TESOL EdD

Doctor of Education in TESOL


Conduct groundbreaking scholarly research and make a global impact as a leader in the field with this 90-point Doctor of Education in TESOL, PK-12.

Doctor of Education

  • Major Code: TESL
  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 2
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 1

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • See program website for TOEFL/IELTS policies and score minimums for non-native English speakers
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Video essay required (included in online application)

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. 

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.

Students who fail a doctoral certification exam may re-take part or all of the exam one time. Faculty may petition the Ed.D or Ph.D committee to permit one additional retake for a student, if extraordinary circumstances apply.

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

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 the secondary math, science, and the humanities (2-3)
    • A&HF 4194             Dialogue and difference in the multicultural classrom (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)

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