PhD in Information Technology 2011-11-22T02:18:58+00:00

Information Technology Education specialization

The fast-growing field of postsecondary teaching is projected to create the most new jobs of any doctoral-level occupation. The need is particularly acute in popular, fast-growing fields of study, such as information technology. Position yourself to take advantage of these opportunities through this online PhD in IT specialization in Information Technology Education. The specialization combines in-depth analysis, critical thinking, research, and scholarly writing with skill development in advanced teaching techniques and curriculum design. Specialization outcomes were reviewed by faculty participating in the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education (SIGITE). As part of this specialization, you may apply for and receive a Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching from Capella, as well as your PhD. People who choose this specialization are often postsecondary IT instructors seeking advancement, or IT professionals who want to teach or consult. (


  • IT Research and Practice
  • Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Education
  • Theory & Method of Educating Adults
  • Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Management
  • PhD Colloquium Track 1 (Arlington, VA)
  • Quantitative Research Techniques
  • Survey of Research Literature in Information Technology Planning

Upcoming Courses:

  • Teaching Adults
  • IT Delivery
  • Information Technology Technical Foundations
  • Classroom Assessment in Education
  • Phd Colloquium Track 2
  • Effective Online Course Design, Delivery, Facilitation and Assessment
  • Information Technology Strategy and Management
  • Survey of Applied Research Methods
  • Advances in Information Technology
  • Phd Colloquium Track 3
  • Teaching Practice Seminar in Information Technology Education
  • Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation Courseroom
  • Dissertation Research 1

Experience – Services

  • Business System Analyst

    The position of Business Systems Analyst has always been Dr. Sullivan’s first love in her long career in the IT industry. She began working as a Business Systems Analyst in 1993 and was immediately drawn to the challenge presented by this position. As a Business… Read more…

  • Computer Systems Analyst

    Dr. Sullivan began working as a Computer Systems Analyst in 1990. During the last 17 years, her ability to research a company’s needs and to make the appropriate recommendations for moving forward has reached a high level of expertise. Dr. Sullivan’s meticulous method of examining… Read more…

  • Database Specialist

    In her position of Database Administrator and Database Analyst, Dr. Sullivan uses her knowledge and substantial experience in IT to protect the integrity of each company’s data. Part of her responsibilities includes making the needed data available to the client and the employees. An understanding… Read more…

  • Software Architect

    Dr. Sullivan’s natural inclination toward both the technical and the mechanical workings of computer systems are assets that have served her well since 2008 in her position as Software Architect. Her technical nature partnered with years of study and hands-on experience has allowed her to… Read more…

  • IT Auditor

    In her position of IT Auditor, Dr. Sullivan creates a solid information technology infrastructure while collaborating with clients to devise and implement policies and procedures to ensure network security. Due to the rapidly changing world of IT, keeping her technological skills current is a prime… Read more…

Quality Information Systems (web or software applications) are the backbone of most business operations today (whether client-facing or internal), yet, according to Research studies “one-third of business stakeholders are dissatisfied with the quality of their current information systems.”

A poorly integrated and tested information system severely effects on an organization’s clients, sales, partnerships, employees and financial bottom line.

Security, cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented architectures, mobile deployments, and ever-changing compliance requirements all strain the performance of information systems and the abilities of IT department or team.