Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Language Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Language Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ph.D.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Doctoral
Program Type:
  • Degree


The specialization in Language Education within the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration prepares students to conduct qualitative and quantitative empirical research advancing theory in:

  • language acquisition;
  • language in culture and identity;
  • language in social contexts;
  • cognitive aspects of language learning;
  • assessment; and
  • bilingualism in educational contexts.

The specialization emphasizes research on theory that explains how learners acquire, use, develop, or change languages and how language teaching models may affect these areas. Our graduates are prepared to become researchers, critical interpreters, and producers of academic scholarship related to learning and teaching English as a Second Language and World Languages.

Participants in the program visualize language learning and teaching and bilingualism as a primary linguistic, cognitive, and social area of investigation.


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Proseminars (6 credits)
Required Research (6 credits)
Methodology (12 credits) Concentration (18 Credits)
Cognate Courses (6 Credits) Dissertation (24 credits)

Program Requirements

The Ph.D. in Education requires 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research. All students in the Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development concentration take a common set of courses, accumulating 18 credits within the concentration, of which 6 credits must be classes within the concentration but outside the faculty adviser’s specialty.

A complete listing of degree requirements is available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Mary Elizabeth Curran.