Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology

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Today's educational technology leaders are known by many different titles such as Technology Director, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). No matter the title, educational technology leaders have dual leadership roles--both instructional and technical--and according to CoSN, these roles encompass a broad range of skills including:

            • creating a vision for the role of technology;
            • implementing strategic planning and policy development;
            • having an understanding of teaching and learning, assessment, and professional development;
            • managing technology and support resources; and
            • possessing the political and interpersonal skills to effectively work with all stakeholders.

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology will prepare you for these roles and challenge you to grow as an educational technology leader!

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Certification Track prepares candidates to effectively integrate technology into their own teaching practice and assist other educators in utilizing technology to improve the teaching and learning process. It also prepares candidates to model best practices in the use of instructional technologies and to provide high-quality professional learning experiences for others. Candidates will be prepared to integrate technology into their own classroom and serve in the role of a Technology Coach for a school or district.

At the state level, the Certification Track is aligned to the GaPSC Standards for Instructional Technology. Nationally, the Certification Track is aligned to the ISTE Standards for Educators (ISTE-E) developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Effective for Cohorts Starting FALL 2021:
The School of Instructional Technology & Innovation at KSU has been recognized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE Certification Provider.  KSU is the first higher education program in Georgia to be awarded this distinction. What does this mean? Students enrolled in our Instructional Technology EDD certification track program will develop a portfolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators (ISTE-E). Upon graduation, students may choose to submit their portfolio for $250 to ISTE for ISTE Certification. KSU will be the only institution in Georgia offering the opportunity to become certified by both the GaPSC and ISTE! 

The Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Advanced Track is fully online and designed for educators who currently hold or aspire to hold a technology leadership position at the school, district, or state level. The Ed.D. is intended to deepen and broaden the educational technology leadership knowledge and skills of candidates. The program is based on the ISTE Standards for Technology Directors and the CoSN Framework of Essential Skills for K-12 CTOs.


Transfer Credit

Students who complete their Ed.S. in Instructional Technology at Kennesaw State University may apply up to 15 hours of their Ed.S. to the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology. Students who have completed their Ed.S. at other institutions within the last 5 years may have their transcripts analyzed to receive transfer credit toward the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at KSU.

Chalk & Wire Account

All students must purchase a Chalk & Wire account ($82) online from the KSU Bookstore if they do not already have an active account.



  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee. 
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to Your transcripts should reflect at least a Master's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Clear Renewable Georgia Teaching Certificate or Departmentally Approved Alternative - To print a copy of your Georgia clear, renewable certificate, you may log onto
  • Mentor Form - This should be from a current administrator at the building or district level with instructional technology knowledge and experience. 
  • Professional Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should document education, teaching experience, volunteer and service accomplishments, and record of leadership activities. Your resume MUST reflect at least three years of teaching experience. 
  • Professional Reflections Statement - Can be uploaded into the online application. Should reflect why you are interested in attending KSU for your doctoral studies, your technology leadership experiences, your career goals, and how the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology aligns with these goals. 
  • GRE Score Report (General Test)- Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary. 


This program accepts applications in Fall:

  • Term
  • Fall
    April 1

Please submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Their contact information, including mailing address, can be found here.


Graduate Programs in Education
Program Office: 470-578-6043 or 
Program Website:


Note to Georgia Educators

Georgia educators who wish to upgrade their Georgia certificate must already possess initial Georgia certification in Instructional Technology to improve their certificate level (6 to 7). The Ed.D. increases a Georgia T-6 to a T-7 and an S-6 to an S-7 IF (SEE ABOVE) you already have certification in Instructional Technology.