Bilingual Education

PhD in Bilingual Education

This doctoral program prepares higher education ESL/EFL teachers, teacher educators, supervisors, administrators, researchers, and curriculum developers for working in bilingual and bicultural settings. You will study issues of acquisition and use of additional languages, intercultural communication, alternative research methodologies, and educational foundations. The program emphasizes research in bilingualism and pedagogy in linguistically and socially diverse envrionments and communities. 

What you'll learn
  • Second or additional language acquisition, pedagogy, and research
  • How to implement alternative research methodologies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Educational foundations
How you'll learn

Foundation and Content Courses
The program of study for this PhD combines coursework on bilingualism and bilingual education 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 bilingual education 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, ESL/EFL teacher, supervisor, administrator, curriculum developer or teacher in bilingual and bicultural higher education settings
For more information about this PhD program, please contact

Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth