Foreign and Second Language Education (Ph.D.)

Program Mission

The mission of the doctoral program in Foreign and Second Language Education is to foster development of foreign/second language education practitioners and researchers who can understand, analyze and improve language teaching, learning and language policy in diverse educational contexts.

Through a wide range of courses, research-based experiences and professional development opportunities, our goals are to instill in students:

  • a deep understanding of language theory and an ability to thoughtfully apply it;
  • abilities to carry out principled, meaningful and rigorous research and to apply research to real-world educational challenges; and
  • a professionalism and engaged scholarship that involves participation in the exchange of ideas and advancement of the field as a whole.

Program of Study

Overview

24 credit hours in Concentration
28 credit hours in Research (21 credits of courses, 6 hours of research component, 1 credit of research analysis exam)
10 credit hours in Dissertation
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62 doctoral credit hours
10 relevant credit hours from master’s degree
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72 total credit hours

Program Faculty

Janina Brutt-Griffler

Erin Kearney

Lilliam Malave

Anastasia Riazantseva

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Other Programs in Foreign and Second Language

In addition to LOTE, there are other programs in foreign and second language education offered through the Department of Learning and Instruction.

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): This program leads to an Ed.M. degree from the University at Buffalo, but does not lead to a recommendation for a New York State teacher certificate and instead is intended for those who are interested in teaching English as an additional language outside of public, PreK-12 schools in New York State, such as internationally or within community-based organizations.
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): This program leads to an Ed.M. degree from the University at Buffalo, and to a recommendation for a New York State teacher certificate and is intended for those who are interested in teaching English in public, PreK-12 schools in New York State.
  • Early Childhood (birth – grade 2) or Childhood Education (grades 1-6) with Bilingual Extension: The teacher education program offers curricular options that lead to New York State teacher certificates in Early Childhood or Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension.
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE): The teacher education program offers a curricular option that leads to New York State teacher certificates (grades 7-12, plus grades 1-6 extension) in the following languages: Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish.