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    Are there still no B&M schools offering a Ed.D. or Ph.D. in TESOL?

    Hi all,

    I would love to get a Ph.D. in linguistics or applied linguistics online (I know there are a few international options), but realistically this is probably not a terribly attractive degree to offer, so I am not going to hold my breath. My next best option would be an Ed.D. in TESOL /TESL/ESL/ESOL /whatever, but there don't seem to be any degrees either. Am I missing something? I understand that the M.A./M.Ed is the terminal degree in the discipline (as it allows graduates to teach at universities and community colleges), but surely ELT is a large enough field for someone to have come up with a doctoral degree by distance?!

    Is anyone aware of any good doctoral programs in the field? I am only interested in programs offered by traditional B&M schools.

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    You usually don't find the same variety of "majors" for doctorates. It is not surprising you are not finding a program that specifically advertised as a doctorate in TESOL . What will you find are PhDs/EdDs in education , curriculum and teaching , instruction technology, etc. With any of those, you could concentrate on TESOL .

    I've known many TESOL instructors to go on and do their doctorates from Online Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Programs | Florida, Online, Wherever | Fischler School .
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    Yeah, you're probably right. The problem is that those kinds of degrees won't have any linguistics components, which would be really important to me. I am

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    I have not vetted it but I just came across a TESOL PhD in my own searching. Anaheim University in California has one listed on a search crawler.
    Anaheim University - Doctor of Education in TESOL (Ed.D) - 259312 | GradSchools.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by hypoelectron View Post
    I have not vetted it but I just came across a TESOL PhD in my own searching. Anaheim University in California has one listed on a search crawler.
    Anaheim University - Doctor of Education in TESOL (Ed.D) - 259312 | GradSchools.com
    I remember this institution from the late 90s when I lived in Japan. They used to heavily advertise their online TESL programs to teachers in Japan, and still do. At the time, I think it was run out of someones apartment, but now it seems to have grown and has NA accreditation. They had a "big gun" in the TESL field that got their program going, David Nunan, but I don't think he teaches anymore. You would probably want to check some TESL blogs for students who have been though this program. Personally, I would not recommend an NA university for a PhD program, but that's just me.
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    Thanks! I wasn't aware Anaheim University wasn't regionally accredited - interesting. Right now it looks like I would have to look UK schools for PhD-level linguistics program. The University of Birmingham has one that looks really good. However, personally I have decided that any sort of distance Ph.D. in Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/TESOL would not be the right choice for me. I already have an M.A. in TESOL , so I can teach college-level ESL/EFL. If I were to get a Ph.D., it would be to be a professor. I know a bunch of current and former linguistics Ph.D. students, and they teach, they publish, and they spend hours on campus every day. A distance program could just not offer that.

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