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Doctorate Expectations

Residency Requirements
During the summer, all students are required to attend Duquesne University’s campus for a four-week mandatory residency component.  The 2012-2013 Summer Residency with occur in May (exact date to be determined).  During this time, students are oriented to the program, attend classes, interact with faculty and cohort members, review graduation requirements and participate in social activities.  Students are expected to make their own arrangements for housing during this time.  A limited number of dormitory rooms may be available on campus and a variety of off-campus options are available too.

The Instructional Technology program consists of a minimum of three years of full-time, graduate study.  Full-time graduate study is defined as 6 credit hours per semester for fall, spring and summer semesters. Once admitted to the program, it is expected that all students be enrolled continuously.  This residency requirement allows students the opportunity to interact with faculty and other graduate students and to become familiar with university resources.  All program requirements (including dissertation) must be completed within eight years after the first semester of coursework.

Unless a student has applied for and been granted an official leave of absence, students who do not register for any term during the course of a full year must apply for readmission to Duquesne University before they can again register for classes.

Comprehensive Exams
Comprehensive exams will be completed by all students prior to beginning their dissertation.  Specifically, students will prepare an electronic portfolio that contains artifacts of their work that demonstrate the alignment of their coursework with professional standards.  Students will not be admitted to candidacy until their portfolio has been reviewed and found to be acceptable by the program faculty.

Student Scholarship
To better prepare for the dissertation, all students are required to prepare, submit, and have accepted, a scholarly paper by a journal or a regional, national or international conference.  Manuscripts must be submitted for publication or presentation prior to registering for dissertation credits and successful acceptance must occur prior to graduation.

Expected Competencies:
Demonstrate knowledge of learning theories and pedagogical strategies for teaching in technology-enhanced environments.

  • Analyze, design, and develop computer-based materials for instruction which reflect the needs of students with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Select, integrate and evaluate technologies to support the teaching-learning process.
  • Apply empirically based research, and assessment practices to evaluate instructional uses of current instructional technologies.
  • Model leadership in the uses and benefits of technologies for problem solving, data collection, information management, communication, and presentations.
  • Interpret and apply principles of scientific inquiry and research design to the study of instructional technology.
  • Describe, analyze, critique, and interpret research findings to enhance the field of instructional technology.
  • Develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods and designs needed to evaluate the efficacy of instructional technology initiatives.
  • Produce research that makes a contribution to professional knowledge and practice in the field of instructional technology.