The Professional Doctorate in Education (EdD) TESOL, which is a combination of both taught and research elements, is specifically aimed at professionals engaged in English language teacher education. We offer a wide range of taught modules in the areas of research methods (three compulsory), TESOL (two compulsory), education policy, education management and professional development.
The EdD TESOL may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis. The normal period of study will be not less that three years full-time or not less than four years part-time. This flexibility appeals to busy professionals, enabling them to complete the degree with minimal disruption to their professional and personal life.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Critically evaluate the research findings of published, empirical studies. Make use of appropriate research methods to conduct educational research Design small-scale, class-based research projects to investigate the local context
Programme Structure and Modules
The EdD TESOL comprises nine taught doctoral modules (of which four must be research modules and two must be TESOL modules) and a research dissertation in the area of TESOL. The research dissertation has the same level of challenge and high standards as a PhD but is approximately half the scale (40,000 words). Each module is assessed by one 5000 word assignment. The dissertation is assessed by an oral examination (a viva-voce).
There are three stages to each EdD taught module which covers a four month period. The first stage is pre-reading. The second stage is attendance for the intensive teaching, normally over a consecutive period of two and a half days. The third stage involves the completion and submission of an assignment, normally within three months of the last date of the taught module.
You must complete four research modules:
Educational Research: An Overview (compulsory) Quantitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory) Qualitative Research: Methods, Data and Theory (compulsory) The Professional as Researcher Experimental Methods in Educational Research Survey Methods in Education Philosophical and Ethical Issues in Educational Research Researching Children and Young People in Educational Settings Narrative and Arts-based Research Approaches
You must also complete the two TESOL modules:
TESOL: Issues in Language Learning TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
Other Optional Modules
In addition to the research and TESOL modules you can choose from the following modules:
Education in Divided Societies: Contribution to Social Cohesion Assessment and Testing: Concepts and Issues Educational Special Needs: Policy and Partnerships for Inclusion Education and the Law Children's Rights - Research and Practice TESOL: Issues in Language Learning TESOL: Discourse and Pedagogy
“I was able to choose my elective modules according to my schedule and my particular field of interest. One advantage was that the EdD TESOL (the taught elements) is conducted intensively and can be completed in less than one and a half years.” Chiu-Kuei Chang Chien, EdD TESOL graduate