Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages This is a Track

College : Education and Human Performance Degree :PHD
Department : School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : http://education.ucf.edu/phd/

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The University of Central Florida is uniquely positioned to meet the critical need for advanced degrees in TESOL. Faculty from the College of Education and Human Performance and the College of Arts and Humanities approach TESOL issues from multiple perspectives and collaborate in teaching and research.

CURRICULUM

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) track in the Education PhD program requires at least 72 credit hours of study beyond the master's degree. The curriculum includes 24 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of TESOL specialization courses, 9 credit hours of cognate courses, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.

 
Total Credit Hours Required:
72 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Prerequisites

  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL
  • TSL 6440 Issues in TESOL Assessment
  • TSL 6642 Issues in Second Language Acquisition
  • TSL 5345 ESOL Methods or TSL 5085 Teaching Language Minority Students in K-12
  • EDF 6401 Statistics for Educational Data

Required Courses—48 Credit Hours

Core—24 Credit Hours

  • IDS 7501 Issues and Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7500 Research Seminar (variable credit and repeatable, 6 credit hours)
  • EDF 7475 Qualitative Research Methods in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7403 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7463 Analysis of Survey, Record and Other Qualitative Data (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 7502 Case Studies in Research Design (3 credit hours) or one of the following approved research electives:
    • EDF 7406 Multivariate Statistics in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7405 Quantitative Methods II (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7410 Application of Nonparametric and Categorical Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7415 Latent Variable Modeling in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7473 Ethnography in Educational Settings (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7474 Multilevel Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7488 Monte Carlo Simulation Research in Education (3 credit hours)
    • SPA 7495 Doctoral Seminar II: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (Communication Sciences Track students only) (3 credit hours)
  • EDF 7406 Multivariate Statistics in Education (3 credit hours) or one of the following approved research electives:
    • IDS 7938 Research Cluster Seminar (3 credit hours) 
    • EDF 7405 Quantitative Methods II (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7410 Application of Nonparametric and Categorical Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7415 Latent Variable Modeling in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7473 Ethnography in Educational Settings (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7474 Multilevel Data Analysis in Education (3 credit hours)
    • EDF 7488 Monte Carlo Simulation Research in Education (3 credit hours)
    • SPA 7495 Doctoral Seminar II: Spoken and Written Language Disorders (Communication Sciences Track students only) (3 credit hours)

Specialization—15 Credit Hours

Students are required to take the following five courses:

  • TSL 6643 Diachronic Analysis of Second Language Acquisition Processes (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6379 Second Language Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6600 Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6252 Sociolinguistics for ESOL (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 7006 Second Language Teacher Education (3 credit hours)

    Cognate—9 Credit Hours

    A minimum of 9 credit hours of cognate courses must be approved by the adviser and graduate program director. Possible cognates include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Community College Teaching, Exceptional Education, Global and Comparative Education, Multicultural Education, Instructional Technology, Program Administration, Reading, and other related areas.

    Dissertation—24 Credit Hours

    • TSL 7980 Dissertation Research (24 credit hours minimum)

    Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present it to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.

    Examinations

    A qualifying examination will be required during the first year of study as an intake, diagnostic tool to determine student proficiency in TESOL. A written candidacy examination will be required to be admitted to candidacy and will normally occur at the completion of course work.

    Candidacy

    The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:

    • Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
    • Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
    • Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
    • The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
    • Submission of an approved program of study.

    Additional Program Requirement:

    Students must have completed a minimum of two college-level courses in a foreign language or basic proficiency in a foreign language as measured by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency interview (OPI) or other assessment approved by the program faculty before completion of 36 hours of study. Non-native speakers of English may use their native language to meet this requirement. This requirement may be satisfied prior to admission but must be satisfied prior to candidacy. 

    Independent Learning

    The dissertation satisfies the independent learning experience.

    Application Requirements

    For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

    In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide: 

    • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
    • A master's degree in a closely related field.
    • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
    • Three letters of recommendation no more than one year old from people who can attest to your potential and ability for doctoral level work.
    • Goal statement.
    • Resume.
    • A master's thesis or two original papers related to graduate coursework. 

    Application Deadlines

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
    Domestic Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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    International Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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    International Transfer Applicants Dec 20Jan 15

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    *Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

    FINANCIALS

    Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

    Fellowships

    Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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