Instructional Technology Graduate Programs 


The Professional Doctorate in Instructional Technology Ed.D. at Duquesne University focuses on the development of educational leaders who support learning through exemplary teaching with technology. The 54-credit program includes courses in three signature themes: instructional leader, technology advocate, and collaborative scholar. Students critically and reflectively study issues of educational technology and develop as scholarly practitioners. 


Required Courses (45 credits)
  • GDIT 701 Professional Leadership in Instructional Technology (3)
  • GDIT 705 Cognition and Instructional Design (3)
  • GDIT 714 Leadership and Education in a Global Society (3)
  • GDIT 715 Learning Theories and Instructional Design (3)
  • GDIT 716 Design of the Learner Experience (3)
  • GDIT 703 Foundations of Instructional Technology (3)
  • GDIT 712 Ethics and Social Justice in the Digital Age (3)
  • GDIT 713 Computational Thinking (3)
  • GDIT 719 Learner Computer Interaction (3)
  • GILT 520 Teaching with Technology Across the Curriculum (3)
  • GREV 701 Research Methods & Design (3)
  • *GREV 510 Educational Statistics I (3)
  • GREV 610 Educational Statistics II (3)
  • GREV 721 Theoretical Foundations in Qualitative Research (3)
  • GREV 722 Advanced Methods in Qualitative Research (3)
  • GDIT 728: Digital Portfolio Seminar (3)

*Student may take a statistics screening test to ‘skip’ GREV 510 and go straight into GREV 610.  If students pass the statistics screening test, Statistics II and III are the recommended quantitative methods courses.

Dissertation (6 credits)

Students can complete the required 6 credits of dissertation through some combination of:

  • GDIT 799 Dissertation (1-6 credits)
  • GDIT 730 Dissertation Writing Seminar I (3 credits)
  • GDIT 740 Dissertation Writing Seminar II (3 credits)
Total Credits Required: 54


The Master's Program in Instructional Technology Program at Duquesne University is nationally recognized by the Association for Education Communications and Technology (AECT), a specialized professional association recognized the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology

The online M.S.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology is an advanced level 30-credit program of study for teachers with initial certification. Participants will develop knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively integrate technology into their classroom instruction and to assist other teachers to integrate technology into all curricula. A graduate of this program may also be an Instructional Technology Specialist in banks, law firms, and other corporate training environments. Additionally, program graduates can work as tech support personnel in colleges and universities. Program graduates are eligible for the Pennsylvania Instructional Technology Specialist Certification upon completion of the 30-credit Master of Science in Education program. See below.

Required Courses (24 credits)
  • GILT 511 Technology and Education (3)
  • GILT 512 Instructional Design (3)
  • GILT 513 Teaching K-12 Instructional Technology Applications (3)
  • GILT 514 Management of Instructional Technology (3)
  • GILT 515 Practicum (3)
  • GILT 518 Assessment of Teaching and Learning with Instructional Technology (3)
  • GILT 520 Teaching with Technology Across the Curriculum (3)
  • GILT 631 Instructional techniques (3)
Electives (6 credits)

Students may select graduate level courses (500 or above) in Education, Instructional Technology, Multimedia or other content. All electives must be approved by the Program Director. Students must take 2 elective courses (6 credits).

Total Credits Required: 30

Learning Outcomes for Instructional Technology Graduate Programs

  • Design curriculum using instructional technology tools.
  • 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 contributes to professional knowledge and practice in the field of instructional technology.

Program Faculty

  • Joseph Kush, Ph.D., Program Director | Professor
  • Misook Heo, Ph.D., Professor