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Doctor of Education (90 points)

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Doctor of Education degree with three tracks: second language acquisition, second language assessment, and language use. Please see the track descriptions below for detailed curriculum information. At this time, we are not accepting applications for the Ed.D. in TESOL degree. 

Students who did not receive their M.A. or Ed.M. from Teachers College will be expected to have completed all the required courses or their equivalent from the Ed.M. program.

Doctoral students have four types of requirements: concentration requirements, elective and breadth course requirements, research methods and statistics requirements, and doctoral candidacy requirements. All course decisions should be made in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. 

Transfer Courses (45 or 60 points):

  • Students with an M.A. or Ed.M. from Teachers College can use up to 60 prior TC credits toward their Ed.D. program. Students from other institutions may be eligible to transfer up to 45 points from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. All points transferred must be from coursework relevant to the degree program enrolled in, and any transfer of points must meet the approval of the student's faculty advisor.

Candidacy Requirements (15 points; courses may be retaken):

  • A&HL 5507            Research paper in applied linguistics (3)
  • A&HL 6507            Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics (3)
  • A&HL 7507            Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics (3)
  • A&HL 8907            Dissertation advisement TESOL and applied linguistics (0)

When doctoral students reach approximately 45 points in the program and have been at Teachers College for at least one year, they are eligible to register for and attend a doctoral seminar every semester.

Doctoral preparation involves three successive stages:

  1. Development of qualitative and quantitative research literature and methods
  2. Identification of a dissertation topic
  3. Presentation of a prospectus

Doctoral students are required to demonstrate research preparedness in a substantive area by passing the research paper at the 5500 level, the certification exam and certification at the 6500 level, and the dissertation proposal at the 7500 level.


Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics (90 points; Second Language Acquisition Track)

The second language acquisition track requires a minimum of 90 points beyond the bachelor's degree. 

Concentration Requirements for Second Language Acquisition (15 points):

  • A&HL 5008             Interlanguage analysis (3)
  • A&HL 5087             Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)
  • A&HL 5097             Task-based Language Teaching (3)
  • A&HL 6087             Advanced second language acquisition (3)
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics Requirements for Second Language Acquisition (15 points):

To ensure that students have the skills to do scholarly research in an area of concentration, they are required to take a minimum of 15 points in research methods, statistics, and measurement. Depending on the type of dissertation, they may be asked to take additional courses in linguistic analysis, qualitative methods, or quantitative methods.

  • A&HL 5575              Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • Four courses from the following:
    • A&HL 6000              Second language test validation (3)
    • A&HL 6040              Classroom-based language assessment (3)
    • A&HL 6060              Generalizability theory for second language testing (3)
    • A&HL 6089              Second language performance assessment (3)
    • C&T 5502                Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (3)
    • HUDM 4050            Introduction to measurement (3)
    • HUDM 4122            Probability and statistical inference (3)
    • HUDM 5122            Applied regression analysis (3)
    • HUDM 5123            Linear models and experimental design (3)
    • ITSF 4092                Qualitative research and evaluation in international education (3)
    • ITSF 5000                Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (3)
    • ITSF 5001                Ethnography and participant observation: Structural and interpretive analysis (3)
    • ITSF 5002                Ethnography and participant observation: Comparative and qualitative analysis (3)
    • ORLJ 4009                Understanding behavioral research (3)

Elective and Breadth Course Requirements for Second Language Acquisition (15 points):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (9 points):
    • Chosen with advisor's approval
  • Out-of-program breadth courses (6 points of any combination):
    • BBS 5068                Brain and behavior I (2)
    • BBS 5069                Brain and behavior II (2)
    • HBSK 4074              Development of reading comprehension strategies and study skills (2-3)
    • HBSK 5096              Psychology of memory (2-3)
    • HUDK 4015             Psychology of thinking (2-3)
    • HUDK 4029             Human cognition and learning (2-3)
    • HUDK 4035             Technology and human development (2-3)
    • HUDK 4080             Educational psychology (2-3)
    • HUDK 5021             Personality development and socialization in childhood (2-3)
    • HUDK 5023             Cognitive development (2-3)
    • HUDK 5024             Language development (2-3)
    • HUDK 5025             Spatial thinking (2-3)
    • HUDK 5029             Personality development and socialization across the lifespan (2-3)
    • HUDK 5030             Visual explanations (2-3)
    • HUDK 5039             Design of intelligent learning environments (2-3)
    • HUDK 5090             Psychology of language and reading (2-3)
    • MSTU 4133             Cognition and computers (2-3)

Transfer Courses (up to 45 points; see above)

Candidacy Requirements (15 points; see above)


Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics (90 points; Second Language Assessment Track)

The second language assessment track requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree.

Concentration Requirements for Second Language Assessment (6-9 points):

  • A&HL 5512             Historical perspectives on language testing research (3)
  • A&HL 5519             Instructed second language acquisition and assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6000             Second language test validation (3)
  • A&HL 6040             Classroom-based language assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6060             Generalizability theory for second language testing (3)
  • A&HL 6089             Second language performance assessment (3)
  • A&HL 6407             Internship in applied linguistics and TESOL: Assessment lab (3)
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics Requirements for Second Language Assessment (also serves to fulfill the 6-point, Out-of-Department breadth requirement) (15 points):

To ensure that students have the skills to do scholarly research in an area of concentration, they are required to take a minimum of 15 points in research methods, statistics, and measurement. Depending on the type of dissertation, they may be asked to take additional courses in linguistic analysis, qualitative methods, or quantitative methods.

  • A&HL 5575               Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • HUDM 4050              Introduction to measurement (3)
  • HUDM 4122              Probability and statistical interference (3)
  • HUDM 5122              Applied regression analysis (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • C&T 5502       Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum and teaching (3)
    • HUDM 5123    Linear models and experimental design (3)
    • HUDM 5124    Multidimensional scaling and clustering (3)
    • HUDM 6030    Multilevel and longitudinal data analysis (3)
    • HUDM 6051    Psychometric theory I (3)
    • HUDM 6052    Psychometric theory II (3)
    • HUDM 6055    Latent structure analysis (3)
    • HUDM 6122    Multivariate analysis I (3)
    • HUDM 6123    Multivariate analysis II (3)
    • Various topics courses (3) (needs advisor's approval)

Elective and Breadth Course Requirements for Second Language Assessment (12-15 points):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (9 points):
    • Chosen with advisor's approval
  • Required out-of-program breadth courses, including the courses below or those in the Research Methods and Statistics section above (6 points of any combination):
    • HUDK 4029     Human cognition and learning (2-3)
    • HUDK 4035     Technology and human development (2-3)
    • HUDK 4074     Reading comprehension strategies and study skills (2-3)
    • HUDK 4080     Educational psychology (2-3)
    • HUDK 5023     Cognitive development (2-3)
    • HUDK 5024     Language development (2-3)
    • HUDK 5039     Design of intelligent learning environments (2-3)
    • MSTU 4008     Information technology and education (2-3)
    • MSTU 4036     Hypermedia and education (2-3)
    • MSTU 4133     Cognition and computers (2-3)

Transfer Courses (up to 45 points; see above)

Candidacy Requirements (15 points; see above)


Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics (90 points; Language Use Track)

The language use track requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree.

Concentration Requirements for Language Use (9 points):

  • A&HL 4020             Interactional sociolinguistics (3)
  • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
  • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
  • A&HL 4106             Text and textuality (3)
  • A&HL 5105             Classroom discourse (3)
  • A&HL 5106             Language Socialization (3)
  • A&HL 6031             Advanced conversation analysis (3)
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics Requirements for Language Use (6 points minimum):

To ensure that students have the skills to do scholarly research in an area of concentration, they are required to take a minimum of 6 points in research methods, statistics, and measurement. Depending on the type of dissertation, they may be asked to take additional courses in linguistic analysis, qualitative methods, or quantitative methods.

  • A&HL 5575              Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • One course from the following:
    • HUDM 4122   Probability and statistical inference (3)
    • ITSF 5000      Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (3)
    • Additional courses chosen with advisor's approval

Elective and Breadth Course Requirements for Language Use (15 points):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (9 points):
    • Chosen with advisor's approval
  • Required out-of-program breadth courses (6 points of any combination):
    • ITSF 5003      Culture and communication (2-3)
    • ITSF 5016      Ethnography of education (2-3)
    • Additional courses chosen with advisor's approval

Transfer Courses (up to 45 points; see above)

Candidacy Requirements (15 points; see above)


Doctor of Education in TESOL (90 points; PK-12 education track)

At this time, we are not accepting applications for this degree.

The TESOL PK-12 education track requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree. 

Concentration Requirements for TESOL PK-12 Education (9-15 points):

  • A&HL 4030             Second language literacy development (3)
  • A&HL 4104             Discourse analysis (3)
  • A&HL 5577             Language teacher education: Supervision (3)
  • A&HL 6207             Advanced fieldwork in AL and TESOL
  • Various topics courses (3)

Research Methods and Statistics Requirements for TESOL PK-12 Education (15 points; chosen with advisor's approval):

To ensure that students have the skills to do scholarly research in an area of concentration, they are required to take a minimum of 6 points in research methods, statistics, and measurement. Depending on the type of dissertation, they may be asked to take additional courses in linguistic analysis, qualitative methods, or quantitative methods.

  • A&HL 5575             Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)
  • Four courses from the following:
    • C&T 5502             Introduction to qualitative research in curriculum & teaching (3)
    • HUDM 4050          Introduction to measurement (3)
    • HUDM 4122          Probability and statistical inference (3)
    • ITSF 5000            Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation (3)
    • ITSF 5016            Ethnography of education (3)

Elective and Breadth Course Requirements for Second Language Acquisition (15 points):

  • Elective courses or workshops in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (9 points):
    • A&HL 4105             Conversation analysis (3)
    • A&HL 5008             Interlanguage analysis (3)
    • A&HL 5011             Technology-based language teaching and materials design (3)
    • A&HL 5087             Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)
    • A&HL 5105             Classroom discourse (3)
    • A&HL 6040             Classroom-based language assessment (3)
  • Out-of-program breadth courses (6 points of any combination):
    • Various topical courses in bilingual/bicultural education (2-3)
    • A&HE 4150             Teaching literacies in secondary maths, science, and the humanities (2-3)
    • A&HF 4194             Dialogue and difference in the multicultural classroom (2-3)
    • A&HW 5030             Diversity and the social studies curriculum (2-3)
    • BBSN 5070             Neural bases of language and cognitive development (2-3)
    • BBSQ 5044             Speech and language perception and processing (2-3)
    • C&T 4001             Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms (2-3)
    • HUDK 4029             Human cognition and learning (2-3)
    • ITSF 4025             Languages, society, and schools (2-3)
    • MSTC 4007             Urban and multicultural science education (2-3)
    • MSTM 5010             Mathematics in the elementary school (2-3)
    • MSTU 4008             Information technology and education (2-3)
    • ORLJ 5046             Intercultural communications in organizational contexts (2-3)

Transfer Courses (up to 45 points; see above)

Candidacy Requirements (15 points; see above)