Degree Requirements

Program Milestones  (see details in the Doctoral Handbook)

  • Qualifying Review
  • Selection and Appointment of Major Professor
  • Appointment of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and Approval of Program of Study
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Research Paper
  • Enrollment for Dissertation Work
  • Defense of Dissertation Prospectus
  • Dissertation
  • Defense of Dissertation
  • Clearance for Degree
  • Residence Requirements


The set of courses listed below meet all Program, College, and University requirements. The program consists of approximately 80 credit hours, including dissertation hours. However, the actual number of hours can vary depending on individual circumstances. If you currently hold a Master’s degree and enter the doctoral program, you may be able to apply all, or part, of your previous work toward your degree, and reduce your credit hours. Credit for previous work depends on its relevance to the curriculum’s required courses and elective options. Your doctoral advisory committee, based on the recommendations of your Major Professor, decides approvals of prior coursework and waivers for specific course requirements.


Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Courses 15 credits
Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, Theory, Design, Development  
EME5601 Intro. to Instructional Systems 3
EME5603 Systematic Instructional Design 3
EDG6925 Instructional Materials Development 3
EDP5216 Theories of Learning and Instruction 3
Trends and Current Issues   
EME5608 Trends/Issues 3
Inquiry and Research Core 31 credits
Quantitative data analysis/methods
EDF5401 General Liner Model 4
  (Note: EDF 5400 is a prerequisite for EDF 5401)
Select 1 from: 3
EDF5406 Multivariate Analysis  
EDF5409 Casual Modeling  
EME6937 Meta Analysis  
  (Note: EME 6937 is a seminar number and can represent different courses in different semester)
Qualitative data analysis/methods (e.g., EDF 5464: Qualitative methods of evaluation) 3
Instructional System and Learning Technologies Research Methods  
EDF5481 Methods of Educational Research 3
EDG6362 Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies Research Seminar 3
EDG6363 Practicum in Experimental Design and Analysis 3
EME6635 Synthesis, Analysis, and Argumentation 3
Measurement (e.g., EDF 5432 Measurement Theory) 3
Research Apprenticeship (Registered under EDF 5906) 3
One additional inquiry course: 3
Foundations of Inquiry (e.g., EDF 5710)  
Evaluation (e.g., EME6357 Evaluation of Training in HPT or EDF5461 Program Evaluation)  
Quantitative or qualitative data analysis course  
Focus Area 12 credits

Preliminary Exam

(Note: Register for EDF 8964 in the semester you take the Preliminary Exam)

Dissertation (24 units) 24 credits
Total Credits (actual number will vary depending on your program): 82 credits


Research Apprenticeship:
The research apprenticeship is an important component of the doctoral program, ideally taken early in the program: 2nd – 4th semesters (first and second year students). The research apprenticeship should be scheduled together with the faculty member who will serve as a mentor so that the student is exposed to the entire research process (as much as possible) from research design process through data collection and analysis/writing results. A minimum of three total units are required and they can be split across semesters if most appropriate (e.g., 1 unit Fall, 2 units Spring). Register for the Research Apprenticeship under “Supervised Research”, EDF 5910.

Focus Area:
The focus area should consist of a cohesive set of four courses (consisting of at least 12 units) within instructional systems, and must include at least one doctoral research seminar (EME6635). Each semester a different doctoral research seminar is offered, with different topics depending on the instructor.


Financial Aid

Financial aid for qualified graduate students is available in the form of:

  • Florida State University fellowships
  • College of Education fellowships
  • Graduate teaching and research assistantships
  • Out-of-state-tuition waivers

FSU Financial Aid
COE Scholarships & Aid

 For information about assistantships, please contact Mary Kate McKee.


Useful Links

FSU Admissions
FSU Career Center
Office of Academic Services and Intern Support (OASIS)
FSU Financial Aid
COE Scholarships & Aid


Materials & Downloads

Doctoral Handbook


Program Contact

Mary Kate McKee
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems
The Florida State University
3210 Stone Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4453