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Pedagogical Studies Concentration with a Focus on TESOL

In 2016, the UAB School of Education and Human Sciences launched the Educational Studies in Diverse Populations (ESDP) PhD. This doctoral program offers a Pedagogical Studies Concentration which encompasses all teaching fields in UAB's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, including TESOL.

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UAB PhD ESDP students Matthias Maunsell Melissa Hawkins Carl Floyd

Of the 15 students in Cohort 2, three are TESOL educators: (left to right) Matthias Maunsell (EFL teacher from Ireland with experience in Spain, Mexico, and Qatar), Melissa Hawkins (International Teaching and Learning Specialist at UAB's Center for Teaching and Learning), and Carl Floyd (ESL teacher at a high school in Hoover, Alabama). These three educators started this PhD program in Fall 2017, are currently conducting their dissertation research, and will be graduating in 2021-22.

Melinda Harrison Tricia Merritt

Of the 11 students in Cohort 3, two are TESOL educators: (left to right) Melinda Harrison (Lecturer in the English Department, University of Auburn Montgomery) and Tricia Merritt (ESL teacher at an elementary school in Fultondale, Alabama). Both of these educators started this PhD program in Fall 2018, are currently finishing up their coursework, and will soon be starting on their dissertation research.