Occupational and Technical Studies: Technology Education (PhD)

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

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.


You will take:

  • 18 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of research core courses
  • 12 credit hours in the Technology Education concentration
  • Six credit hours of electives
  • 12-15 credit hours of capstone courses (dissertation)
  • Two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA

Learning Environment

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

The rest of the classes in this program are offered in the following technology:

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

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.

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."

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 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.