A pioneer in the field since its founding in 1976, the Educational Linguistics Ph.D. specialization, housed within the Educational Linguistics Division, enables students to pursue research on language learning and teaching and the role of language in learning and teaching. Its questions and concerns are situated squarely in educational policy and practice, informing and informed by interdisciplinary theory and research in linguistics, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and other fields
This Ph.D. specialization promotes the view that language must be examined within the cultural contexts and social situations in which it occurs. Faculty and students are involved in generating research on language and learning in areas such as:
-Bilingualism, biliteracy, and bilingual education;
-Multilingual language planning and policy;
-Linguistic, cognitive, and sociocultural aspects of (language) learning, both inside and outside of the classroom;
-Adult and child (second) language acquisition/socialization;
-Educational and social consequences of ethnic and linguistic diversity and superdiversity at community, national, and international levels;
-Local and global perspectives on English-language teaching policy and practice in K-12 and higher education;
-Multimodal discourse in social and institutional settings;
-Indigenous education and language revitalization
Educational Linguistics Ph.D. graduates pursue teaching and research careers in colleges and universities worldwide, as well as in government, community, and private organizations.
All students are expected to gain a solid foundation in linguistics and research methodology. Introductory courses in language pedagogy and sociolinguistics are strongly encouraged for students with no background in these areas.