Ph.D. in Education - Language Education in Multilingual Contexts
Ph.D. students and graduates engage in research that plays a key role in advancing knowledge and serving the needs of multilingual students and their teachers in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
** Deadline is Dec. 1st.
The Language Education in Multilingual Contexts (LEMC) Ph.D. concentration provides opportunities for students to pursue research interests related to teaching and learning in preK-12 second language, foreign/world language, and bi/multilingual educational settings. LEMC doctoral students attend classes, work on mentored and collaborative research, and engage in a range of teaching and supervisory roles. Students build theoretical, methodological, and empirical expertise through coursework focused on language education as well as hands-on research with faculty researchers in multilingual preK-12 school contexts.
Career Opportunities include:
- University settings – conducting research in research intensive universities, teaching and/or conducting research in all types of higher ed institutions
- School districts - directing programs or conducting professional development in preK-12 second language, foreign/world language, and bi/multilingual educational settings
- Government educational agencies – developing language policies and programs
- Non-governmental agencies (NGOs) – conducting research and/or professional development
Students in the LEMC Ph.D. concentration have rich research and teaching experiences at UVA and become part of a national network of new-generation researchers. Students become researchers on day one of their program and continue to partner with faculty in research and teaching experiences that prepare them to succeed in their careers as educational scholars.
Ph.D. students in the Language Education in Multilingual Contexts concentration engage in a range of activities through the program, including working on research with other students and faculty members; taking courses in educational research, language education, and related fields; preparing presentations and papers for conferences; teaching or supervising pre-service teachers; attending talks at the School of Education and Human Development and across UVA; and working alongside practitioners.
Benefits that are unique to the School of Education and Human Development are:
- Flexibility – students can personalize the program by choosing courses that focus on their future career track and particular interests in language education.
- Interdisciplinarity – course selection is drawn from a range of programs in order to build comprehensive knowledge.
- Course selection – students can learn from experts across UVa by taking one or more courses from other schools in the university outside of the School of Education and Human Development.
- Faculty expertise– the faculty who lead and teach in this program are leaders in the multilingual education field, including Natasha Heny, Natalia Palacios, Judy Paulick, Filip Loncke and April Salerno.
- Advising is 1:1 - faculty work extensively with students on research and other Ph.D. milestones.
Students will complete all program milestones currently required of Ph.D. students in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education (CISE) Department, such as the preliminary exam, Qualifying Paper, Comprehensive Exams, Dissertation Proposal, and Dissertation Defense, in keeping with current departmental and school guidelines.
December 1st for admission the following fall semester.
Applicants are generally informed about admission by mid-March.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
LEMC Ph.D. students must be enrolled full-time throughout their programs and will ordinarily complete the program in four years of full-time study. Some students may take longer to complete requirements, depending on research assistantships and other responsibilities. All course work must be taken at the School of Education and Human Development.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.