Doctor of Education / English Language Learning
Northcentral University

Program Details

Northcentral University knows that the need for well prepared educational leader practitioners has never been greater. The Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program has evolved to the terminal degree of choice for educational leaders. This is true for teacher leaders, administrators, instructional leaders, experts in education technology, organizational leaders and education professionals beyond the classroom.

The EdD program attracts students who have leadership responsibility for providing learning/training to others, whether they be in colleges, PK-12 schools, proprietary organizations, private and public businesses, or the military.

The pedagogy of language acquisition is of extreme importance in both educational and corporate environments. English as a Second Language is becoming more popular as the number of students and workers whose native language is not English seek an education and/or employment in the United States, and the increasing development of our diverse global marketplace. The Doctor of Education degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) at Northcentral University will provide you with a strong knowledgebase to build successful programs to support those who are learning English as a second language, assess skills of diverse students, and design bilingual instruction.

In your ESL EdD courses, you will explore curriculum design, the basics of second language curricular needs, and how to adapt the content curriculum for ESL student. You will also analyze effective teaching methods, and critically examine the theoretical foundations and recent research findings that inform second language classroom practices. As an EdD in ESL graduate, you will have the knowledge and the skill to put new methods and approaches into practice in many diverse settings, and serve as a role model and leader for others involved with ESL teaching and learning.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).