BIED Doctoral Program

The 75-hour doctoral program in Bilingual Education prepares graduates for university and leadership positions in the field of education, including consultation and evaluation, teacher training and supervision or coordination of programs. A combination of coursework, practica, program competencies and the final dissertation ensure both the breadth and depth of training. Faculty trained and experienced in bilingual curriculum development, distance teaching formats and instructional design leads the program.


To be admitted into the doctoral program, applicants must follow all graduate admission requirements.

Course Requirements

The degree program includes the following course requirements:

  • Bilingual education core (24 hours)
  • Research and evaluation (15 hours)    
  • Practica and internship (15 hours)
  • Specialization/cognate electives  (9 hours)
  • Dissertation (12 hours minimum)

Program Competencies

Besides seminar-based learning, the doctoral program develops competencies across the following areas through practica:

  • College teaching (mentored and supervised)    
  • Field supervision (of bilingual education practitioners)     
  • Research -- planning, executing, writing, presenting and submitting two studies for publication prior to dissertation     
  • Program assessment evaluation (planning, executing and writing)     
  • Grant writing (co-writing and submitting)

View the program handbook for more information about the doctoral program.