Occupational and Technical Studies (PhD)

This PhD in Education, with a concentration in Occupational and Technical Studies, develops your competency for understanding and using qualitative and quantitative research methods and multivariate statistics to make data-based decisions.

There are three emphasis choices, each of which helps you apply your knowledge in today's complex educational environments and emerge as a leader in your chosen career.


Prerequisite courses:

  • OTED 635 Research Methods in Occupational and Technical Studies
  • ELS 732 Statistics Applied to Research in Educational Leadership - Data Driven Decision Making I
  • OTED 500 Curriculum Development in Occupational Education and Training
  • OTS 502 Instructional Strategies and Innovations in Training and Occupational Education
  • OTS 530 Instructional Technology in Education and Training

Please visit the department's web page for current curriculum details.

Admission Information

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.

Learning Environment

Courses in this program may be offered in these technologies:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Occupational and Technical Studies Careers

  • Research
  • Instructor
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Technology Consultant
  • Distance Education specialist
  • Administrator
  • Director
  • Course Developer
  • Training Coordinator
  • 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."

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $437
Students living outside of Virginia $456
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1089

Rates are effective Fall 2014 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.