Language, Equity, and Educational Policy (LEEP)

The Language, Equity and Educational Policy (LEEP) PhD is a research-oriented degree intended for students interested in becoming educational researchers. The LEEP option prepares candidates to assume various positions in post-secondary education, leadership in community education, faculty positions in colleges or universities or teacher education programs.  Working with faculty advisors, candidates create and implement a program of study that provides comprehensive knowledge of research with bi/multilingual communities, equity in education contexts, and educational policies.

Research and Interest in the Language, Equity, and Education Policy Option

  • K-12 education and policy, especially related to bilingual learners in the United States.
  • In and out of school learning in Spanish/English bilingual contexts.
  • Teacher education in ESOL/bilingual and literacy education.
  • Education foundations in social justice and critical pedagogies


Option Requirements:  The LEEP option is a minimum 108 credits which include: a core curriculum (48 credits) in quantitative and qualitative research, practicum, 13-18 credits in a specialty area, and a dissertation. An additional 12 to 16 credits of research methods and elective courses as approved by the major professor (faculty advisor).

Applicant requirements: 3.0 GPA or better. Master’s degree or equivalent is highly recommended. In addition, applicants must have significant experience in an education or education-related setting such as teaching, community education, university teaching, leadership administration, curriculum specialist or in a setting where the primary function is education. Applicants should have a background in at least one of the areas of “Research and Interest” found above. 

This option follows a cohort model. Applications only accepted for fall term. 

Please begin your application early. It is a multiple step process.


The College offers graduate assistantships, scholarships and fellowships for students applying to the PhD program. However, such funding is limited and awarded on a competitive basis. Students seeking a graduate assistantship or fellowship must apply to the program by December 1st. 

College of Education scholarships and fellowships

The College of Education scholarship deadline is early March annually (subject to change).

Graduate School Awards

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Outside scholarships for Latino/Hispanic students

For more information:

Dr. Carol McKiel,, 541-737-1546