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School of Education

Doctor of Education in Instructional Design & Performance Technology

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School of Education

Unique & Innovative


Learn how to harness instructional design and performance technology to improve efficiency in the workplace.

Tell Me More

The online Ed.D. in IDPT program prepares professionals to use instructional design and performance technology, particularly in the growing field of online learning and training, to lead and direct the training and performance in a variety of workplaces. It is the only online doctoral program of its type in the region.

Based on competencies from the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction, Baker developed the curriculum with input from an advisory panel with a wide range of backgrounds, including company presidents and CEOs, instructional design professionals, performance improvement consultants, project managers, multimedia learning specialists, e-learning developers, software engineers, and scholars in the field.

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You can Do this

Classes are held online and course work and dissertation can be finished in about three years.

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Exceptional Experience


Learn From The Best

All faculty are experienced professionals in instructional design, training, or performance and bring diverse perspectives to each course.

Financial Aid

Baker graduate programs are approved for federal financial loan programs. Contact Financial Aid for further information.


The Ed.D. in IDPT program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission (312.263.0456, hlcommission.org).


What makes the Baker Ed.D. in IDPT program distinctive is that it unites instructional design and technology (the design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of learning) with human performance technology (the systematic approach to improving individual and organizational performance).
Most programs concentrate on one or the other. By combining these two fields into an Ed.D. degree, candidates will come away with the knowledge and unique set of skills necessary to lead and direct the future training and performance needs of their organizations in the corporate, military, health care, and government sectors, and in PK-12 education and higher education.

Dr. Marc Childress | Vice President for Academic Affairs

This program has already opened many doors for me.
The professors do a great job finding quality speakers to come to the classes and I have made many connections.

Amy | Class of 2020

Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

Transfer Graduate Hours

Dissertation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Required Courses


Directed Field Experience

Program Design

  • The online Ed.D. in IDPT program fits the demanding schedules of working professionals.
  • Each online course lasts seven weeks.
  • The Ed.D. in IDPT is delivered in our popular cohort model.
  • Course work is completed in two years.
  • The third year is devoted to completing the dissertation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need specific experience or education to qualify for this program?

2. How long is the program?

3. Do I need to take the GRE?

4. I am a classroom teacher. Am I eligible for this program?

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