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Composition and TESOL, PhD

Graduate English students

BUILD YOUR SKILLS AS A TEACHER  You’ll develop your teaching skills by practicing classroom strategies and methods under the guidance of faculty mentors who are experts in the field.

The IUP doctoral program in Composition and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is one of the oldest and largest in the United States and one of only a few programs in the world that give students the option of exploring first and second language literacy in English.

Our students benefit from a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and research-based understanding of first and second language literacy instruction. With accomplished, international faculty in the fields of composition, TESOL, rhetoric, and applied linguistics, our program offers the unique experience of working across disciplinary lines and integrating research on language, literacy, culture, and writing.

Our curriculum is built on the concept of the teacher-scholar. We help doctoral students conduct innovative research and we promote teaching practices that are informed by research. Our students become accomplished teacher-scholars known for their enthusiasm, research, teaching, and publications. They enjoy careers as faculty members, literacy researchers, writing program directors, academic administrators, and expert consultants. 

We welcome students who wish to explore the ever-widening contexts of literacy and language around the world and who recognize the importance, value, and beauty of literacy research and instruction.

Program Highlights

  • PhD in English with specialties in Composition and TESOL
  • Two academic residency options: summers or academic year
  • Twelve graduate faculty members
  • Thoughtful blend of theory and practice
  • Friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere

More Information

Learn more about the PhD in Composition and TESOL: how to apply, regular and summer-only residency optionscourse requirements and course offerings. For more detail, review the 2012-13 C&T Program Handbook. And please see our student testimonials.

Contact Us

Dr. Sharon K. Deckert 
Director, Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL

Margaret Shotts
Secretary, Graduate Studies in English

Composition and TESOL Faculty and Staff

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  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2264
  • Fax: 724-357-3056
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 7:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.