Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

PhD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

A Focused Examination of Second Language Education 

Pursue scholarship that builds on your interests in language acquisition and multilingual education, and your experience as a higher-education English as a Second Language teacher, supervisor, administrator, researcher, or curriculum developer. This doctoral program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will advance your knowledge of second language pedagogy, intercultural communication, research methodologies, and educational foundations. You’ll conduct research in linguistically and socially diverse environments and communities, and prepare for a career in academic, second language, and bicultural settings.

What you'll learn
  • English as a second or foreign language acquisition, pedagogy, and research
  • How to implement alternative research methodologies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Educational foundations
How you'll learn

Foundation and Content Courses
The PhD in TESOL combines courses on the foundation of TESOL and research methods with departmental content seminars and a dissertation proposal seminar. We believe in the value of multilingualism and multiliteracy, and emphasize respect for and appreciation of all languages and cultures. Students are required to take 54 points of coursework and one point per semester for advisement while preparing their doctoral dissertations.

Research Opportunities
Located in one of the most diverse urban settings in the world, NYU is an ideal facility for conducting educational research. As a doctoral student in our program, you will research and prepare your dissertation while working closely with your faculty mentor.

Doctoral Seminars
 Doctoral coursework dedicated to TESOL is supplemented with departmental content seminars and a dissertation proposal seminar. Open to doctoral students enrolled in any department or program at NYU, these seminars foster deep conversations on relevant literature and texts, and reflections on issues and research in the field. You’ll work on a paper or project, refine your scholarly voice, and define a dissertation focus. 

How to apply

Doctoral applicants are required to posess a master's degree in a related area with a minimum GPA of 3.3, and to submit three letters of recommendation, a sample of written work in English, and recent GRE scores. Applicants whose first language is not English are required to take one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic. See detailed application requirements, deadlines, and instructions on how to apply

We offer a competitive funding program for full-time PhD students that supports tuition and living expenses. See more information about the funding program or visit the Financial Aid website.

Prepare for a career as a
  • Researcher or teacher educator in TESOL in colleges and universities
  • Curriculum specialist, developer, or evaluator in government agencies and non-governmental organizations
For more information about this PhD program, please contact

Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth