Doctor - Education: English Second Other Language/ESOL

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The Doctor of Education program in English Language Learning at Northcentral University is focused on helping you gain the interpersonal, teaching, and language skills that will be required should you pursue an education-related career path. Read on to find out more about this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Doctor of Education program in English Language Learning at Northcentral University is designed to help you hone your language and teaching abilities as well as develop new skills and knowledge that you could apply to future career opportunities. Courses will cover a variety of topics, ranging from scholarly writing to more specialized subjects such as bilingual instructional methods. You will also have the opportunity to select from a number of different elective courses to study more areas in which you have particular interests or talents. You will be required to pass all your courses with at least a B average, complete a comprehensive examination course, and write an acceptable applied dissertation in order to graduate from the program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying for this program, you should enjoy interacting with people, and have a desire to help people grow and improve. You should already have a strong education and language background that you wish to improve by studying new techniques and information that you could use in a potential career. You are required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete 54 credit hours. Of those credit hours, 24 will be from foundational courses, 15 will be from specialization courses, 3 will be from an examination course, and 12 will be from dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Education in English Language Learning

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
EDU 8000Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
EDU 8001Advanced Scholarly Writing
EDR 8200Scholarly Literature Review
EDR 8203Research Methods
EDR 8201Statistics I
EDR 8204Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
EDR 8205Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
One additional Specialization or Elective Course
Specialization Courses
Select five courses from the following:
ESL 7001 Instructional Practices
ESL 7002Cultural Diversity
ESL 7003Evaluation of Diverse Students
ESL 7004Bilingual Instructional Methods
ESL 7005Developing Curriculum for ESL Students
ESL 7007Second Language Foundations
Examination Course
CMP 9700E Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

Once you graduate from this program, you could be able to embark onto a career path of your choosing. By using the skills learned in this program, you could be able to find work interacting directly with students, in administration, as well as many other environments.

Possible career paths include but are not limited to:

  • Language Teacher
  • Social Service Worker
  • Work Abroad Volunteer
  • Teacher's Assistant
  • Principal
  • Language Education Materials Designer/Producer