Doctor of Philosophy Degree Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research-oriented degree program designed for individuals who intend to work mainly in primary research in the fields of Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Language Policy and Education, or Biliteracy. This program prepares graduate students in research design and interpretation. Graduate student research contributes to knowledge of bilingual education theories, concepts and practice.

BBE Program alumni currently serve in roles such as college or university faculty members, researchers in federal and state government, and research consultants and directors of private foundations and non-profit organizations.

Total minimum hours: 63 hours (including dissertation)

General C&I Requirements (Minimum 21 hours)

Foundation Requirements (9 hours required)

  • EDC 380F  Sociocultural Foundations
  • EDC 381F  Introduction to Teaching and Teacher Education
  • EDC 383F  Curriculum Theory

Research Methodology Requirements (12 hours minimum)

To be taken in sequence:

  1. EDC 381R  Intro to Systems of Human Inquiry
  2. The following two courses (6 hours):
    • EDC 385R  Introduction To Quantitative Research (may be taken concurrent with EDC 381R)
    • EDC 386R  Introduction To Qualitative Research (requires EDC 381R as a prerequisite)
  3. One course (3 hours, one course topic from either category or an adviser approved advanced research course) from the following:
    • EDC 387R  Advanced Quantitative Research
    • EDC 388R  Advanced Qualitative Research

Directed Research (Minimum 12 hours)

  • EDC 396T*  Directed Research in Curriculum and Instruction (6 hours)

Note: EDC 396T can be taken more than once for credit. 6 additional hours of coursework involving a substantial directed research component, This may include  additional EDC 396Ts.

Specialization Requirements (Minimum 18 hours)

Students with an emphasis on Bilingual/Bicultural Education will take additional related courses, selected with the assistance and approval of the area program adviser. To help meet their personal goals, students are encouraged to select courses from other clusters in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

A. Required (12 hours):
EDC 385G Second Language Acquisition
EDC 385G Biliteracy and New Literacy Studies
EDC 385G Language Policy and Education: Global Perspectives and Local Implications
EDC 385G Immigration Theory in Education

B. Electives (6 hours):
Students select courses, such as those listed below, according to individual interests and needs and in consultation with their advisor:

EDC 390T Foundations of Bilingual Education
EDC 382E Critical Pedagogy in Bilingual Bicultural Education
EDC 385G Evaluation of Language Education
EDC 385G Biliteracy and Computer-Mediated Learning
EDC 385G Dual Language Education: Current Trends and Issues
EDC 385G Language Acquisition and Assessment for Multicultural Special Education
EDC 385G Teaching Culture
EDC 385G Language and Politics in Language Planning
EDC 385G Literacy and Culture
EDC 385G Social/Cultural/Political Context Language Learning

EDC 384P Equity/Pol/in Math/Sci/Tech Education
EDC 385G Multicultural Curriculum and Teaching
EDC 385G Cultural Knowledge of Teachers and Teaching
EDC 385G Identity and Agency in Education
EDC 385G Anthropology of Education

Courses Outside the Department (Minimum 6 hours)

Coursework from sections, General Requirements, Directed Research, and Special Requirements, may fulfill this requirement (thus hours in this section may already be counted as credit toward total hours).

Students are encouraged to seek out courses that relate to Bilingual/Bicultural Education and their own research interests in such areas as: Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies; Communication, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, English Literature, Health Education, Latin American Studies, Law, IT/Technology, Linguistics, Language and Literacy, Spanish Literature, Science/Math Education, Social Work, Special Education, Women's / Gender Studies.

Dissertation (Minimum 6 hours and two consecutive semesters of dissertation)

Students are required to continuously register for at least three credits of dissertation once they have advanced to candidacy.  They must register in X99R (399, 699 or 999R) in their first semester of candidacy and in X99W in each subsequent semester of candidacy until they graduate.

Please Note: Students receiving fellowship, assistantship, or other financial aid, may be required to take 9 hours of dissertation credit each semester.

Additional Information

Forms and a program checklist are available on our wiki.