Residency Requirements

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Composition and TESOL

    The Composition and TESOL Graduate Program is committed primarily to serving professionals who are employed or who have strong promise of employment. This commitment means that course offerings are arranged to accommodate teaching schedules of secondary, two-year, and four-year college teachers. With this flexibility of scheduling, graduate students can usually pursue their studies without interrupting their careers, or they can take advantage of sabbaticals and leaves to complete course work.

    Thirty-six credits of course work are required. Most students complete their course work in three consecutive summers (12 credits each summer) or in two academic years (nine credits each semester for four semesters). Once they begin, students are expected to make steady progress through course work and their dissertations.

    For Academic-Year Cohort Students

    Academic year cohort students will take three courses in each of the Fall and Spring terms. The exception to the three courses each semester requirement relates to students final Spring semester when they may take the number of courses required to complete the required 36 hours.

    For Summer Cohort Students

    Summer cohort students may take up to five courses in each summer. This includes a maximum of one pre-session course, and no more than four courses in combined Summer Sessions I and II.

    Total Credit Hours: 48 (Including Dissertation)