PhD in Composition and TESOL: Residency Requirements

  • 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 and may take one course each summer, two with the approval of the doctoral coordinator. 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. Leaves of absence are not permitted as noted in the leaves of absence policy in the Program Handbook.

    For Summer Cohort Students

    In the first year, summer cohort students will take two courses in Summer I and two courses in Summer II. During the following two years of their program, students will take two courses in Summer I and two courses in Summer II, with the option of taking a pre-session course with a total of no more than five courses in a summer. The exception to this is the final Summer II, in which students may take only the number of courses required to complete the required 36 hours. Summer cohort students may only take one academic-year course during their program and two with the permission of the program director. Leaves of absence are not permitted as noted in the leaves of absence policy in the Program Handbook.

    Total Credit Hours: 48 (Including Dissertation)