PhD - Education: English Second Other Language/ESOL

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Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program is a non-licensure program designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills to design bilingual instructional materials and teach English to non-English speaking students. You can read more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program at Northcentral University is an online program that is designed to allow you to develop your skills in educational research and scholarly writing. Coursework focuses on theoretical principles of ESL instruction, including second language foundations, bilingual instructional methods, and ESL and ELL curriculum design. Additional topics include K-12 assessment methods, age appropriate development, and methods for working with culturally diverse student populations. If you're seeking ESL certification, you should verify that this program meets your state's certification requirements.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should already possess a master's degree from an accredited institution before applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program. You should also enjoy working with culturally diverse students and may have a professional background in education.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program requires the completion of at least 60 credits, although up to 15 additional credit hours will be allowed to complete dissertation research. The program consists of six foundation credits, six statistical credits, 15 research credits, 18 specialization credits, three doctoral comprehensive exam credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Foundation Courses
EDU 8000-8 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Education
EDU 8001-8 Advanced Scholarly Writing
Required Research Courses
EDU 8002-8 Educational Research Methodology
EDU 8202-8 Research Design
EDU 8005-8 Qualitative Research Design
EDU 8007-8 Quantitative Methods
EDU 8207-8 Planning Dissertation Research in Education
Required Statistics Courses
EDU 8003-8 Statistics I
EDU 8006-8 Statistics II
Specialization Courses
Select six courses from the following:
ESL 7001-8 Instructional Practices
ESL 7002-8 Cultural Diversity
ESL 7003-8 Evaluation of Diverse Students
ESL 7004-8 Bilingual Instructional Methods
ESL 7005-8 Developing Curriculum for ESL Students
ESL 7007-8 Second Language Foundations
ESL 7010-8 Practicum
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
CMP 9500E Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9501E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9502E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9503E PhD Doctoral Dissertation
DIS 9504E PhD Doctoral Dissertation

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in English Second Languages/ESL program, you could be able to seek positions developing curricula for and teaching English to non-English speaking students. Employment opportunities could be pursued in public or private K-12 schools, colleges, universities, or businesses that require bilingual staff instruction.

Possible positions could include:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Postsecondary Professor
  • ESL Teacher