Ph.D. Teaching, Learning, & Technology


Foundations - 12 credits (4 required courses)

  • TLT 401  Overview of Teaching and Learning (3)
  • TLT 402  Critical Reading & Writing (3)
  • TLT 403  Instructional Design (3)
  • Educ 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives [or equivalent] (3)

Research - 12 credits (3 required courses, 1 elective, additional as required by adviser)

  • Educ 403  Research (3)
  • Educ 408  Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • Educ 409  Analysis of Experimental Data (3)
Electives (select at least one):
  • Educ 405  Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • Educ 410  Univariate Statistical Models (3)
  • Educ 411  Multivariate Statistical Models (3)
  • Educ 412  Advanced Applications of Psychometric Principles (3)
  • Educ 461  Single-Subject Research Design (3)
  • Or other statistical research course in TLT, COE, or CAS as approved by advisor.

Professional Cognate - 12 credits (1 required course + 3 electives)

  • TLT 480  Curriculum Theory and Design (3)
Electives (select at least 3):
  • TLT 458  Introduction to Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning (3)
  • TLT 460  Advanced Multimedia Programming and Resource Development for Learning (3)
  • TLT 462  Special Topics in Development of Instructional Resources and Technologies for Learning: Subtitle (3)
  • TLT 470  Technology for Teaching and Learning (3)
  • TLT 474  Large-scale Planning and Implementation of Educational Technology (3)
  • Educ 491  Advanced Seminars: Subtitle (1-6)
  • Educ 493  Internship in Teaching, Learning, and Technology (1-6)
  • Educ 496  Doctoral Research Seminar (3)
  • Or other learning and instruction elective course in TLT, COE, or CAS as approved by advisor.

Supervised Research Projects - 6 credits minimum

  • TLT 486  Doctoral Research Project (3)
  • TLT 499  Dissertation (3)


  • Field experience (Educ 493, 494, or 495), additional topic seminars, dissertation proposal or maintenance of candidacy, or elective with permission of advisor.

Professional Sub-Specialty - 6 credits

These credits are intended to advance the students' research agenda or career goals (such as a enhanced subject matter knowledge, mentored field/practical experiences with outreach programs, specialized coursework, college teaching, grant writing, and the like) with advisor approval.


Depending upon the specific courses you choose or research activities you engage in while pursuing your degree program, it may become necessary to obtain proper school placement clearances in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations.  See the College of Education Clearances Policy at:

Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination is designed to measure mastery across the TLT field, as acquired in the foundational and research coursework.  Student success on the Qualifying Examination is judged by an ad hoc TLT faculty committee of at least three members. Once a student completes these examinations satisfactorily, he or she moves on to additional coursework in the professional cognate.

In order to be eligible to take the Qualifying Examination, a student MUST have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher on graduate coursework completed at all institutions attended and must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credits toward his/her doctoral degree at Lehigh, including completion of TLT 401 and TLT 403.  A student cannot take additional degree coursework beyond 30 credits until he/she has passed the Qualifying Examination.

Doctoral Research Project (General Examination)

The General Examination is intended to demonstrate that a doctoral student is capable of completing their degree in a timely fashion by requiring students to apply the same types of research and writing skills they will need to complete their dissertations.  The doctoral research project is a small-scale empirical study that investigates some aspect of teaching and learning and its application.  This study would typically serve as a pilot study of a single component of the student's dissertation research. The doctoral research project comes between the qualifying examination and the dissertation.  A student cannot begin the doctoral research project until after he/she has passed the qualifying examination.  Students should begin the project upon completion of at least 30 semester hours of post-master’s coursework.  The doctoral research project must be completed and passed no less than seven months prior to the date of graduation.

The doctoral research project is completed under the direction of a TLT faculty member and its success is judged by an ad hoc committee of three faculty members. Once a student completes the doctoral research project satisfactorily, he/she moves on to dissertation proposal, completion, and defense.