Doctor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Alliant’s TESOL doctoral program in California is designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for specialists in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in schools, universities, government, independent agencies and other organizations throughout the world. Alliant’s doctorate in TESOL program in San Diego prepares respected practitioner-scholars with a focus on:

  • TESOL theory and methodology
  • Applied EFL and ESL research
  • Design, implementation, evaluation and administration of second language programs
  • Curriculum and materials development
  • Cultural, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic factors of second language acquisition
  • Integration of technology in second language teaching
  • Teacher training

Make a Global Impact on TESOL Education

Alliant’s TESOL doctoral alumni play key leadership roles in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) academic programs at colleges and universities worldwide, including holding faculty and program director positions. Our TESOL doctoral graduates uniquely understand the dynamic needs of English language learners and are well-suited to address national and international language policies as part of government and other institutional agencies. Graduates also work to develop texts and other learning materials that benefit English language learners and instructors.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Doctor of Education in TESOL program prepares students to:

  • Acquire a strong theoretical knowledge base in TESOL, second language acquisition, and applied linguistics research
  • Acquire the ability to apply TESOL and second language acquisition theory and research to TESOL methodology
  • Acquire the ability to read, interpret, and evaluate professional literature
  • Acquire the ability to conduct and evaluate original field research and present the findings
  • Acquire a deep understanding of the role of linguistics and the impact of social and cultural factors in learning and teaching a second language
  • Acquire a strong knowledge base in TESOL program design, development, and evaluation
  • Acquire the ability to integrate technology into TESOL teaching and learning
  • Become active members and advocates of the TESOL profession
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to design, implement, and evaluate teacher training programs for ESL/ESL instructors

Alliant’s TESOL Doctorate – A Top Choice

Alliant International University is the #1 TESOL doctoral degree in the USA for degrees conferred in the 2010-2011 academic year.*

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics

Program Overview

  • 60 units
  • Full program completion in as few as three years
  • Applied, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Highly-qualified and experienced faculty
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • International student community
  • No GRE requirement


  • San Diego, California

Admission Terms

  • 16-week semesters with Fall and Spring start dates and a 10-week Summer session

Review application deadlines and our rolling admissions policy on our admissions page.

Admission Requirements

  • Application
  • Master’s degree in TESOL, English, Education, Applied Linguistics or a related field
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience, preferably in ESL/EFL
  • Interview with Alliant TESOL faculty
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors, academic instructors, volunteer coordinators or other professional and/or academic relationships
  • 5-7 page personal essay including autobiographical statement, professional aspirations, accomplishments and any relevant experience
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from a regionally-accredited university (degrees in progress are acceptable) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (GPA exemptions may be granted)
  • $65 application fee
  • International students: Please review Alliant’s additional admission requirements for international applicants. A Graduate English Communications co-requisite course may apply for applicants whose native language is not English.