Time to degree is determined by many variables, including which doctoral program you enroll in and the methodological approach of your dissertation. However, the average time to degree across all SOE doctoral programs is roughly six years. The Joint Program in English and Education sets a goal of five years to work within the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts' ten term rule for funding.
No. Although some advanced doctoral students (those beyond their coursework) do, on occasion, complete their dissertations after reentering the workforce. This decision is made in consultation with the dissertation chair.
No. While being published in a peer-reviewed journal is an excellent example of the skills you will need to be a successful doctoral student, it is not a requirement for admission.
No. It is not a requirement that you reach out to faculty in advance of applying. Please indicate at least one faculty member that you are interested in working with in your application materials. Part of the application process may include an interview with faculty whose research interests align most closely with your own.