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
Why did you choose to study for the EdD TESOL? I chose the EdD TESOL because it is related to my career, specifically teaching English (as a foreign language). I knew that Queen’s University is a member of the Russell Group and has a world-class reputation on academic research including English education. 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.
What was your experience of the teaching support and student facilities at Queen’s? The teaching support at Queens’ is fantastic. The valuable attributes of being patient, flexible and supportive characterize the professors/lecturers at Queen's. Queen's University has superior learning facilities available to postgraduate students inside numerous libraries located in different areas of the campus and which open until evening during the weekdays. The postgraduate study center is open 24 hours, which provides the postgraduate students a convenient space to study and burn their night oil for their course projects or module assignments.
Where are you in your career at the moment? I am a full-time English lecturer in the Language Center at a technological university in southern Taiwan.
Has the course helped you in your career? Now that I have graduated, I will be promoted to assistant professor by my university. Moreover, I have also applied what I have learned from the EdD TESOL to my English classrooms to improve my teaching practice and promote my students’ English learning.
Would you recommend the EdD TESOL to prospective students? I would strongly recommend those who are in the TESOL-related field to attend the EdD TESOL program at Queen's for it is a place where you have chance to develop professional expertise and fulfill your potential in your career. You will be also assured of plenty of care and support.
A 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and a Masters degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Performance profiles (grades etc) may also be required to ensure suitability of the applicant for Doctoral study. Applicants will normally be expected to have at least five years' full-time professional experience in a field of work related to Education. Non-EEA nationals must also provide evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.*Taken within the last 2 yrs.
Recipient: Queen’s University Belfast
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