Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus 

Instructions: Residential/On Campus                    

Through course readings and service-learning and research experiences in local communities, our students explore the relationship of education to power; issues of difference and pluralism; the meaning of teaching for equity and access for all students; the social construction of knowledge; dialogic relations in the classroom; teaching for social justice; and the moral and ethical dimensions of education.

funding through assistantships
credit hours
100% faculty commitment
intensive research opportunities
Our ESL and Multicultural Education program

This doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction is intended to prepare experienced teachers (minimum 3 years) to assume leadership roles in the field of ESL and multicultural education. The plan of study is designed by the advisor and the student in order to meet the student’s needs and future goals. GRE test scores must be submitted to the Graduate School by all persons who are applying to begin any Ph.D. program in the School of Education.

Why Study ESL and Multicultural Education Here?

The ESL and Multicultural Education program is based on the belief that all teacher educators must be prepared to provide equity and access for all learners at all educational levels, kindergarten through doctoral studies. The preparation of educators to work with students whose first language is not English extends to developing an understanding of and appreciation for the backgrounds students bring to the classroom. In order to accomplish this goal, the underlying philosophy that guides the program is critical pedagogy, which incorporates the questioning of all practices that have an impact on immigrant and refugee students and their families.

Faculty Research Interests

Critical Autoethnography

Critical Pedagogy

Poetry and Narrative

English as a Second Language Education and Spanish-Speaking Immigrants

Multicultural Education

ESL and Multicultural Education Research Highlights

Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. (2017). Re-Assembly Required: Critical Autoethnography and  Spiritual Discovery. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. & Benard, S. M. (Eds.). (2016). Retelling Our   Stories: Critical Autoethnographic Narratives. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Cisneros, C. A., . . . Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. . . . (Authors listed in alphabetical order). (2016). 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 . . . 43: Justice! Ay! Ay! Ayotzinapa: A challenge for new critical qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(6), pp. 447-465. doi: 10.1177/1077800415615622. (Invited).

Tilley-Lubbs, G. A. (2016). Reconciliar dos naturalezas en el mismo cuerpo. Revista CES Psicología 9(1).

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the ESL and Multicultural Education Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) should contact the program leader, Dr. Gresilda Tilley-Lubbs, by email at

Visit our office at 300E War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

Spring: January 5

International Application

Spring: September 1


Gresilda Tilley-Lubbs
Program Leader
300E War Memorial Hall (0313)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-4658

Sherri Albert
Administrative Assistant
226 War Memorial Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061