Department of Teaching and Learning

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

PhD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The doctoral program in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) prepares higher education ESL/EFL teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, administrators, researchers, and curriculum/materials developers for second language and bicultural settings that involve the acquisition and use of English. The program emphasizes research in second language acquisition and pedagogy in linguistically and socially diverse environments and communities.

Our philosophy is based on the value of multilingualism and multiliteracy and emphasizes respect for and appreciation of all languages and cultures. Courses focus on issues of acquisition and use of English as a second or foreign language including pedagogy and research, intercultural communication, alternative research methodologies, and educational foundations. Doctoral coursework dedicated to TESOL is supplemented with departmental content seminars and a dissertation proposal seminar. Students are required to take 54 points of coursework and one point per semester for advisement while preparing their doctoral dissertations.

Learn more about doctoral programs in Teaching and Learning, including themes of studydegree requirements, and doctoral seminars.

Admission Requirements

Applications for the doctoral program in TESOL must present a master's degree in a related area with a minimum GPA of 3.3, three letters of recommendation, a sample of written work in English, and recent GRE scores. International applicants must also submit recent TOEFL scores. This requirement may be waived if applicants have received degrees from undergraduate institutions where English is the language of instruction.

See more on application deadlines and requirements for the PhD in TESOL.

See the Graduate Admissions Application Guide for instructions on how to apply online.