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EdD in Learning Technologies

Program Overview

Cost: $1,720 per unit
Units: 51 units + 2 units per term until completion of dissertation
Terms: Fall
Length: 3.5 years
Location(s): West Los Angeles
Format: Online-Hybrid

The Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies program prepares students to lead learning technologies arms of schools, corporations, and other public and private organizations. This educational technology program is ideal for individuals with a high level of comfort and proficiency using technology and social media.

This EdD in Learning Technologies program is designed to provide students with the expertise to effectively leverage new and emerging learning technologies to facilitate learning and development in the workplace and school. Embracing the scholar-practitioner model of professional training, this program emphasizes experiential learning to support the development of agency in our students. Required national and international trips are woven into the program, providing students with access to leading researchers in the field, and a global perspective on technology and learning around the world. This program culminates in a doctoral dissertation.

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Quick Facts

  • $10,000+Scholarships Available
  • 1Trimester Abroad
  • 2Policy Trips
  • HybridProgram Format

Program Benefits

  • Prestigious doctoral program at the #46-ranked university in the US committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.*
  • Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance.
  • No GRE or any other standardized tests required. We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.
  • Convenient class schedules offered on weeknights and occasional weekends.
  • Hybrid format is ideal for working professionals to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online modalities. The online portion provides flexibility, while the classroom component offers an enhanced experience, a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning.
  • Robust online modules feature engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • Face-to-Face classes are conveniently located on our Irvine and West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and just off the 405 freeway.
  • Relevant and emerging field with strong projected employment growth and attractive earning potential.
  • Nationally-recognized faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Small class sizes and a low faculty: student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.
  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential connections with more than 110,000 professionals.
* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $101,480
GSEP scholarships available -$10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $91,480

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2019-2020 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

Career Outcomes

A doctorate in educational technology is valuable in many professional settings, including public and higher education institutions, and non-profit and governmental organizations. After earning your degree, you may pursue employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Director of Innovation
  • Educational Technologist
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Director of Learning

Employment Potential

  • Jobs for Instructional Coordinators will grow 11% between 2016 and 2026*
  • The average annual wage for Instructional Coordinators in California was $80,140 in 2017*
  • California had the highest employment level of Instructional Coordinators nationwide in 2017*

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017


Malia Hoffmann

I chose Pepperdine because, in my research in other EdD or PhD programs, I found that Pepperdine offered a wide variety of experiences worldwide, and it also was very applicable to what I wanted to do with my goals in my profession and also what I was currently doing.



Do I need a master's degree to apply to this program?

Yes. All applicants to our EdD in Learning Technologies program must have a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. We do not require that applicants have a master's degree in a specific field; we take a holistic approach to application review.

What is the required GPA?

We ask that candidates have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA from both their master's and baccalaureate programs; however, we review all applications holistically for individuals who show potential for success in our program. If you are concerned about your GPA you are welcome to include a brief "GPA Statement of Explanation" with your application.

What professional experience is needed to apply for the educational technology program?

All applicants should have at least three years of work experience in a technology rich environment. Leadership experience is a plus.

Do I have to take a standardized test (ex. MAT or GRE)?

Please refer to the our Admission Requirements webpage.

When is the application deadline?

Please see our Application Deadline webpage for current information.

When does the program start?

This program starts in the spring and fall semesters. We accept applications throughout the year.

Will I be able to apply my EdD/PhD towards a post-doctoral program?

Pepperdine GSEP and the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business have partnered together for the Bridge to Business Post-Doctoral Program. This 5-month program is an online hybrid with one weekend per month at Hough Graduate School of Business in Gainesville, FL.

The Bridge to Business Post-Doctoral Program prepares and qualifies graduates for teaching and research centers in AACSB accredited schools in the world and can attain Scholarly Academics (SA) status.

Pepperdine GSEP is offering a $6K scholarship for students and alumni who enroll. Please contact your enrollment officer for details and conditions.

What does rolling admission mean?

We begin reviewing applications at the start of each calendar year. Once an application is complete, it typically takes four to five weeks to receive an admissions decision. If an application is received after the deadline, it will be reviewed on a space-available basis. If the program is full, the applicant will be considered for the following year.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. Qualified applicants who have completed applications will be invited to participate in an interview through a technology medium with one of our faculty members.

How long does the educational technology program take to complete?

The first two years of the program cover three semesters each and are dedicated to completing coursework, including the Capstone Project. Following coursework, all students are required to complete their preliminary dissertation proposal and dissertation in order to graduate. On average, students complete the program in 3.5 years, but students have up to 8 years to complete their entire program.

I am an international applicant. What additional admission requirements do I need to submit?

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. Submitted transcripts must include a cumulative grade point average (GPA on a 4.0 scale, A = 4.0) that has been evaluated by a NACES member credential service (www.naces.org) such as the World Education Services, Inc. (www.wes.org) or the International Education Research Foundation (www.ierf.org)

If you have not completed your bachelor's degree at the time of application, submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope prior to enrollment.

Mailing Address:
Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology Admissions
6100 Center Drive 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a minimum passing score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). The computer-based TOEFL test requires a minimum passing score of 80. Information concerning the availability of this test in foreign countries can be obtained by contacting TOEFL, Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA or online at www.toefl.org. As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam. You can find out more at www.ielts.org

What is the format of the program?

This is a 60/40 blended program: 60% of your coursework will be face-to-face and 40% will be through synchronous and asynchronous online interactions.

Fall and spring semesters have two face-to-face sessions each, beginning on a Thursday evening and running through Sunday late afternoon. Summer semester has one face-to-face session. Students are expected to interact asynchronously each week. Chat sessions are held regularly, but not on a weekly basis.

What are the travel requirements for the program?

Since the locations of the face-to-face sessions vary from year to year, please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu for the most up-to-date information. 

What's the difference between an EdD and a PhD?

The PhD is research-focused, and prepares students to work in the field of research. The EdD focuses on applied research and prepares practitioners.

What kind of job opportunities will be available to me once I graduate from this program?

Graduates of this program are committed to making a difference through effective use of technology in the workplace, whether that workplace is a K-12 school, college or university, corporate environment, or government agency. Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, positions involving training and developing e-learning in corporations, instructing and heading online institutions, and using technology as an engine for community development.

How can I learn more about this doctoral program?

You are welcome to attend one of our formal in-person or online information sessions. To see the upcoming schedule and to RSVP, please visit our page on upcoming information sessions.

If you are unable to attend an information session, you are welcome to connect with the Admissions and Recruitment Team at gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu to schedule a personal consultation.

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Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology