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The Joint PhD Program in English and Education prepares students with prior teaching experience to assume positions as professors of English and/or professors of Education. The Program emphasizes research traditions and methods appropriate to study in the discipline of English as well as those customarily followed in the study of educational issues; because of this, the Program is interdisciplinary in character, and students have the opportunity to take a broad range of courses in English and education, and others outside those fields.

What is the Program really like?

One of the Program's chief strengths is the consistent and supportive colleagueship that has developed among students and faculty. The Program has helped its many highly qualified students achieve a satisfying, rich doctoral experience; in large part because it offers mature graduate students the flexibility they need to achieve their own aims in a demanding intellectual environment. Current students will gladly explain their experience.   A recent issue of the Program newsletter, Dimensions and Directions, is available upon request (previous versions also available online).

Fostering Interdisciplinarity Teaching and Research By Liz Homan: 

One of the many things that attracted me to the University of Michigan was its dedication to fostering interdiciplinary teaching and research. U-M offers multiple dual-degree and joint programs, such as the one I call home, the Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE). I chose JPEE precisely because I wanted to work at the intersection of English and Education - and this was quite literally the only program in the country that placed an equal emphasis on both.

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See what our graduates are doing.

Traditionally, graduates of the Program have obtained jobs in:  (a) university English departments focusing on rhetoric and composition or on English education (b) university departments of education, teaching methods courses, adolescent literature, or literacy courses.  Some graduates have found joint appointments in English departments and schools of education.  Others have assumed supervisory roles in state departments of education, in intermediate school districts, and in independent schools. The Program’s placement rate is excellent; please take a moment to view a list of our alumni and their current positions.

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