May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TESLA), Ph.D.

College of Education  
Department: 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.

Admission Information

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

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 66 Credit Hours Minimum Post-Masters

  • Core Requirements - 26 Credit Hours
  • Additional Required Courses - 13 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 18 Credit Hours
  • Dissertation - 9 Credit Hours Minimum

Additional Required Courses (13 Credit Hours)

Electives (18 Credit Hours)

Courses are selected with the approval of the student’s graduate advisor or committee with a minimum of nine (9) hours completed in the area of Second Language Acquisition. Elective coursework must be taken at the graduate and/or advanced graduate level.


Qualifying Examination

All students will be required to pass a written qualifying examination (QE). The QE integrates work in the specialization, cognate, and foundations areas, in this case, in Technology Education, Second Language Acquisition, and Teacher Education.

Dissertation (9 Credit Hours)

Residency Requirements

Students must enroll in a minimum of nine hours for each of two semesters in a 12-month period to fulfill the residency requirements. Students in the Ph.D. major should be engaged in no more than half-time employment during the residency period.

Please be advised that major and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.