Composition and TESOL, PhD

  • Graduate English students

    PRACTICE CLASSROOM STRATEGIES:  You'll develop your teaching skills by practicing classroom strategies and methods under the guidance of faculty mentors who are experts in the field.

    Program one of the oldest and largest in the nation

    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 gives students the option of exploring first and second language literacy in English.

    Develop your expertise as a teacher-scholar

    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 options, course requirements and course offerings. For more detail, review the Composition and TESOL Program Handbook. And please see our student testimonials.

    Contact Us

    Sharon Deckert
    Director, Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL

    Margaret Shotts
    Secretary, Graduate Studies in English

    Composition and TESOL Faculty and Staff