College of Education
Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education
This is a doctoral major in the College of Education. It combines the expertise of both faculties from Foreign Languages and Instructional Technology to provide a curriculum in pedagogy, second language acquisition, sociocultural theory, , pragmatics, instructional technology, statistics, and research design. The goal of the major is to prepare students for careers in academia.
Major Research Areas
Second Language Acquisition, Instructional Technology, TESOL, ESOL, Foreign Language Education, Pragmatics, Distance Learning.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
In addition to the general admission requirements under the advanced graduate education majors, applicants must do the following:
- Possess a Master’s degree ( or equivalent academic level) from an accredited institution or its international equivalent;
- present a minimum GPA of 3.50 at the Master’s level (or international equivalent);
- GRE Scores preferred;
- Submit a “Statement of Purpose” relating their career goals specifically to this doctoral major and describing their experience with instructional technology and language teaching and offering evidence of research experience and/or scholarly promise;
- Supply a current curriculum vitae;
- Provide 3 letters of recommendation from professors or other individuals who can attest to the applicant’s experience and background;
- Meet with the graduate faculty for a personal/phone interview; and
- In addition to proficiency in their native language (L1), students must demonstrate proficiency in another world languages (L2). Proficiency in speaking the L2 must be at the “Advanced” level or higher, as measured on the Oral Proficiency Guidelines (OPI) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For specific information, consult www.actfl.org. The graduate advisors will determine whether the students have met this requirement based on these as well as other criteria identified by the SLA/IT faculty.
The faculty will evaluate each applicant’s dossier based on a composite of variables and appropriateness of fit with the major.
For international applicants
In addition to university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:
- A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
- Other information as required by the major of interest.