The Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf) in TESOL programme is designed for educational practitioners who wish to conduct practice-focused research within their professional context. This is a part-time, distance-learning programme at PhD level for experienced professionals who aspire to, or are already working in, leadership roles within educational organisations, or who wish to advance their classroom practice through research.
During your studies on the programme, you will develop research skills through taught modules, and by producing a portfolio of scholarly work such as journal articles, edited book chapters, and policy documents. This portfolio will contribute to the enhancement of practice within your educational community, while also developing your professional profile.
- A flexible distance-learning structure that allows you to engage in study alongside professional and personal commitments
- The ability to complete doctoral research focused specifically on TESOL
- A focus on practice-based research that benefits your professional context
- The gradual development of a portfolio of scholarly work, which will enhance your professional profile during the programme
- Support in applying for professional recognition, where appropriate (e.g. HEA/BALEAP fellowships)
- The opportunity to engage with professional development opportunities within the International Education Institute and the wider University.
The DProf TESOL has two main components, making up a total of 540 credits for the programme:
- Supplementary studies (120 credits; recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be awarded for up to 60 of these credits)
- A portfolio that consists of professional projects (360 credits) and an integrative critical analysis (60 credits)
You will take taught modules at Master’s level over the initial 4 semesters of the programme (or 3 semesters, for students who enter into year 2). The modules are delivered in a variety of ways such as:
- recorded lectures
- recorded mini-lectures
- online written forums with students resident in other parts of the world
- intensive feedback sessions on your work.
In these modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then applying them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments include:
- a variety of different types of written assignments
- development of teaching plans
- material development
- assessed online written forums.
Two of the compulsory modules you will take are only offered to DProf TESOL students, and are designed to help you:
- acquire the skills you need to succeed as a doctoral practitioner
- formulate a proposal for the “professional projects” component of the programme.
You will need to submit a proposal for your professional projects work and undertake a progress review at the end of the supplementary studies component of the programme. Passing this progress review will allow you to move on to the professional projects component.
Portfolio (professional projects)
This part of the portfolio will total 35,000-40,000 words, and will normally include the following:
- 3-4 journal articles/edited book chapters
- a policy document/policy critique (e.g. school or national policies, or a current assessment paper) or 1-2 articles in practitioner journals.
At least one of the journal articles submitted for assessment should be in a peer-reviewed international or national journal, and published before completion of the programme (‘online first’ is acceptable). A submission might, for example, include one conference paper, one book chapter, one journal paper, and a policy paper.
Portfolio (integrative critical analysis)
This part of the portfolio will provide a reflective synthesis of all elements of the programme, and will explain the contribution you have made to professional practice in your chosen area. This part of the portfolio will total 12,500-15,000 words, and will normally include the following:
- Description of the academic and intellectual context for your professional projects
- A synthesis of your publications to demonstrate a coherent theme
- Critical reflection on your professional development during the programme
- Explanation of professional impact and contributions to knowledge resulting from your research.
Assessment for the award of Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf)
As with a PhD, your work will be evaluated for a doctoral award through a viva voce examination. If, following any revisions and/or resubmission after your viva, your work does not meet the requirements for the award of Doctor of Professional Practice, it will be considered for the award of either Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.