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This program is designed to prepare graduates for university, school system, government or related employment positions. You'll develop expertise in designing and delivering education programs based on Standards for Technological Literacy.

Upon graduation, you will have a Ph.D. in Occupational and Technical Studies with a concentration in Technology Education.

Technology education is an applied discipline that is used to prepare teachers, and professionally develop them, so that they can design programs to meet the technological literacy requirements of all students.

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Required Courses

  • 60 credit hours minimum

You will complete core courses in research and Occupational and Technical Studies, electives, a concentration in technology education, and a dissertation.

Two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA, are required.

Please visit the ODU graduate catalog for current curriculum details. 

Online Learning Environment

Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

This program requires students to attend two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA.

Careers in Technology Education

  • Higher Education Faculty
  • STEM Educator
  • Technology Literacy Advocate
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Technology Consultant
  • Distance Education Specialist
  • Administrator/Director
  • Researcher

Note for students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council:

"This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

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Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

In addition to admittance to ODU as a degree-seeking graduate student, you will need to have a master's degree in an appropriate field related to Occupational and Technical Studies in order to be considered for admission to this PhD in Education program.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

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Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.