English Education (Secondary and College) (PhD)

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Program Description

The PhD program in English Education prepares students to build a career as a university researcher, English curriculum specialist in governmental and nonprofit educational organizations, or English teacher educator in post-secondary school systems. Areas of focus include literature, reading, media education, composition education, curriculum development, and applied linguistics.
The program partners with schools across New York City to provide opportunities for fieldwork, giving doctoral students a wide range of potential sites for conducting research. Students attend doctoral seminars that foster deep conversations on relevant texts and issues in the field, design research proposals, implement a research agenda, and disseminate findings.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.