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English Language Learning, PhD-ED

English Language Learning Specialization

With the rise of global business, the importance of knowing English has risen exponentially and drives demand in today’s classrooms as students and adult workers seek after English as a Second Language education. Our PhD in English Second Language (ESL) specialization provides a strong base in assessing the skills of diverse students, designing bilingual instruction for others involved with ESL teaching and learning, and conducting research to advance the field of ESL. As a PhD in ESL graduate, you will be prepared to research, teach and build successful programs to support those who are learning English as a second language.

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
You won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop deep knowledge of educational systems, theories, and research in an area of expertise
  • Interpret theories, research, and ideas for different audiences through multiple methods of communication
  • Integrate ethical principles and professional standards for a specific discipline within the field
  • Conduct autonomous or collaborative research using high-level analytical skills
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline within the field