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Learning and Instruction Doctoral Program

Applying Research and Educational Psychology to Diverse Learning Environments

The Doctoral Degree (EdD) in Learning and Instruction (L&I) provides professionals with methodological skills and substantive knowledge to make use of and contribute to the ever-changing knowledge base in learning, teaching, and instructional design.

Using the latest technology to assist in instructional delivery and support, coursework is offered in areas ranging from creativity and human abilities to performance assessment and essentials for teaching in higher education.

Flexibility is provided for the student and the advisor to design a program of study consistent with the student's intellectual and professional interests and goals, including relevant course offerings in other departments in the School of Education and even at other universities.

Program Structure

goldsteinrThe doctoral program consists of 60 credit hours of study beyond the master's degree and culminates in the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The 60 credit hours include credits in the following four categories. See more specifics on Program Structure.

  • 12 credits in foundation courses;
  • 30 credits specializing in learning and instruction;
  • 9 elective credits;
  • 9 credits devoted to dissertation proposal development, research, and writing.

Optional Concentration
There is also an option to obtain a concentration in special education (9 credits).


Teaching Weekend Schedule

To meet the needs of working professionals, the program follows a schedule of alternate weekend classes that convene nine times a semester (Friday evenings and all day Saturdays). See Teaching Weekend dates >>

Distinctive Features

  • Small classes
  • Expert faculty
  • Diverse and supportive environment
  • Emphasis on practical applications of coursework and research

Career Opportunities

The doctoral program opens career opportunities in a variety of areas. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired methodological research skills related to teaching, learning, and instructional design.

These skills are often in demand in educational as well as other professional settings. Our alumni include:

  • College and university faculty
  • Instructional designers
  • Directors of training and development
  • School and health profession administrators
  • Directors of educational technology
  • Researchers and consultants

Our Students

Because the doctoral program is designed for working professionals, the level and diversity of student knowledge and expertise in the classroom is a real asset to the program.

Doctoral students come from many backgrounds. Candidates include:

  • K-12 teachers
  • Principals
  • District and county office administrators
  • Consultants
  • Health professionals
  • Business and corporate leaders
  • University and community college instructors

Survey Report Card

A survey was conducted by the National Association of Graduate School Professionals to examine educational practices in doctoral programs across the U.S. Over 32,000 students from 1,300 doctoral programs responded to the survey.

The USF doctoral program in Learning and Instruction was rated as outstanding in numerous areas including: Teaching Excellence, Supportive Program Climate, Student Mentoring, Recruitment of Students from Underrepresented Groups, Strong Research Practices, and Effective Advisement. See the survey results.