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Doctor of Philosophy
Bilingual Education

Ideal for higher education English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, administrators, researchers, and curriculum developers, this doctorate prepares you to work in bilingual, bicultural settings.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Doctor of Philosophy in Bilingual Education

Full-time or Part-time
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What You’ll Learn

Through course work on bilingualism and bilingual education, you will study:

  • Second or additional language acquisition, pedagogy, and research
  • How to implement alternative research methodologies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Educational foundations

The doctorate supplements your course work 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. 

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of your doctorate, which emphasizes respect for and appreciation of all languages and cultures, you’ll be prepared for a career as a researcher, ESL/EFL teacher, supervisor, administrator, curriculum developer or teacher in various bilingual and bicultural higher education settings.

Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

NYU Steinhardt offers a competitive funding package for PhD students who study full time. Learn more about our funding opportunities.

Online Info Session

In this session, NYU faculty share information about the PhD programs in the department of Teaching & Learning, including the PhD in Teaching & Learning, PhD in English Education, PhD in Bilingual Education, and PhD in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Faculty provide an overview of the programs and answer questions from potential applicants.


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