DOCTORAL

English and Education

Overview & Requirements
Applying
Careers & Internships

The Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE) is interdisciplinary in nature, offering top-flight resources and a supportive and engaging community of scholars. You have the flexibility to craft a program centered on your individual interests, whether that’s rhetoric, composition, literacy studies, or English education.

You will have opportunities to write proposals and make presentations at conferences around the world. You are invited to participate in research projects that include faculty from inside and outside the university. All students may pursue research projects collaboratively with faculty, including social justice- and activist-oriented research, in addition to individual dissertation research.

The Joint PhD Program in English and Education (JPEE) is designed for students who hold master’s degrees in English or education and who have teaching experience.

All students are guaranteed five years of full funding. There is additional support for conference travel, research projects, and summer research and writing.

Additional Certificate and Endorsement Opportunities
Learning Experience Design Certificate

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective students

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Joint Program in English and Education

Connect with JPEE

Contact

ed.jpee@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-6643
Fax: (734) 936-1606
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/jpee/

 

Location

610 E. University Avenue
Room 4204
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Office Hours

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Application Deadline

Final
December 30
All students

Application Process

Step 1: Prepare your application materials

To submit a successful application for admission, you need to provide the following:

  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    • A clear statement of your academic and career interests, specifying reasons for wanting to enter this particular program, usually one to three pages in length. 
  • Personal Statement 
    • Describe how your background and life experiences, including cultural, geographical, financial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, motivated you to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. 
  • Sample of Academic Writing
    • Ten to 20 pages of your academic writing
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • The three required letters can be submitted online or on paper. 
    • To have them submitted electronically, register three recommenders when you fill out the online application. 
    • If the letters will be sent by mail, they should be delivered to the Joint Program in English and Education office in the School of Education, 610 East University, SEB 4204, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 -1259, not to Rackham. If the letters of recommendation will be submitted by mail, use the letter of recommendation form.
  • Resume or CV 
  • TOEFL (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
    • Applicants are required to provide an official score report from the TOEFL. 
    • The minimum TOEFL scores accepted are 620 (paper), 260 (computer), or 106 (internet). 
    • Scores from exams other than the TOEFL are not accepted. 
    • Photocopies and/or faxed scores will not be accepted.
  • GRE Test Scores (optional)
    • GRE scores are no longer required, but if you plan to submit scores anyway, please take the general GRE no later than October and provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code 1839 to have your scores sent directly to the university.
    • Scores are valid up to 5 years from the test date.
Step 2: Create an ApplyWeb account, managed by Rackham Graduate School

Create an account with Rackham Graduate School.

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree.

Step 3: Complete pages 1-5 of application using ApplyWeb
  • After completing page 5 of the application, you will receive an e-mail with your U-M ID. A U-M ID number will be issued to you via email within 5 business days of completing pages 1-5 and advancing to page 6 of the ApplyWeb application. Having your U-M ID number to include on all your application materials ensures accurate and timely processing, so we encourage you to complete pages 1-5 early in the process.
  • If you need to submit your application before you receive your U-M ID number, you may still complete the application. Include your date of birth and the program’s name on your application materials.
  • Current and former U-M Ann Arbor students, alumni and employees: You do not need to obtain a new U-M ID number. Use your previously obtained U-M ID number.
  • If your personal information has changed (for example, legal name, gender), make sure the personal information you submit with your application matches your previous Ann Arbor campus record. If your previous Ann Arbor campus record does not display your current personal information, contact the Registrar’s Office or the Shared Services Center to change your personal information before you apply.
Step 4: Upload academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, sample of academic writing, and a curriculum vitae (CV) to the ApplyWeb application

Include at the top of each document:

  • The type of document 
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)

Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Step 5: Submit test scores
  • TOEFL (for non-native speakers of English only; valid 2 years from test date)
    • Applicants are required to provide an official score report from the TOEFL. 
    • The minimum TOEFL scores accepted are 620 (paper), 260 (computer), or 106 (internet). 
    • Scores from exams other than the TOEFL are not accepted. 
    • Photocopies and/or faxed scores will not be accepted.
  • GRE Test Scores (optional)
    • GRE scores are no longer required, but if you plan to submit scores anyway, please take the general GRE no later than October and provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code 1839 to have your scores sent directly to the university.
    • Scores are valid up to 5 years from the test date.
Step 6: Submit transcripts
  • Submit one set of transcripts from each college or university attended to Rackham as part of the online application process. 
  • An official set of transcripts must also be sent by e-transcript or by mail to: Rackham Graduate School, 0120 Rackham Bldg., 915 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Step 7: Submit letters of recommendation
  • The three required letters can be submitted online or on paper. 
  • To have them submitted electronically, register three recommenders when you fill out the online application. 
  • If the letters will be sent by mail, they should be delivered to the Joint Program in English and Education office in the School of Education, 610 East University, SEB 4204, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 -1259, not to Rackham. If the letters of recommendation will be submitted by mail, use the letter of recommendation form.
Step 8: Create a U-M Friend Account

Check on your application status. If you’ve been accepted, you will receive an email with information on how to send your official transcripts.

Step 9: Respond to admission offer
Contact us

Phone: 734.763.6643
Fax: 734.936.1606
ed.jpee@umich.edu

Quick Facts

GRE general exam not required

GRE scores are no longer required, but if you plan to submit scores anyway, please take the general GRE no later than October and provide ETS with the U-M Institutional Code 1839 to have your scores sent directly to the university.

Minimum TOEFL scores

620 (paper)
260 (computer)
106 (internet)

Financial aid available

Yes

Careers

To date, we have an outstanding placement record for graduates who have chosen to pursue tenure-track faculty positions in education and English departments in colleges and universities; graduates also assume a broad range of careers in K-12 administration, educational nonprofits, and government-sponsored agencies.

Internships

During the semesters when they are not on fellowship, JPEE students teach one course per semester, and they have opportunities to serve as instructors of record in a variety of courses in both the Department of English and the School of Education.   Most begin by teaching first-year composition, and from there they move on to professional writing, creative writing, advanced composition, methods of teaching English, or courses in related fields.  One of the goals of the Program is to ensure that students have an opportunity to teach many different courses while they are in graduate school.