English (English Education), PhD

The PhD in English with a concentration in English education prepares students to examine the writing and reading practices of secondary students as well as the instructional practices of secondary English language arts teachers by emphasizing the relationship between pedagogy and research methodologies used to study the teaching of secondary English. Possible areas for research focus within this program include young adult literature, secondary reading and writing practices, new literacies, English language learning, critical literacy, and secondary English language arts curriculum and instruction development. The program encourages students to pursue course work in other subdisciplines within the Department of English (such as rhetoric and composition, applied linguistics and literature) and course work in the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College (such as literacy and educational research methodology). The program prepares students to become professors of English education or to pursue other relevant opportunities in research and administration.

The Graduate College requires a grade point average of “B” (3.0) or better in the last two years of work leading to the bachelor’s degree. The Admissions Committee will consider applicants with master’s degrees in English education and related fields such as English literature, applied linguistics, education, and rhetoric and composition. A minimum of three years full-time teaching or volunteer work in secondary English language arts classrooms or in literate-rich settings (i.e. Peace Corps, community organizations, and libraries) is preferred. Students seeking advice should consult with the graduate program manager and/or the program director.

Candidates must submit the following:

Online application: graduate.asu.edu/admissions.

  • One- to two-page statement of interest explaining the applicant’s interest in the program, and how the applicant’s background and preparation led to his or her specific career and research goals.
  • Academic writing sample that provides strong evidence of academic writing ability.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s promise in English education, includ¬ing one letter from a school principal and two letters from university professors.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • GRE general test scores.
  • Official transcripts.

An application fee is required. Official transcripts and test scores must be sent to the ASU Graduate Education, Admissions Office.  Institution code for test scores is 4007.

International students must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score report sent to the Graduate College. Please refer to this webpage for the Department's English proficiency requirements.

For more information contact the Graduate Studies Office enggrad@asu.edu or the program director Jessica Early

Detailed information on how to apply. 

James Blasingame - English education: the teaching of writing using the "six trait model", cowboy poetry.

Sybil Durand - young adult literature (YAL) and post-colonial YAL.

Jessica Early - English education and secondary literacy, language and literacy practices in ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary English classrooms, preparation of urban English language arts teachers.

Christina Saidy-Hannah – literacy standards.

Degree Offered

English (English Education), PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

ONE deadline: January 15 for fall.

How to Apply

See the Qualification and  Application Procedures tabs above.

Questions? Contact enggrad@asu.edu

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