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Admissions to Doctor of Philosophy


Application for Admission

Before you start the appication process, it is important to review all related information on this Ph.D. website as well as application information on the USF Graduate Admissions website. Additional information regarding applications to the College of Education are available at the College of Education Graduate Studie.

Once you're sure that you want to apply, you can complete your application online at the USF Graduate Admissions.

After completing the application, send original transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate Admissions Office, FAO 174, University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620-6900. The the Graduate School Application Checklist for more details.

The Ph.D. that focuses on Instructional Technology falls under the "umbrella" of Curriculum and Instruction.  When you apply, be sure to indicate that you are seeking a Ph.D.. with a Major in Curriculum and Instruction and a Concentration in Instructional Technology.

After your application materials are complete, the Graduate Admissions office will forward your application to the program. If your application looks promising, you'll be invited for an on-campus or Skype interview with the Instructional Technology faculty.

After you are admitted, you will work with your major professor in Instructional Technology to structure your program of study and your committee. 

If you have questions about your application,contact Todd Boyd via e-mail at ToddBoyd@usf.edu; if you have questions about the courses, or the program, contact Dr. Yiping Lou in the Instructional Technology program.


 


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. Program with concentration in Instructional Technology is very competitive. Simply meeting the basic admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

In order to be admitted to the program, you must have the following minimum qualifications:

Meet all general requirements for the College of Education.

  1. A Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent).

  2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in upper division level undergraduate coursework or a GPA of 3.5 at the Master's level.

  3. Three favorable academic and professional recommendations (submitted to the program coordinator of the program of interest, or the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the department)

In addition, all applicants must meet the following IT program-specific requirements:

  1. Hold a Master's degree in a field related to IT

  2. Submit strong, official (sealed in an envelope or recorded on transcript) Graduate Record Examination Verbal, Quantitative, & Analytical Writing subscores.  (Means among current active students are at or above V:550, Q:610, & AW:4.5, on the GRE scale used prior to June 2011, which is equivalent to V: 156, Q: 149, & AW: 4.5, on the new GRE scale)

  3. Provide an appropriate written statement of Professional and Research Goals

  4. Provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that documents professional experiences related to teaching and learning

  5. Demonstrate substantial expertise in these areas of Instructional Technology:

  6. Knowledge of at least one programming/authoring language (equivalent of EME 6930 PLE: Web Programming I or Flash)

  7. Knowledge of software and hardware used to employ electronic media devices; use and application of a variety of electronic media, video devices, and audio devices (equivalent of EME 6936 Interactive Media)

  8. Knowledge of fundamentals of instructional design for technology-based systems (equivalent of EDF 6284 Problems in Instructional Design for Computers)

  9. Knowledge of more advanced computer literacy (equivalent of EME 6936 AET: Internet in Education)



Application Deadlines

Admissions are made for the fall and spring semesters only. There are no admissions accepted for the summer semester. Any applications submitted for admittance for a summer semester will be held until the following fall semester before being reviewed.

Applicants are responsible for submitting applications before the appropriate program or university application deadlines. Applications are considered "on time" if they are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions on or before the appropriate deadline.

Application Deadlines by Semester:

Fall:  March 15*
Spring:  October 15*

*Deadline for applicantions seeking gradaute fellowships: January 15 for Fall semester admission only.

Submission of applications after these dates may result in your acceptance into the program being delayed until the next semester. So please submit your completed application paperwork prior to the above stated deadlines.

All applications are held until the respective deadline dates have passed. Approximately 30 days after each deadline, applications are evaluated and processed based upon available spaces in the program and the competitive transcripts and test scores submitted by applicants. All applicants will be notified via email to inform them of their status after the evaluation process is complete.

 


Checklist for Application

CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED ELEMENTS FOR DOCTORAL PROGRAM APPLICATION

Submit the following information to: USF Graduate Admissions, FAO 100N

___ 1. COMPLETED APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

___ 2. RECENT TRANSCRIPT AND GRE SCORES INDICATING:

___ A) VALID MASTER'S DEGREE IN A RELATED FIELD

___ B) MASTER'S GPA OF 3.5 OR 3.0 AS UPPER-DIVISION UNDERGRADUATE

___ C) STRONG VERBAL, QUANTITATIVE, & ANALYTICAL WRITING GRE SUBSCORES

___ 3. THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

___ 4. PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH GOALS STATEMENT

___ 5. CURRICULUM VITAE

___ 6. PDG COPY OF MASTER'S THESIS OR PDF COPY OF A SAMPLE OF YOUR ACADEMIC WRITING Subscore)

___ 7. EVIDENCE OF POSSESSION OF THE FOLLOWING COMPETENCIES:

____ A) HAVE TAKEN EME 6930 OR EQUIVALENT (Knowledge of a programming or authoring language)

____ B) HAVE TAKEN EME 6936 INTERACTIVE MEDIA OR EQUIVALENT (e.g. knowledge of software for developing interactive multimedia, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Captivate, Premier, Moviemaker, iMovie, Audacity, etc.)

____ D) HAVE TAKEN EDF 6284 PROBLEMS IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN FOR COMPUTERS OR EQUIVALENT (e.g. Knowledge of fundamentals of instructional design for technology-based systems)

 


Finacial Aid

You may be eligible for various types of financial aid -- see the Instructional Technology Financial Aid page and the USF Financial Aid website.  In addition, Graduate Assistantships are awarded by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies.  These assistantships require research, teaching, or administrative service totaling approximately 20 hours per week. Tuition waivers may also be available to graduate students, providing for the forgiveness of either in-state or out-of-state fees. These waivers may be combined with an assistantship or awarded separately.


 

 


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