Instructional Psychology & Technology PHD

Program Purpose

  1. The PhD program in Instructional Psychology and Technology (IP&T) prepares students to assume leadership positions in instructional research, design, evaluation, or assessment. Graduates may take faculty positions at colleges and universities, take positions within public and private educational organizations, direct other instructional designers in private or public commercial institutions, or work as independant consultants.
  2. Effective instructional design can increase learning and teach the skills of self-directed learning simultaneously. This extends a learner's opportunities for learning, while mentoring learners to assume responsibility for the continuation of self-directed learning. The role of the designers and instructors educated in our programs is to provide help to the process by which the learner becomes an independent, responsible agent. In this quest to provide helpful instruction, our students are reminded of a spiritual dimension of learning that makes the design of instruction more than an exercise in media engineering. This view of the designer's role is conveyed within an atmosphere of rigorous studies and high performance expectations, which sets the tone for excellence in subsequent professional contribution.

Curricular Structure

  1. The IPT doctoral program requires successful completion of 72 credit hours: 54 course work hours and 18 dissertation hours. The 54 course work hours consist of: 13 hours of required courses dealing with the principles of learning, empirical inquiry and statistics, instructional design, assessment of learning outcomes, and evaluation of instruction; 18 elective course hours of specialization chosen in consultation with the advisory committee; 12 hours of supervised internship; 2 hours of seminar credit which are earned at the rate of 1/2 hour per semester; and 6 hours of project credit (3 hours per project for two projects). Projects are selected from one of the following areas: research, assessment, evaluation, and design.
  2. The program serves full-time, on-campus students who come from a number of undergraduate and graduate degree sources. It requires knowledge and experience obtained in studies for the IPT Masters degree. Therefore students from non-IPT undergraduate or Masters majors must complete the courses described in item #1 directly above. Students who have completed a Masters degree in IPT previously may receive credit toward these requirements from the courses they completed as Masters students, including 10 hours of required courses, one completed project (3 credit hours), seminar (1 credit hour), and internship (3 credit hours) credit. They may also recieve credit for elective courses completed as Masters students as approved by their advisory committee. In addition, one course (IPT 620-Learning Theory) must be completed as a PhD student if it was not completed during Masters studies. The IPT PhD program provides additional experience and performance capability in multiple areas of practice in addition to greater knowledge and performance ability in one chosen area (design, evaluation, research, or measurement). Most PhD students find part-time employment with campus-based design and development organizations to augment their formal instruction. This provides experience applying newly-learned principles to projects at work. Often the part-time employment will afford project and internship opportunities. Full-time employment is strongly discouraged for PhD students because it has been found to detract from project and dissertation work. All PhD students are expected to maintain a load of no less than 18 hours of course work per academic year.


Graduate Catalog

Learning Outcomes

Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of proficiency in instructional development, evaluation, assessment, or research. They are expected to be able to defend their designs in all of these areas through an appeal to technological and scientific theory and the application of appropriate design methodologies within project constraints. When appropriate, they must be able to define the limits of existing theory and express a new theoretical position. 

Foundational Knowledge and Understanding

Demonstrate depth and breadth of understanding of the fundamental principles related to instructional design, development, evaluation, assessment, and research.

Courses that Contribute: IP&T 201 IP&T 202 IP&T 515R IP&T 620 IP&T 629 IP&T 638 IP&T 651 IP&T 652 IP&T 654 IP&T 655 IP&T 661 IP&T 682 IP&T 687R IP&T 690R IP&T 730 IP&T 752 IP&T 754 IP&T 790R IP&T 799R
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Ethical and Professional Practice

Understand the standards of professional ethics within the field and demonstrate a willingness to live by high standards of ethical practice consistent with an LDS gospel perspective. 

Courses that Contribute: IP&T 372 IP&T 560 IP&T 599R IP&T 629 IP&T 651 IP&T 652 IP&T 661 IP&T 667R IP&T 682 IP&T 789 IP&T 799R
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Practical Application Skills

Demonstrate ability to complete quality projects in the field by applying knowledge and skills related to design, development, evaluation, assessment and research. 

Courses that Contribute: IP&T 372 IP&T 560 IP&T 599R IP&T 620 IP&T 651 IP&T 652 IP&T 653 IP&T 654 IP&T 655 IP&T 661 IP&T 667R IP&T 682 IP&T 687R IP&T 730 IP&T 752 IP&T 754 IP&T 760R IP&T 799R
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Research Skills

Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, report, and critique quality research within the discipline.

Courses that Contribute: IP&T 201 IP&T 202 IP&T 515R IP&T 629 IP&T 638 IP&T 653 IP&T 730 IP&T 747 IP&T 789 IP&T 799R
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Professional Communication

Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate research and evaluation findings.

Courses that Contribute: IP&T 515R IP&T 560 IP&T 599R IP&T 655 IP&T 682 IP&T 687R IP&T 690R IP&T 799R
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Evidence of Learning

Direct Measures

  1. Core course GPAs and completion trends.

  2. Results from internship sponsors survey and internship completion trends.

  3. Advisory committees' ratings of candidates' written proposals submitted by students prior to conducting the M.S. project or thesis.

  4. Advisory committees' ratings of projects and theses as presented in the candidate's oral and written defense of the M.S. project or thesis.

  5. External review of a sample of student projects and theses by reputable scholars in the field (data collected at least once every three years).

These measures are reviewed annually on a formal basis, and informally throughout the year.

Indirect Measures

  1. Annual evaluation of student adequate progress by IPT faculty

  2. Exit interviews and student surveys. (reviewed annually)

  3. Review of students' progress in having their work accepted for professional publication and presentation at national conferences. (reviewed annually)

  4. Occasionally our students enter professional and student design competitions, and their success in these competitions can provide indirect evidence for evidence of student learning.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

Several regularly-scheduled faculty development events provide the opportunity to feed interpretations of direct and indirect evidence back into the improvement of teaching and mentoring: