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.

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Admissions Information

Doctor of Education

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 5
  • 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 (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program offers a Doctor of Education degree with four areas of Specialization: language use, language teacher education, second language acquisition, and second language assessment. Please see the descriptions for each of these Area of Specialization below.

Students who did not receive their M.A. or Ed.M. from Teachers College will be expected to complete all the required courses or their equivalent for the M.A./Ed.M programs in Applied Linguistics or TESOL at Teachers College.

Doctoral students have five types of requirements: (1) doctoral candidacy requirements, (2) Area of Specialization course requirements, (3) elective courses, (4) required out-of-program breadth courses, (5) research and statistics  courses. All course decisions must be made in consultation with the 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  credits must meet the approval of the student's faculty advisor.

Candidacy Requirements for All Ed.D. Students (Minimum 15 points; courses may be taken several times):

  • A&HL 5507: Research paper in applied linguistics (3)

  • A&HL 6507-A: Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics (3) (Closed-Book Certification Exam)

  • A&HL 6507-B: Doctoral seminar in applied linguistics (3) (Qualifying Paper/Pilot Study)

  • A&HL 7507: Dissertation seminar in applied linguistics (3) (Dissertation Proposal)

  • A&HL 8907: Dissertation advisement in TESOL and applied linguistics (0) (Dissertation Submission)

When doctoral students reach approximately 50 points in the program and have been at Teachers College for at least one year, they may register for a doctoral seminar every semester pending advisor’s approval.

Doctoral preparation involves four successive stages:

    1. Developing a critical understanding of the research literature in a given area(5500 Research Paper; 6500 Part A: Certification Exam)

    2. Conceptualizing and carrying out a pilot study in the area of inquiry (6500 Part B: Qualifying Paper) 

    3. Writing a dissertation proposal in the area of inquiry (Dissertation Proposal) 

    4. Carrying out the study and writing the dissertation (Dissertation Submission)

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 pilot study at the 6500 level, the dissertation proposal at the 7500 level, and the completed dissertation at the 8000 level. Students are expected to make steady and continuous progress toward the degree. Students who fail to make timely progress may be asked to leave the program. Timely progress will be determined by the program faculty. 

Students who receive less than a B+ on the 5500 paper will be terminated from the doctoral program, and will receive an Ed.M. if their 5500 paper is of acceptable quality. Students may retake 6500 part A or B one time. If students do not pass the proposal or the proposal defense, they will be asked to leave the program. In the event of a failed dissertation defense, faculty may petition the Ed.D committee to permit one additional retake, if extraordinary circumstances apply.

Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (90 pts; Second Language Acquisition Area of Specialization)

The second language acquisition area of Specialization requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree. This Area of Specialization has five types of  requirements: (1) doctoral candidacy requirements (listed above), (2) Area of Specialization course requirements, (3) elective courses, (4) required out-of-program breadth courses, and (5) research and statistics  courses. 

Area of Specialization 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)

These courses can be taken more than once, as needed.

Research Methods and Statistics Requirements for Second Language Acquisition (12 points subject to advisor’s approval):

  • 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 subject to advisor’s approval):

  • Elective courses in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (9 points):

 

  • 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 (15 credits or more; subject to advisor’s approval)

Candidacy Requirements (15 points or more; see above)

Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (90 pts; 2nd Lang. Assessment Area of Specialization)

The second language assessment Area of Specialization requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree. This Area of Specialization has five types of  requirements: (1) doctoral candidacy requirements (listed above), (2) Area of Specialization course requirements, (3) elective courses, (4) required out-of-program breadth courses, and (5) research and statistics  courses. 

Area of Specialization-Specific Courses in Second Language Assessment (15 points):

  • A&HL 5512: Historical perspectives on language testing research (3)

  • A&HL 6040: Classroom-based language assessment (3)

  • And two courses from the following:

    • A&HL 5199: Topics in language assessment (3)

    • A&HL 5519: Instructed second language acquisition and assessment (3)

    • A&HL 6000 : Second language test validation (3)

    • A&HL 6060: Generalizability theory for L2 testing research (3)

    • A&HL 6407: Internship in applied linguistics and TESOL: Assessment lab (3)

Research Methods and Statistics for Second Language Assessment (6 points) (Must have advisor’s written approval):

      Required

  • A&HL 5575: Research literacy in applied linguistics and TESOL (3)

  • HUDM 4050: Introduction to measurement (3)

  • HUDM 4122: Probability and statistical inference (3)

  • HUDM 5122: Applied regression analysis (3)

  • One or more from the following depending on the dissertation topic:

    • 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)

Recommended Elective Course for the Assessment Area of Specialization (9 points) (Must have advisor’s written approval):

  • A&HL 5199: Topics in language assessment (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 assessment research (3)

  • A&HL 6089: Second language performance assessment (3)

  • A&HL 4104: Discourse analysis (3)

  • A&HL 4105: Conversation analysis (3)

  • A&HL 5020: Interactional sociolinguistics (3)

  • A&HL 5105: Classroom discourse (3)

  • A&HL 6031: Advanced conversation analysis (3)

  • A&HL 5087: Second language acquisition in the classroom (3)

  • A&HL 6087: Advanced second language acquisition (3)

  • A&HL 6097: Task-based language teaching (3)

  • A&HL 5199: Topics in Applied Linguistics: Issues in Natural Language Processing: Natural Language Processing for Applied Linguistics (3)

  • A&HL 5515: Adv.Topics: Applied Linguistics I: Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (3)

  • A&HL 4089: Teaching writing to ESL students (3)

  • A&HL 5011: Technology-based language teaching and material design (3)

  • Courses can be taken at an affiliate campus in the Columbia community with advisor’s approval.

Required Out-of-Program Breadth Courses (6 points total, chosen with advisor's approval) Aside from the HUDM stats courses above, below is a sample of such courses for the assessment Area of Specialization.

  • 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)

  • HUDM 6051: Psychometric theory I (2-3)

  • HUDM 6122: Multivariate analysis I (2-3)

  • MSTU 4036: Hypermedia and education (2-3)

  • HUDK 4029: Cognition and learning (2-3)

  • MTSU 4133: Cognition and computers (2-3)

Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (90 pts; Language Use Area of Specialization)

The language use Area of Specialization requires a minimum of 90 graduate points beyond the bachelor's degree. This Area of Specialization has five types of  requirements: (1) doctoral candidacy requirements (listed above, (2) Area of Specialization course requirements, (3) elective courses, (4) required out-of-program breadth courses, and (5) research and statistics courses. 

Area of Specialization 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 Specialization, 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)

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