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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition (TLD)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 13.1401
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 104
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 67

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (EDI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
John Liontas
Phone: 813-974-3460


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Program Information

This is a doctoral program in the College of Education . It combines the expertise of both faculties from Foreign Languages and Instructional Technology to provide a curriculum in pedagogy, second language acquisition, sociocultural theory, pragmatics, instructional technology, statistics, and research design. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in academia.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements under the advanced graduate education programs, applicants must do the following:

  • Possess a Master’s degree ( or equivalent academic level) from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent;
  • present a minimum GPA of 3.5 at the Master’s level (or international equivalent);
  • preferred score at or above 500 on the GRE verbal reasoning (or 153 on New GRE) and 4 on the GRE analytical writing section; and
  • Submit a TOEFL score of minimum 550 (paper?based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet?based), if applicable.
  • Submit a “Statement of Purpose” relating their career goals specifically to this doctoral program and describing their experience with instructional technology and language teaching and offering evidence of research experience and/or scholarly promise;
  • Supply a current curriculum vitae;
  • Provide 3 letters of recommendation from professors or other individuals who can attest to the applicant’s experience and background;
  • Meet with the graduate faculty for a personal/phone interview; and
  • In addition to proficiency in their native language (L1), students must demonstrate proficiency in another world languages (L2 ). Proficiency in speaking the L2 must be at the “Advanced” level or higher, as measured on the Oral Proficiency Guidelines (OPI) of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For specific information, consult The program advisors will determine whether the students have met this requirement based on these as well as other criteria identified by the SLA/IT faculty.

The faculty will evaluate each applicant’s dossier based on a composite of variables and appropriateness of fit with the program.

For international applicants
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet?based test, or 550 on the paper?based test, are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • The applicant’s native language is English, or
  • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
  • Has earned a Master’s degree (or equivalent academic level) at a U.S. institution of higher learning in ESOL/TESOL Education, Second/Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or related field, or
  • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on the
    transcript), or
  • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships
  • Other information as required by the program of interest.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Program of Study: 67 hours minimum post-masters

40 hours of core requirements (with suggested credit hours for different sub?categories);
18 credit hours of electives; and
9 hours of dissertation work.

Core Requirements - 40 hours

Technology in Education (9 hours)
EDF 6284 (3) Problems in Instructional Design
EME 7938 (3) Computer?Augmented Instructional Paradigms

And one of the following:
EME 6208 (3) Interactive Media
EME 6613 (3) Development of Technology-Based Instruction (pre-requisite: EDF 6284)
EME 7939 (3) Research Methods in Technology-Based Education

Second Language Acquisition ( 15 hours)
SLA 7911 (3) SLA Research Lab
SLA 7938 (3) Advanced Seminar in SLA
FLE 7939 (3) Advanced Seminar in FLE
FLE #### (3) Applications of Technology to SLA/FLE
FLE 7367 (3) Sociocultural Theory in SLA

Statistics/Measurement/Research Design ( 16 hours minimum)
EDF 6407 (4) Statistical Analysis for Education I
EDF 7477 (4) Qualitative Research I

And two of the following:
EDF 7408 (4) Statistical Analysis of for Education II
EDF 7478 (4) Qualitative Research II
EDF 7410 (4) Design for Systematic Studies in Education (final semester)

Other relevant research course(s) as needed.

Electives - 18 hours
Courses are selected with the approval of the students graduate program a dvisor or committee with a minimum of nine (9) hours completed in the area of Second Language Acquisition. Elective coursework must be taken at the graduate and/or advanced graduate level.

EDG 6931 (3) Heritage Language Teaching & Learning
EME 6053 (3) Internet in Education
EME 6055 (3) Current Trends in Instructional Technology
EME 6613 (3) Development of Technology-Based Instruction (pre-requisite: EDF 6284)
FLE 6639 (3) Second Language Reading and Literacy

Qualifying Examination
All students will be required to pass a written qualifying examination (QE). The QE integrates work in the specialization, cognate, and foundations areas, in this case, in Technology Education, Second Language Acquisition, and Teacher Education.

Dissertation - 9 hours
SLA 7980 (9) Dissertation

Residency requirements
Students must enroll in a minimum of nine hours for each of two semesters in a 12 month period to fulfill the residency requirements. Students in the Ph.D. program should be engaged in no more than half-time employment during the residency period.

Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change, per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

LIN5700, FLE6665, LIN6720, LIN6081, TSL5371, TSL5372, EME5403, TSL5440, FLE4314, FLE5313, FLE4333, FLE5331, EDF6407, EDF7408, EDF7477, EDF7478, EDF7410, EEX7743, EDG7931, SLA7776, SLA7776, SLA7776, SLA7776, SLA7776, SLA7776, SLA7938, SLA7939, EDG7367, EME6936, FLE6932, EDF6284, EME7938,