English Education

PhD in English Education

Develop the research and writing skills you need to become an academic researcher or teacher educator in the field of English education. This doctoral program prepares you to build a career as a university researcher, English curriculum specialist in governmental and non-profit educational organizations, or English teacher educator in post-secondary school systems.

What you'll learn

The doctorate requires a minimum of 54 credits and successful completion of written and oral candidacy requirements, as well as a dissertation. Specific requirements for the PhD degree are determined in consultation with your adviser.

How you'll learn

New York City as Your Research Setting
Based in one of the most diverse urban settings in the world, NYU is an ideal location to conduct educational research. We partner with schools across New York City to provide opportunities for fieldwork, giving you a wide range of potential sites for conducting research. 

Small Classes and Doctoral Seminars
Courses in this program prepare you to conduct independent research in your area of interest. You'll design research proposals, implement a research agenda, and disseminate findings. You will also attend doctoral seminars that foster deep conversations on relevant texts and issues in the field. 

Work Closely with Our Renowned Faculty
Our faculty members are leading efforts in educational reform, and conducting research on issues like barriers to literacy acquisition and the relationship of public schooling to social, political, and economic contexts. With the guidance of your faculty mentor, you will research and prepare a doctoral dissertation.

Learn more about our faculty:
Sarah Beck
Michael Kieffer
David Kirkland

How to apply

Doctoral applicants should have an academic background in English education, English, or a related field such as reading, linguistics, or TESOL. Preference will be given to applicants with three of more years of teaching the English language arts in grades K-12. See application requirements and deadlines for the PhD program in English Education.

We offer a competitive funding program for full-time PhD students that supports tuition and living expenses. See more information about the funding program or visit the Financial Aid website.

Prepare for a career as a
  • University researcher
  • Teacher educator
  • English education specialist in governmental and non-profit educational organizations
For more information about this PhD program, please contact

Sarah Beck
Program Director
East Building, Room 520
239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003