Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

Programs under this Major:
Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)

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The Graduate Interdisciplinary Ph.D.Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching provides an instructional program to prepare researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators at all levels of instruction who are concerned with aspects of second language... Show Full Description

Department: Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

(520) 621-7391
(520) 626-8022
Mailing Address:
Modern Languages 549, 1423 East University Blvd.
P.O Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, Technology in Second Language Teaching

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Doctor of Philosophy Program (PhD)

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Kelley Merriam-Castro, Shaun O'Connor
(520) 621-7391

Advising Questions

Dr. Ana Carvalho

Financial Aid

  • Teaching Assistantships in collaborating departments
  • Tuition and Registration Scholarships
  • Graduate College Fellowships

Application Requirements

Minimum GPA
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based) Score
Minimum IELTS (overall band score)

Standardized Test Requirements

Required Standardized Test(s)
Minimum GRE Writing Score

Other Application Requirements

  • - Master's degree or equivalent
  • - 3 letters of recommendation
  • - Curriculum Vitae
  • - Statement of purpose
  • - Transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (scanned copies required for application review, paper originals required once admitted)
  • - Scholarly writing sample (e.g., substantial term paper, preferably in SLAT-related field)

Application Deadline(s)

Domestic Applicants
December 15
No admissions
Summer I
No admissions
Summer II
No admissions
International Applicants
December 15
No admissions
Summer I
No admissions
Summer II
No admissions

Program Codes

GRE Institution Code (University of Arizona)
GRE Subject Code(s)
4832 (University of Arizona. No department code necessary)

Program Requirements

Minimum Credit Hours


Satisfactory Academic Progress Website

Core Courses

Summary of Program Requirements (beyond B.A./B.S. degrees, including transferred units):
- 27 units of required core courses (including a three-unit SLAT Proseminar);
- 18 units in one of 4 areas of specialization;
- 9-12 units of minor;
- 18 units dissertation.
Total: 66 -75 Units
For more information about required courses, see

Language Requirement(s)

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6). SLAT adheres to Graduate College minimums.

Applicants may request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official TOEFL score report directly to The University of Arizona. Contact TOEFL Services to request the mailing of your score report. The University of Arizona institution code is 4832. No departmental code is required for TOEFL submission as all scores are received centrally at the University of Arizona.

SLAT also has a second language proficiency requirement, described on page 23 of the SLAT handbook.

Other Requirements for Successful Completion of the Program

SLAT Ph.D. Guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress
For the Academic Year 2012-2013

Progress checklist

Program milestone Completion window
? Establish proficieny in a 2nd language _at entry ? by comps____
? Pass Qualifying Review _by end of 2nd semester_
? Complete/Submit SLAT Plan of Study _by 3rd sem ____________
? Complete/Submit Plan of Study to Grad College _by 3rd sem ____________
? Complete 2nd year workshop _at end of 4th sem _____
? Complete core and major course work _by 7th sem ____________
? Form Comps committee _by end of 7th sem______
? Submit SLAT Program Approval form _by November 7th sem____
? Submit SLAT Comps Approval form _30 days before comps __
? Complete PhD Comps _by end of 8th sem______
? Create dissertation committee _by end of 8th sem______
? File SLAT Dissertation Committee form _by end of 8th sem______
? File Committee Appt. form with Grad College _by end of 8th sem______
? Complete the PhD minor course work _by end of 9th sem______
? Present dissertation proposal _by end of 9th sem______
? Defend dissertation _by end of 10th sem_____

Students must meet all program requirements by published deadlines in order to remain in good standing. Students who are out of compliance with SLAT policy are ineligible for SLAT funding, including tuition support. Students who continue to be out of compliance with SLAT progress guidelines for more than 2 semesters may be asked to leave the program.

For program policy and requirements associated with each step towards the degree, please see the SLAT Handbook.

Minor Requirements

SLAT offers a Doctoral Minor in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching for students enrolled in University of Arizona doctoral programs other than SLAT. The SLAT minor requires completion of twelve units of coursework, including:

?3 units of SLAT 596Y (Proseminar),
?3 units of SLAT 615 (Theories of Second Language Acquisition) and
?6 other units of SLAT coursework approved by the SLAT graduate advisor

Please consult with the SLAT advisor before assuming any proposed coursework will be approved to apply to your program.