Combine Innovative Learning and Technology
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology integrates psychology with technology, instruction and learning to inform research. This College of Doctoral Studies' broad research Phoenix psychology degree is the 21st century version of a curriculum and instruction degree, which allows you the opportunity to incorporate technology, learning and psychology to optimize success in working and teaching environments.
This PhD in instructional technology typically appeals to those looking to advance their career in business, social media, government, technology or institutions of higher education. When you enroll in this doctorate in educational technology, you dive deeply into research, statistical analysis and evidence-based outcomes to improve the use of technology and research in various environments, including private and public enterprise, nonprofits and educational institutions.
Grand Canyon University's online PhD in psychology program also includes an integrated dissertation process and two in-person Doctoral Residencies.
Please note: This PhD in psychology does not lead directly to licensure. Entry into this doctorate of philosophy degree program requires a graduate degree and related coursework.
Enrich Your Knowledge in Teaching with Technology
The PhD in educational technology program examines the social, group and multicultural factors affecting individual behavior, the influence of mass communication on social awareness and control. Explore the construction, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests to measure learning outcomes. Study the integration of psychology with technology, instruction and learning to research and create solutions.
What You Will Learn
Learn About Teaching and Technology
The doctorate in instructional technology examines:
- The psychology of applying technology to individuals, organizations and communities
- Assessing the risks and benefits associated with the use of technology
- Strategies for building communities and social networks
- The psychology of change at organization, community and social network levels
Gain Skills for the Fastest Growing Career
If you are considering this PhD in instructional technology program, you may be interested in becoming an industrial organizational psychologist. If so, your career future may be bright: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession will grow 53 percent from 2012 to 2022, making it the fastest growing career.*
*Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Program Core Courses
This course introduces students to the principal elements of research and scholarly writing. Learners explore approaches to synthesizing literature and the application of the major components of APA form and style, and learn to coordinate literature searches. Furthermore, they learn how to discern principal arguments, analyze research questions, and clearly identify the key scholarly attributes to journal articles and other sources of scholarly data. This course also introduces learners to the University’s overarching values and beliefs regarding research and the responsibility scholars have in continuing a tradition of contributing to an ever-growing body of knowledge.
This course is an introduction to the nature, origins, and history of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. Although not a clinically based course, the course does address the psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic strategies used to assist individuals with managing personal and inter-personal issues leading to improved mental health.
This course examines the historical and theoretical background of the behavioristic movement and its major works. The course also examines methods and techniques to help teach and learn new behaviors as well as the concepts and strategies to diminish or eliminate unwanted behaviors.
The course provides an overview of the approaches to inquiry and the methods applied to gain knowledge of the human condition including epistemology and hermeneutic interpretation. These approaches and methods are contrasted with those applied to inquiry in the natural sciences. Consideration is given to the broader social and cultural components that contribute to the refinement of existing knowledge and the creation of new knowledge in the social and human sciences.
This course discusses foundational theoretical research in areas such as cognition, motivation, learning, communications, and collaboration. Applications to both learning and communications solutions are addressed as are research initiatives.
This course explores the historical roots, theoretical foundations, major works, and guiding philosophy of Humanistic, Transpersonal and Existential (HTE) psychology. This course also examines the different approaches to studying HTE as it relates to human motivation, needs, will, love, and existence in a contemporary world.
This residency allows students to begin developing their skills as academic researchers. Residency sessions address topics such as research question development, design, item generation, subscale development and analysis, and basic hypothesis testing. Students have hands-on experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis software.
This course provides a study of theories of probability, descriptive and inferential analyses of data, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods.
This course enables the learner to research current and emerging technologies in learning and communications. The psychology of applying technology to individuals, organizations, and communities, and the assessment of risks and benefits associated with the use of technology are discussed.
This course enables the learner to create strategies for building communities and social networks. The areas of psychology relevant to collaboration, communities, mass communications, and social networking are discussed. The psychology of change at the organization, community, and social network levels is also addressed.
This course provides students with an overview of qualitative methods and offers students the opportunity to apply and interpret qualitative research. Topics include data collection, data analysis, appropriate qualitative inquiry, and theories of qualitative methods.
This course enables the learner to use a systematic design process to develop learning and communication solutions. The psychologies of creativity and innovation are discussed in the contexts of the design process and their influences on scholarly research.
This residency prepares students to present their scholarly work and to thoughtfully critique the work of others. Students orally present papers developed in their own classes and respond to questions from colleagues. Students are further prepared to become active members in academic communities by learning how to review papers and provide comments.
This course serves as the foundation for ethical study in the field of psychology. Ethical issues in research, writing, psychotherapy, forensic psychology, and animal research are covered. The origins of ethical practices—including the philosophical theories of ethics, the Christian worldview, and the APA code of ethics—are also addressed.
Learners complete a cogent research prospectus as the foundation for their dissertation research proposal. Emphasis is placed on fully articulating a study design and methodology that is aligned with the research questions and developing the first iteration (draft) of Chapter 3 of the dissertation. Prerequisite: RES-855 or RES-866.
The integration of psychology, technology, and learning is discussed as it relates to innovative research and solutions for learning and communications. The development of a rationale for integration and change including factors such as costs, benefits, and risks is addressed as learners integrate theories, such as social intelligence, to enable successful change.
In this course, learners formalize their research proposal specific to their topic. Emphasis is placed on fully developing Chapter 1 and incorporating Chapters 2 and 3 (drafts) from previous research courses. This proposal becomes the first three chapters of the dissertation upon approval of the final draft by the College of Doctoral Studies. Prerequisite: RES-880.
This course introduces students to the final phase of the doctoral study in psychology: the doctoral dissertation. Students plan, conduct, analyze, and interpret original research, and submit their final product for approval during an oral defense. This course offers students the opportunity to select an appropriate topic, and draft the first three sections of their dissertation (introduction, literature review, and methods).
Following successful completion of PSY-955, students continue their work toward the completion of their dissertation by gaining both committee and IRB approval for their proposal, conducting their data collection in accordance with the methods selected in their proposal, and analyzing the results. By the end of this course, students should have the fourth chapter of their dissertation completed. Prerequisite: PSY-955.
Following successful completion of the two preceding dissertation courses, students finish their work on their doctoral dissertation and submit it for final approval during the oral defense. This course affords students the opportunity to draft a discussion section that interprets their findings, as well as an abstract that summarizes their findings. Students also draft their front and back matter, including appendices, tables, and a reference section. The final step in this course is to defend the doctoral dissertation, obtain final committee approval, and submit the document for publication. Prerequisite: PSY-960.
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Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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