EdD in Learning Technologies FAQs
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 to graduate. On average, students complete the program in 3 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 and master'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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to schedule a personal consultation.