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Doctor of Education in TESOL (Ed.D.) Course Schedule

Real-time online classes are 90 minutes; the first hour is led by the professor and the final half hour is for student-led discussion. All times are California/Pacific Time. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Ed.D. TESOL students are required to attend two 4-day residential sessions during their program. Each year, an annual residential session will be held in California or other locations around the world on occasion. Details regarding the 2020 residential session are forthcoming.

Term Course Real-time Online Class time (Fridays CA time)
Term 1: January 6 - March 8, 2020 EDU 702 Individual Differences in Language Learning and Teaching
EDU 731: Quantitative Research Methods*
EDU 706: Special topics*
*please note that these are paired courses and students are expected to take both

Term 2: March 16 - May 17, 2020 EDU 711: Technology and Language Education TBA
Term 3: May 25 - July 26, 2020 EDU 700: Instructed Second Language Acquisition*
EDU 713: Special Topics*
Term 4: August 3 - October 4, 2020 EDU 705: Language Testing
EDU 712: ELT Materials Development
EDU 732: Dissertation Proposal Writing
*please note that these are paired courses and students are expected to take both
Term 5: October 12 - December 13, 2020 EDU 721: Language Teacher Education TBA


All online class times are California/Pacific Time. Please note that California observes Daylight Savings Time each year from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.

Comprehensive Exams are scheduled according to student need. Students who fail the Comprehensive Exam will be enrolled in a Study Term and assigned a professor to mentor them through the process of studying and synthesizing their coursework.  They will pay the standard tuition and records fee for this support and to re-sit the exam.  

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to take a required course when one is offered may prevent a student from completing his/her program in the allotted time, as all course work must be completed before a student will be allowed to advance to the dissertation phase of the program. Schedules are subject to change.

An application for the TESOL Doctor of Education (Ed.D) Program must include the following:

    • Application form
    • Application fee ($75)
    • One recent color photograph (digital is okay).
    • A scan of a current, government-issued photo ID
    • Official transcripts, licenses or certificates. The Ed.D in TESOL Program requires a Master's degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics or in a relevant area of Education required from an accredited institution recognized by the US Department of Education and/or CHEA, or by the government of the country in which the degree was awarded, and with an overall GPA of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent from non-USA Institutions.
      ( Note:  If the university does not routinely issue transcripts in English, original language records must be submitted with official English translations. We will accept translations issued by the university or by the following professional translation services: Accredited Language Services; Berlitz; Liaison Linguistics; Josef Silny & Associates; American Evaluation & Translation Services (AETS); and Education Evaluators International. Translations must be exact and complete versions of the original records.)
    • A resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing).
    • An outline (1,000 words) of the possible research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation that demonstrates his/her research experience and abilities.


Three reference letters (on letterhead with contact information) attesting to personal and professional qualifications. One reference must be from each of the following:

    • A recent employer.
    • A TESOL professional who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student.
    • A member of the academic faculty where the applicant completed his/her MA.


Non-native English speakers must demonstrate college-level proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Degree from an accredited institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Transcript from an accredited institution indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit where the language of instruction was English (“B” average)
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 550* PBT / 213 CBT/ 80 iBT.
  • A minimum TOEIC score of 800*.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5*.
  • A minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report) of 58.
  • A minimum BULATS Level 3 (60), accepted only for Cultura Inglesa in Brazil.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A minimum B2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge.


Once your application materials have been approved, you will need to submit an Enrollment Agreement and tuition payment to complete the enrollment process.

Internet Access: All students are required to have access to a computer equipped with Internet access capabilities.

Entrance Examination: There is no entrance examination required for admission to Anaheim University.

Transfer Credits:  Anaheim University will accept up to two graduate semester classes or 8 units awarded by another institution toward an Ed.D degree at Anaheim University. The entering student will be required to clearly demonstrate the equivalency of a transfer course through relevant documents (syllabus, catalog, course outline) and justify its acceptance through petition. No course will be considered for transfer with a grade lower than a “B” or its equivalent. Petitions are directed to the specific Dean for the affected program. There is a fee of $75 (Ed.D) per course of credit transferred, and the overall program cost will be adjusted to reflect credit for the approved class(es). All petitions for transfer credit must be submitted as part of the student’s initial application to the University. Credits awarded as part of another degree will not be accepted for transfer.

Prior Experiential Credit:  Anaheim University will not extend experiential credit to any student.

We currently do not accept students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island due to regulatory matters. For more information, please call our Vice President of Administrative Affairs at 714-772-3330.

Linh Phung"I would recommend the program to anyone who is currently working as a language teacher and wants to expand their knowledge and have access to leadership, research, and publication opportunities." – Chatham University English Language Program Director & AU Ed.D. in TESOL Graduate Dr. Linh Phung


The Online Doctor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ed.D. in TESOL) degree program consists of 16 courses and a dissertation, and will take approximately three to four years to complete.

Course Duration: Each course is nine weeks long.

EDU 700 Instructed Second Language Acquisition 4 units
EDU 701 Interlanguage Pragmatics 4 units
EDU 702 Individual Learner Differences in Language Learning and Teaching 4 units
EDU 703 Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching 4 units
EDU 704 Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers 4 units
EDU 705 Language Testing 4 units
EDU 706 Special Topic 4 units
EDU 710 Curriculum Design 4 units
EDU 711 Technology and Language Education 4 units
EDU 712 ELT Materials Development 4 units
EDU 713 Special Topic 4 units
EDU 720 ELT Leadership and Management 4 units
EDU 721 Language Teacher Education 4 units
EDU 730 Qualitative Research Methods 4 units
EDU 731 Quantitative Research Methods 4 units
EDU 732 Dissertation Proposal Writing 4 units
EDU 733 Dissertation 12 units
  Total number of required units
including two four-day seminars:
76 units


Linh Phung"I was impressed by who was on the faculty and wished to learn from them. I was also impressed by how responsive the professors were.” – Chatham University English Language Program Director & AU Ed.D. in TESOL Graduate Dr. Linh Phung


World-Class TESOL Faculty


Rod Ellis, Ph.D.

Rod EllisRod Ellis, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs
Doctor of Education in TESOL Program Designer
Senior Professor: TESOL

Dr. Rod Ellis is a world-renowned thought leader in the field of Second Language Acquisition. Prof. Ellis received his Doctorate from the University of London and his Master of Education from the University of Bristol. A former professor at Temple University both in Japan and the US, Prof. Ellis has served as the Director of the Institute of Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Auckland and has taught in numerous positions in England, Japan, the US, Zambia and New Zealand. Dr. Ellis, who is known as an expert in Second Language Acquisition, is author of the Oxford University...

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Hayo Reinders, Ph.D.

Dr. Hayo Reinders
Hayo Reinders, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Education Chair of Research
Professor: TESOL 

Dr. Hayo Reinders is Chair of Research for the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education. Holding a Ph.D. in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Auckland, Dr. Reinders is also Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. His previous positions include Head of Learner Development at Middlesex University in London, Director of the English Language Self Access Centre at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and associate professor at RELC in Singapore. He has worked with teachers from a large number of countries worldwide and has...

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David Nunan, Ph.D

David Nunan, Ph.D.David Nunan, Ph.D.

Master of Arts in TESOL Designer & David Nunan TESOL Institute Director
Senior Professor: TESOL

Dr. David Nunan is former president of TESOL, the world's largest language teaching organization and the world's leading textbook series author. David Nunan, Director of the MA TESOL program and David Nunan TESOL Institute, is the founding Dean of the Anaheim University Graduate School of Education and served as President of Anaheim University from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Nunan is a world-renowned linguist and best-selling author of English Language Teaching textbooks for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Thomson Learning. His ELT textbook series "Go For It" is the largest...

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Luke Plonsky, Ph.D.

Luke PlonskyGraduate TESOL Director
Professor: TESOL

Luke Plonsky (Ph.D., Michigan State University) specializes in three main areas of applied linguistics and TESOL: second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and research methods. Recent and forthcoming work in these and other areas can be found in virtually all major journals in the field including Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, Modern Language Journal, Second Language Research, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition and in book chapters published by Cambridge, De Gruyter, Routledge, and Wiley-Blackwell. Luke has also co-authored or edited four books including the best-selling 4th edition of

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MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D.

MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D.MaryAnn Christison, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

A past President of TESOL (1997-1998), MaryAnn Christison serves on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation (TIRF). Holding a Ph.D. in English/Linguistics from the University of Utah, Dr. Christison has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in applied linguistics for over 30 years. She is the author of over 80 refereed articles in journals on language teaching and second language research and 18 books including Leadership in English Language Education: Theoretical foundations and practical skills for changing times (with D. E. Murray), A Handbook for Langu...

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Andy Curtis, Ph.D.

Andy Curtis, Ph.D.Andy Curtis, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

The 2014-2015 President of the TESOL International Association, Dr. Andy Curtis is an expert in the field of Intercultural Communications. He has worked with teachers and learners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, North, South and Central America, and he has published articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, TESL-EJ and System, as well as several books and books chapters. Anaheim University TESOL Professor Andy Curtis began his professional life as a Medical Science Officer in Clinical Biochemistry, working at hospitals in England, but after gaining his first qualification in TESOL, ...

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Denise Murray, Ph.D.

Denise Murray,  Ph.D.Denise Murray, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Denise Murray served as President of TESOL from 1996-1997 and on the Board of Directors of TESOL for 7 years. TESOL Professor at Anaheim University, Prof. Murray is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Australia, and at San José State University, California. She was Executive Director of the AMEP Research Centre and of the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) at Macquarie University from 2000 to 2006. Prior to her appointment at Macquarie, she was founding Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State University f...

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Scott Aubrey, Ph.D.

Scott Aubrey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor: TESOL

Scott Aubrey received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Auckland in 2016. He has taught at language schools and universities in Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong.  Scott’s research and teaching interests include L2 motivation, the role of inter-cultural contact (inside and outside the classroom) in language learning, task-based language teaching, and L2 writing instruction. His published work includes articles in leading journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Language Teaching Research, and The Modern Language Journal. Scott currently lives in Hong Kong and teaches courses in Eng...

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Ken Beatty, Ph.D.

Ken Beatty, Ph.D.Ken Beatty, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Ken Beatty is an expert in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Dr. Beatty is the author/co-author of more than 100 textbooks for Pearson, Longman, Oxford University Press, Thomson, Heinle & Heinle and Hong Kong Educational Press including English as a Second Language textbooks and readers from the primary through university levels. Although most of these focus on various aspects of English as a Second Language, he also writes and reviews on the topic of CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). He is involved in electronic media and was Academic Advisor to Hong...

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Martha Cummings, Ph.D

Martha Cummings,  Ph.D.Martha Cummings, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Martha Cummings received her doctorate from Columbia University Teachers College. She has served on the Nominating Committee of TESOL and is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Diversity. Dr. Cummings has taught for The Monterey Institute of International Studies and the New School Online University, as well as ESL courses for the University of Aizu in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan, where she lived from 2002-2006. She has also lived and worked in New York City; Paris, France; Bratislava, (the former Czechoslovakia); Monterey, California; and Thermopolis, Wyoming. As part of the Unite...

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Thom Hudson, Ph.D.

Thom Hudson

Thom Hudson, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Thom Hudson received his BS degree in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and his MA degree in TESOL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is professor of Second Language Studies (SLS) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and co-editor of the electronic journal Reading in a Foreign Language. He has been on the Department of SLS faculty at UHM since 1989. Prior to coming to Hawai’i, he taught three years in Cairo, Egypt, numerous years in the U.S., directed a reading English for science and technology project for two year...

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John Macalister, Ph.D.

John Macalister, Ph.D John Macalister, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

John Macalister is Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and immediate past president of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand. His work in language curriculum design and language teaching methodology have been highlighted in two books published by Routledge and co-authored with Professor Paul Nation. One of the defining characteristics of John’s work is the link between research and practice with a recent example being the design of an English curriculum for trainee seafarers in Kiribati, an island rep...

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Sandra McKay, Ph.D.

Dr. Sandra McKay
Sandra McKay, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Sandra McKay is Professor Emeritus of English at San Francisco State University and currently an affiliate faculty member in the Second Language Studies program at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She received her doctorate from the college of education at the University of Minnesota in applied linguistics. Her main areas of work and research are second language teacher education, sociolinguistics (with a focus on English as an international English) and research methods. Her books include Teaching English as an International Language: Rethinking Goals and Approaches

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Jo Mynard, Ph.D

Jo Mynard, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Jo Mynard is a Professor in the English Department, Director of the Self-Access Learning Center (SALC), and Director of the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Chiba, Japan. She completed her Ed.D. in TEFL from the University of Exeter, UK in 2003 and an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland in 1997.  She has lived in Japan since 2015, but has also worked in the United Arab Emirates, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, the USA and Ireland and has been involved in language education since 1993. She is the founding editor of SiSAL Journal (Studies in Self-Access Learning), has been a committee member of the IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group since 2001, and is an executive officer for the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning. Her professional interests are learner autonomy, advising in language learning, affect, and learning beyond the classroom/self...

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Brian Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Brian TomlinsonBrian Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Professor: TESOL

Dr. Brian Tomlinson is considered to be one of the world's leading experts on materials development for language learning. In 1993 he established the world's first MA dedicated to the study of materials development for language learning (at the University of Luton in the UK) and he founded MATSDA (the internationally renowned Materials Development Association). He has been Chair and then President of MATSDA ever since 1993 and, as such, he launched the journal Folio and ran (with Hitomi Masuhara) a number of materials writing workshops in the UK and in Botswana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, ...

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Masatoshi Sato, Ph.D.

Dr. Masatoshi Sato
Masatoshi Sato, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: TESOL

Dr. Masatoshi Sato earned his Ph.D. in Educational Studies, Language Acquisition and a Master of Arts in Second Language Education from McGill University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Kobe University. In addition to serving as Associate Professor in TESOL at Anaheim University, Dr. Sato is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile. His research interests include peer interaction, corrective feedback, learner psychology, and...

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Natsuko Shintani, Ph.D.

Natsuko Shintani,  Ph.D.Natsuko Shintani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: TESOL

Natsuko Shintani obtained her PhD from the University of Auckland in 2011. She has worked as a language teacher in Japan and New Zealand, including in her own private language school for children. Her research interests include task-based language instruction, the role of interaction in second language acquisition and written corrective feedback. She has also worked on several meta-analysis studies of form-focused instruction. She has published widely in leading journals and is currently working on a single-authored book, The Role of Input-Based Tasks in Foreign Language Instruction for You...

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Julie Sykes, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Sykes Julie Sykes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: TESOL

Julie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Julie’s research focuses on the use of digital technologies for language acquisition with a specific focus on inter-language pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and inter-language pragmatic development. Julie’s experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and...

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Linh Phung"“Studying online fit my schedule perfectly. I enjoyed the online experience at Anaheim University because it allowed students to work independently as well as collaboratively. It also incorporated weekly live lectures, which were important in pushing us to complete all the necessary work before the lecture. The fact that the students and professor were on camera together once a week created a better sense of community.” – Chatham University English Language Program Director & AU Ed.D. in TESOL Graduate Dr. Linh Phung

Anaheim University Graduate School of Education Dean Dr. David NunanAU President Emeritus and former Dean of the Graduate School of Education Dean Dr. David Nunan teaching a live webcam class

The Anaheim University Graduate School of Education offers a cutting-edge online Doctor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Ed.D. in TESOL) degree program. Experience the following AU advantages:


  • Learn under globally acclaimed professors through live webcam classes
  • Receive Doctor of Education in TESOL through the flexibility of online learning
  • Meet your professors and classmates from around the world face-to-face at 2 residential sessions
  • Earn your Doctoral degree in approximately 3 years while working full-time
  • Improve your teaching skills and qualifications


  • 16 x 9 week Online Courses + Dissertation
  • Weekly live webcam classes
  • New terms begin every 10 weeks
  • Register for 1 or 2 courses per term
  • 1 Course = 4 Credit Points
  • Ed.D. in TESOL Program = 76 Credit Points
  • 2 x 4 day residential sessions. Sessions held annually in California or other select locations
  • Total duration = 3+ years