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Kevin Wong, Assistant Professor of Education

Kevin M. Wong

Program Chair For MA in TESOL
Assistant Professor of Education
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Kevin M. Wong is an Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the MA in TESOL Program in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Wong draws from his biracial, multilingual upbringing in Hong Kong to examine language learning among children, with a particular interest in new language learning and heritage language maintenance. As a former elementary public school teacher, Dr. Wong seeks educational equity for linguistically and culturally diverse students in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 contexts.

He is currently involved in research projects that investigate Chinese-English dual-language bilingual education programs, multiracial children's literature and identity development, and bilingual vocabulary learning from educational media. Dr. Wong has spoken at national and international conferences, and his research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Educational Psychology, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and Computer Assisted Language Learning.



  • PhD, New York University
  • MEd, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • BA, Duke University
  • Community-Based Research Grant (2022), Pepperdine University, $20,000
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award (2022), American Educational Research Association, Early Education and Child Development SIG
  • Provost Grant (2021), Pepperdine University, $3,000
  • Paul R. Pintrich Dissertation Award (2020), American Psychological Association, Educational Psychology Division 15
  • Doctoral Dissertation Grant (2018), The International Research Foundation for English Language Education
  • Deborah Partridge Wolfe Laureate Scholarship in Multicultural Education (2017), Kappa Delta Pi
  • Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship (2017), The Television Academy Foundation (Emmys Foundation), Los Angeles
  • George W. Perkins Memorial Scholarship (2015), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
  • 行政長官卓越教學獎 (2010), Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence, Hong Kong

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  • MATP620: Literacy Theory and Methods
  • MATP630: Teaching English Learners
  • EDTE601: Applied Linguistics for Language Educators
  • EDTE606: Theory to Practice – Language Pedagogy
  • PGLC791: Dissertation Research