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Ed.D. in English Language Learning

The Doctor of Education in English Language Learning program emphasizes skills necessary for working with students who are not native speakers of English. Learn more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in English Language Learning

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Student who have previously completed a master's degree will meet the basis of requirements for admission. Previous experience in education or in a foreign language may be helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Education in English Language Learning program combines a foundation in education with specialized education in ESL / ESOL education. The program's core emphasizes research methodology, design, and statistics. Scholarly writing is also covered. The English Language Learning specialization allows students the chance to learn about cultural diversity, bilingual instruction methods, ESL curriculum development, and second language foundations. As part of this program, students must also complete a doctoral dissertation project.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 54 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education in English Language Learning:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • Scholarly Literature Review
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics I
  • Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

English Second Language Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Choose five courses from the following:

  • Instructional Practices
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Evaluation of Diverse Students
  • Bilingual Instructional Methods
  • Developing Curriculum for ESL Students
  • Second Language Foundations

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • Components of the Dissertation
  • The Dissertation Proposal
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This program gives students the chance to develop skills in working with students who use English as a second language. Students also have the chance to learn about student evaluation and cultural diversity. These skills may prepare students for a variety of positions. Possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • ESL program coordinator
  • ESL curriculum developer
  • ESL instructor

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