Doctor of Philosophy in Education / English Language Learning
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD-Ed) program is suitable for students who want to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to conduct research in and about PK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments. 

PhDs in Education are found in many different roles in academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, including educational consultant, academic researcher, policy maker, educational theorist, and faculty member or administrator in a higher education or organizational setting. Students pursuing the PhD in Education have the opportunity to customize and focus their program through their coursework, doctoral research courses and the doctoral dissertation.

Language acquisition is an essential component in today’s classrooms as students and workers who do not speak English are seeking expanded education and/or work opportunities in our diverse global marketplace. The PhD in English as a Second Language (ESL) at Northcentral University will provide you with a strong knowledgebase in assessing skills of diverse students, designing bilingual instruction for other involved with ESL teaching and learning, and conducting research to advance this field.

As a PhD in ESL graduate, you will be prepared to research, teach, and build successful programs to support those who are learning English as a second language.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in 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).