Educational Linguistics, PhD

The Educational Linguistics Ph.D. enables students to pursue research on language learning, teaching language, and the role of language in teaching and learning.

The Educational Linguistics, Ph.D. program is rooted in the view that language must be examined within the cultural contexts and social situations in which it occurs. Faculty and students are involved in generating research on language and learning in areas such as:

  • Bilingualism, biliteracy, and bilingual education
  • Multilingual language planning and policy
  • Linguistic, cognitive, and sociocultural aspects of (language) learning, and (second) language acquisition/socialization
  • Educational and social consequences of ethnic and linguistic diversity
  • Local/global perspectives on English language teaching policy and practice in K-12 and higher education
  • Multimodal discourse in social and institutional settings
  • Language revitalization

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

The total course units required for graduation is 20. If approved by your advisor, 8 CUs may be transferred into the program; normally these will be electives. Core courses may not be transferred in. The requirements include 5 core courses, 3 research courses, 3 linguistics courses, and your choice of elective courses agreed upon with your advisor.

Core Requirements
EDUC 537Educational Linguistics1
EDUC 546Sociolinguistics in Education1
EDUC 661Language Diversity and Education1
EDUC 670Second Language Development1
Select one of the following 900-Level Doctoral Seminars:
EDUC 911Issues in Second Language Acquisition1
or EDUC 927 Research Seminar: Language Policy and Education
Research Methods
Select one Quantitative Methods course1
Select one Qualitative Methods course1
Select one Advanced Quantitative OR Qualitative Methods course1
Select one course from the Linguistics Dept in one of the following core areas: Phonetics, Phonology Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics 1
Select two additional courses, which may be from the Linguistics Dept., Anthropology Dept., or other relevant linguistics course2
Select nine course units9
Total Course Units20

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.