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 acquisition, learning, and teaching.
The 17 cooperating departments span four colleges, and include Anthropology; Classics; Cognitive Science; Disability & Psychoeducational Studies; East Asian Studies; Educational Psychology; English; French and Italian; German Studies; Linguistics; Mexican American Studies; Middle Eastern & North African Studies; Psychology; Russian and Slavic Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences; Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies. Students may choose from major specializations in four areas: (1) Linguistic dimensions of L2 learning, (2) Sociolinguistic dimensions of L2 learning, (3) Cognitive dimensions of L2 learning, or (4) Instructional dimensions of L2 learning.Minor specializations include these same four areas, plus two additional twelve-unit minor options in Language Program administration or Technology in Second Language Teaching.
Admission to the program is based on the following kinds of evidence: (1) excellent prior academic performance in a related field as indicated by a transcript; (2) three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s performance; (3) an example of the student’s scholarly writing on a topic related to the proposed area of study, or a critical review of a book which is relevant; and (4) GRE general test. In addition, a methods course specific to language teaching is prerequisite for all students, and the TOEFL examination is required of international students. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 66 units beyond the B.A./B.S. degree including 24 units of required courses, 12 units in one of the 4 areas of specialization,12 units in a minor area of specialization (unless an external minor has other credit minimum requirements), and 18 units of dissertation. It is anticipated that most students entering this degree program will hold the master’s degree. Up to 24 units of prior graduate-level course work which is judged by the committee to be comparable to required courses in this program may be counted toward the 66 total units. Core course requirements include linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and research methodology, as well as second language acquisition theory. A detailed listing of courses and alternatives is available from the program office.
Prospective Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying examination after entry into the program. Before formal admittance to candidacy all students must pass a comprehensive examination in both the major and minor field of study. A final examination is required following completion of the dissertation.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
No minimim scores are indicated for the GRE exam. A writing score of 4.0 or higher is preferred.
Minimum TOEFL: Must meet University of Arizona Graduate College minimum requirement. Paper based: 550; iBT: 79
Minimum IELTS: Must meet University of Arizona Graduate College minimum requrement. Composite score of 7, no subject area below 6.
The majority of SLAT students receive funding for graduate study through Graduate Associate in Teaching (GAT) positions in cooperating departments and the Center for English as a Second Language. The cooperating departments generally make the final decision on the awarding of GAT positions. Graduate Associate in Teaching positions cover all or part of a student's tuition costs (depending on the level of hire). Benefits also include a regular stipend paid twice per month during the academic year, student health insurance coverage through the UA Campus Health Service, and discounts at the University of Arizona Bookstore. In addition to Graduate Associate in Teaching positions, a limited number of tuition and registration scholarships are available to waive the cost of in-state and/or out-of-state tuition. The potential availability of fellowships through the University of Arizona Graduate College varies from year to year, and are alloted to prospective students on a competitive basis. Decisions on scholarships and fellowships are made by the SLAT Executive Council during the application process each year.
Prospective students have the opportunity to indicate their interest in financial support for graduate study in the online SLAT application. Please go to https://slat.arizona.edu/students/prospective-students/ for more detailed information on the funding opportunities for this year's admissions cycle.
The PhD Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching accepts applications for fall entry only.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
The SLAT program requires 24 units of core coursework, 12 units of coursework in the major concentration, 12 units of coursework in the minor concentration, and 18 units of SLAT 920 Dissertation units (66 units total)
The Core Coursework requirements include coursework in each of the following seven content areas (all classes listed here are 3-unit classes):
SLAT Proseminar (3 units): SLAT 596Y
Instructional dimensions of L2 learning (3 credit): Options include EAS 580 (Chinese Language Pedagogy), GER 579 (Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning), TLS 536 (World Languages Methodology [K-12]).
Linguistic dimensions of L2 learning (3 units): Options include LING 500 (Linguistics for Non-Majors), LING 503 (Foundations of Syntactic Theory I), ENGL 612 (Grammatical Analysis)
Socio-cultural dimensions of L2 learning (3 units): Options include ANTH 576 (Language in Culture), CHN 585 (Chinese Sociolinguistics), RSSS 515 (Language and Identity), SPAN 584A (Introduction to Sociolinguistics)
Cognitive dimensions of L2 learning (3 units): Choose between LING 532 (Psychology of Language) or LING 540 (The Bilingual Mind)
Quantitative Research Methods (3 units): Options include ED P 541 (Statistical Methods in Education), ENGL 596J (Second Language Acquisition Research), LING 507 (Statistical Analysis for Linguistics)
Qualitative Research Methods (3 units): Options include EAS 577 (Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics: East Asia and Beyond), SPAN 584C (Research Methods in Sociolinguistics), TLS 605 (Qualitative Methods in Education)
Substitutions are permitted for all classes except the SLAT Proseminar. Students must obtain approval from the SLAT Graduate Advisor for any substitutions.
*Topics for ENGL 596O rotate. Obtain prior approval from the SLAT Graduate Advisor to ensure the selected class will meet this core requirement.
The SLAT major consists of twelve (12) units of coursework. The SLAT program offers four options to choose from for the major area of concentration. All classes listed are three-unit classes. Students may select a major area from:
Other Requirements for Successful Completion of the SLAT Program are outlined below. Please see the SLAT Timeline Checklist for a quick reference guide on each of these program requirements. SLAT policy for each phase of the degree program can be found in the SLAT Student Handbook.
Establish proficiency in a 2nd language at program entry.
Pass Qualifying Exercise by end of 2nd semester.
Complete/Submit SLAT Map by 3rd semester
Complete/Submit Plan of Study to Grad College by 3rd semester
Complete 2nd year workshops by end of 4th semester
Complete core and major course work by 4th semester
Form Comprehensive Exam committee by 4th semester
Submit SLAT Comprehensive Exam Approval form 30 days before exam
Complete Comprehensive exam by end of 5th semester
File SLAT Dissertation Committee form by end of 5th semester
Present dissertation proposal by end of 5th semester
Defend dissertation by end of 8th semester
Students who transfer in fewer credits from their MA program may be granted an extended timeline. 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.
SLAT Ph.D. students may choose to minor in the SLAT program. The SLAT minor consists of twelve (12) units of coursework. A student may not major and minor in the same SLAT area of concentration. The SLAT minor areas include:
(All classes listed are three-unit classes..All minor areas listed are twelve-units minors.)
Class substitutions are permitted. Meet with the SLAT Graduate Advisor to approve any substitutions.
SLAT Ph.D. students may select an external Ph.D. minor. Students must follow the credit and course requirements set by the minor program if they choose an external minor.
*Topics for ENGL 596O rotate. Obtain prior approval from the SLAT Graduate Advisor to ensure the selected class will meet this requirement.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||19.67%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||30%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||70%|
|Enrollment Percent International||62%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||4%|