English Language Arts Education

English Language Arts Education

Faculty and graduate students in English Language Arts Education study the teaching and learning of English language arts and literacy, primarily in preK-12 school contexts. This includes attention to both teachers and learners as they engage in practices of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the creation and interpretation of literary and other texts. These reflect the full range of literacies broadly conceived: children’s and adolescent literatures (canonical and new) multimodal, digital, media, visual, etc. We conduct research on English language arts education from varied and complementary perspectives, including (but not limited to) studies of reading and writing processes and discursive practices from early childhood through adulthood, of policies that shape English language arts education, of differences in how learners from varying backgrounds experience language arts classrooms, of ways these experiences connect to (and disconnect from) their literacy experiences outside of school, of how literacy learners negotiate cultural identities and communities through, from and with texts, and of connections between social practice of literacy and social justice.  We engage diverse methodologies to carry out this inquiry. We also study the preparation and professional development of teachers of language arts.

Please survey the faculty’s work and make direct contact with the member who most closely addresses your interests.

Possible options include:

  • Reading, Writing, and Language Arts (PK-12)
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Literacies
  • Reading Specialists
  • Writing Education
  • Rural Education/Literacies
  • Urban Education/Literacies
  • Academic Assessment (Practice Based Evidence)
  • New Literacies
  • Multiple, multimodal, and disciplinary literacies
  • Designing Supportive and Inclusive Contexts for Literacy


Application Deadline for the PhD program:  December 15

Please survey the faculty’s work and make direct contact with the member who most closely addresses your interests, or contact Bonnie Richardson, the Graduate Program Assistant at bli103@psu.edu for general information on doctoral studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.



Our faculty are national and international leaders in the fields of literacy and language arts at major organizations; and serve as editors or members of editorial boards of major journals.  Below are examples of these commitments.  Please, visit individual faculty pages to learn more about the diverse academic commitments of the ELA team.


Leadership Positions

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

  • SIG:  Rural

Conference on English Education (NCTE)

Reading Hall of Fame (ILA)

Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE)


Editorship/Editorial Board Membership

Bank Street Occasional Papers

Critical Education

Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies

English Teaching

Girlhood Studies

International Journal of Education and the Arts

International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy

Journal of Negro Education

Journal of Research in Rural Education

Language Arts

Literacy in Composition Studies

Reading Research Quarterly

Reading Teacher

Research in the Teaching of English


Apply:  http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/apply/