A PhD is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by higher education institutions and universities to scholars submitting a dissertation based on original and extensive research in a chosen field. Students aspiring to this level work with a mentor to develop a research project on a given subject.
What is a PhD in TESOL? The program is ideal for practicing educators to learn more about researching and applying education theory in the profession of teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is designed to prepare higher education supervisors, ESL teachers, researchers, teacher educators, curriculum developers and administrators for careers in an evolving industry. Program focus includes applied ESL and EFL research, curriculum and materials development, teacher training, integration of technology in ESL, TESOL methodology and theory, and psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural factors of second language acquisition.
The benefits of a TESOL doctorate include acquiring the ability to evaluate research, developing a deeper understanding of the role of linguistics, and promoting the impact of cultural and social factors in teaching a second language.
Costs for the PhD program vary among institutions. Students interested in enrolling in a TESOL doctorate should research the various programs available and request cost expectations from individual schools.
Graduates earning a TESOL doctorate can expect to find a variety of different career opportunities in higher education. However, there are many other occupations for students to explore. These include admissions specialist, center executive director, academic manager, admissions manager, professional development superintendent, language specialist, and policy and communications administrator. Others may consider academic advising, tutoring, or writing and editing textbooks or program curriculum.
Because of the high demand for TESOL PhD programs, many international options are available. Distance learning platforms are flexible and convenient for today’s busy professionals. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
New for 2016, the PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Research is a unique programme, offered at the University of Stirling. This ground-breaking programme will develop your research skills to a professional level, which is characteristic of a PhD degree, and support your learning through seven modules, a feature of taught doctorates. [+]
Aims and Objectives: to enhance students’ ability to create, conceptualise, design and implement a substantial research project that generates new knowledge and contributes to theory and practice within the field of TESOL. [+]