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The PhD program 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 coursework in other subdisciplines within the Department of English (such as rhetoric and composition, applied linguistics and literature) and coursework 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.