Ed.D. in Educational Linguistics

Part of the Educational Linguistics Division

The Ed.D. degree prepares graduates to engage with and direct new and ongoing initiatives related to language education. Ed.D. candidates will develop the theoretical foundation and technical expertise necessary to pursue positions as leaders of world language programs in colleges and universities.


Fast Facts


  • Transfer Courses Accepted: up to 4 (non-Penn graduate coursework - electives only), or up to 8 (Penn graduate coursework - electives only)
  • Entry Term: Summer or Fall
  • Course Requirements: 16 Courses Total: 5 required courses, 3 research courses, 2 linguistics courses, 6 electives
  • Typical Course Load: no more than 2 courses per semester – part-time program only
  • Culminating Experience: Students must complete 16 course units, the candidacy examination, a language examination (to show knowledge of a second language other than English), and the dissertation. A minimum of 12 courses must be taken at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Admissions Requirements: 3-5 years of full-time, world language teaching. Candidates with related master’s degrees preferred.


New to the Educational Linguistics Division, the Educational Linguistics Ed.D. program is designed as a part-time degree program for early to mid-career world language educators who have a strong commitment to bringing research into their practice. The focus of the Ed.D. coursework gives students a solid foundation in linguistics, bi/multilingualism, second language development, language policy, and research methods. Ed.D. candidates demonstrate expertise in these areas by generating and applying research knowledge to program design and professional practice. Ed.D. candidates will receive additional training as teacher educators, opportunities to engage deeply in research on their practice, and to advance their careers as language educators and trainers of instructors in language programs.

Program of Study

Core Courses

  • EDUC 537 Educational Linguistics
  • EDUC 546 Sociolinguistics in Education
  • EDUC 661 Language Diversity and Education
  • EDUC 670 Second Language Development
  • One 900-Level Doctoral Seminar EDUC 911 Issues in Second Language Acquisition OR EDUC 927 Language Policy and Planning
  • Three Research Courses (1 quantitative methods, 1 qualitative methods, 1 advanced quantitative or qualitative methods)


  • Two Linguistics Courses (2 courses at the University of  Pennsylvania, which may be from the Linguistics Dept., Anthropology Dept., GSE or other relevant linguistics course)
  • Six Elective Courses
    Examples include:
    • EDUC 502 Citizen Sociolinguistics
    • EDUC 516 Teaching Second Language Writing
    • EDUC 517 Classroom Discourse and Interaction
    • EDUC 527 Approaches to Teaching English and Other Modern Languages
    • EDUC 547 Anthropology & Education
    • EDUC 572 Language & Gender
    • EDUC 577 Selected Topics in Educational Linguistics: Indigenous Education and Language Revitalization
    • EDUC 597 Policy Planning in International Education Development: Theory & Practice
    • EDUC 634 Language Assessment
    • EDUC 650 Communication & Culture in Context
    • EDUC 674 Curriculum & Materials Development for English Language Teaching
    • EDUC 700 Craft of Ethnography
    • EDUC 719 Research on Teacher Education & Learning to Teach
    • EDUC 737 Research in Teaching Writing
    • EDUC 806 Narrating the Self
    • EDUC 834 Theories of Reading
    • ANTH 603 Language in Culture & Society



Betsy Rymes, Ph.D. Professor; Division Chair & ICC Director

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Catherine Box, Ed.D. Lecturer

Columbia University

Yuko Butler, Ph.D. Associate Professor; TESOL Director

Stanford University

Nelson Flores, Ph.D. Associate Professor

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Nancy H. Hornberger, Ph.D. Professor; Educational Linguistics PhD Director

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Iryna Kozlova, Ph.D. Lecturer

Georgia State University

Yumi Matsumoto, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

The Pennsylvania State University

Robert Moore, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer

University of Chicago

Anne Pomerantz, Ph.D. Professor of Practice;  Educational Linguistics EdD Director

University of Pennsylvania

Santoi Wagner, Ed.D. Senior Lecturer; TESOL Associate Director

Columbia University


Affiliated Faculty

Asif Agha, Ph.D. Penn Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology

University of Chicago

Christina Frei, Ph.D. Penn Arts & Sciences, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

University of California, Davis



Educational Linguistics Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

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Philadelphia, PA 19104

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