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Online EdD in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences

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Master the Systems of Learning with an Online Doctorate Program

100% Online

3.5 to 4 Years

61 Credit Hours

$465 per Credit (In-State)

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Lead to Your Full Potential in the Classroom and Beyond

Transform early and digital learning environments through an in-depth understanding of complex systems with a Doctorate in Education in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences from Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM).

In this fully online program, you’ll explore action research and social and cultural dynamics in the learning environment to accelerate your teaching career.

Program Details

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Specialize Your Online EdD

AUM’s online Doctorate in Education in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences program offers concentrations that will give you the tailored experience you need for your next career move. Regardless of your specific role, you’ll find courses that will deepen your practical knowledge.

Instructional Technology

Course Highlights

  • Instructional Design
  • Principles of Teaching at a Distance
  • Technology and Adult Learning Theory

Early Childhood

Explore advanced research and statistics behind early childhood teaching methods and principles.

Course Highlights

  • Measurement and Evaluation in Teaching
  • Teachers as Researchers in Education
  • The Urban and Rural Educator

Data-Driven Online Courses

11 Online Courses

Expert Faculty

The courses in AUM’s online EdD in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences program are designed to give you practical knowledge in specific subject areas such as learning strategies, educational psychology, and more. You’ll also have the choice of a concentration to tailor the program to your specific needs.

This degree is fully online and asynchronous, which will ensure you can fit learning into your busy schedule.

Course Highlights

  • Digital and Interactive Media Design in Education
  • Managerial Strategies in a Culturally Diverse Workplace
  • Principles of Teaching at a Distance
  • The Science of Learning
Curriculum Details


Application Deadline 07/01/24 Fall 2024 Semester

Start Date 08/19/24 Fall 2024 Semester

Applying to the Doctorate in Education in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences program can be completed anytime, and our enrollment team will give you the help you need. You can find more information on how to get started in the chart below.

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Application Fee$25
Degree and Minimum GPAApplicants must have a master’s degree in an education field with at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Additional Requirements
  • Three recommendation letters (former professors, current or prior supervisor, community/government leaders, mentors, experts in the field of interest but excluding family members)
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Provide a writing sample
  • Participate in an admission interview
  • Alabama Certification of Teachers Fingerprint Inquiry Clearance (you may view the Cogent Systems Web site at to accomplish the fingerprint process)
Concentration-Specific Requirements
  • The Instructional Technology concentration requires a master’s from an accredited institution
  • The Early Childhood concentration requires a master’s from an accredited institution or verified equivalent work experience.
  • Individuals applying for the Early Childhood concentration who lack a degree or certification in early childhood should have recent experience as a director, lead teacher, or early childhood program manager. Experience verification utilizing ALSDE guidelines will be conducted to ensure that the applicant possesses foundational knowledge and skills required for success in the proposed concentration.
Transfer CreditsTransfer up to 12 credit hours. Students who completed their EdS at AUM may be able to use up to 30 hours from the EdS in the EdD program. Request information for details.

AUM offers rolling admissions, so it’s always a great time to apply. If you have questions, request information to connect with our admissions team.

Admissions Details

An Affordable Online EdD Built for Success

At AUM, we are proud to be ranked a best value school by U.S. News & World Report.1 Our fully online EdD in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences is designed to give you a valuable education for a price you can afford. In this program, you’ll explore practical, in-depth courses and have the opportunity to work with professors who are experts in their field. To find out more about program costs, you can reference the chart below.

Cost per Credit Hour

$465 for Alabama residents and $511 for non-residents

Total Number of Credit Hours61
Total Estimated Cost, Minus Fees$27,900 – $30,660
Additional Fees
  • Technology fee: $10/credit hour
  • Online fee: $40/credit hour
  • Administrative service fee: $35/semester
Other Costs to Budget ForYou may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies, and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your degree.

Military Benefits

Auburn University at Montgomery is proud to support the educational goals of military veterans, active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, and their families. We participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, and Military Friendly® ranked us among the Top 10 schools for 2023-2024. Moreover, our Veteran and Military Resource Center offers an array of resources for fostering a smooth admissions process and online student experience.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At AUM, we strive to make your online degree program as affordable as possible, with cost-effective tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA® form to determine your financial aid eligibility — the school code for Auburn University at Montgomery is 008310.

Tuition Details
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Accelerate Your Career with an Online Doctorate in Education

By earning your Doctorate in Education in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences degree at AUM, you’ll position yourself to find a new career or advance your current career in fields like training and development, instructional coordination, classroom teaching, childcare administration, and more. You’ll also have access to our Career Development Center, which will help you explore different opportunities for advancement in your field.

Alabama Salaries for a Doctorate in Education

Instructional Coordinator $81,410 per year3

Education Administrator $87,950 per year3

Program Outcomes

An EdD in Instructional Systems and Learning Sciences degree will help you reach your professional goals by strengthening your knowledge of technology and its uses in the classroom and beyond. The learning outcomes for this fully online program were built around Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards, and will strengthen skills in leadership, communication, and technology application. Upon completion of the online doctorate of education program, you will be prepared to advance your career in a variety of education fields.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

At AUM, you’ll feel supported by expert faculty members who bring valuable teaching and professional backgrounds to each online class. Our online instructors have completed extensive training in designing and teaching online courses, further elevating your experience as an online student.

Timothy Lewis

Dr. Timothy Lewis

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Lewis, Associate Professor

Dr. Timothy Lewis earned his PhD in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Instructional Technology and an MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama. He has earned Alabama certifications in Instructional Leadership (K-12), early childhood education, and elementary education. His professional experiences in K-12 public schools include being a school bus para-educator, teaching pre-kindergarten and serving as an Alabama reading initiative reading coach. He also served in various capacities with Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Even Start Family Literacy Program (2001-2004), as a clinical assistant professor (The University of Alabama), and as an instructional design consultant for The University of Alabama’s Superintendents’ Academy.

Lewis draws upon his academic preparation and experiences in management, leadership, instruction, and technology to provide learning opportunities for future teachers and instructional leaders. He teaches courses in instructional technology. Lewis’s research interests include exploring the integration of technology into clinical supervision, the impact of social networking on learning environments, and distance learning pedagogy.

Lewis’s scholarship includes refereed book chapters, seven refereed publications, 18 international/national presentations, and 49 regional/state presentations. He is a certified Quality Matters instructor and a CAEP reviewer, and he has served on various technology committees at the state and regional levels. He was a member of the 2018 Alabama Digital Literacy and Computer Science Course of Study Committee.

A Quality Experience for Online Learners

Earn your degree online from Auburn University at Montgomery to experience a quality education with the flexibility to succeed in class and your career. You can complete your coursework using your laptop or mobile device with opportunities to study when and where it’s convenient.

  • Academic support: Access online advising and tutoring
  • Career services: Prepare to succeed after graduation
  • Help desk: Get technical assistance for your program
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  1. U.S. News & World Report. “Auburn University at Montgomery Rankings.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  2. Military Friendly®. “Auburn University at Montgomery.” Retrieved January 18, 2024, from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. “May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Alabama.” Retrieved January 8, 2024, from