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PhD Specialization in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The doctoral specialization in children’s and young adult literature is designed for students to explore the history and evolution of the genres—including past and current trends; reader engagement; theories about reading and literacy development; reading pedagogies; and literary criticism.

Application Process

Individuals seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education must first be admissible to the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and then admitted to a concentration within the PhD. Prospective students are encouraged to make application at least six months before anticipated matriculation.

Apply to the Graduate School online

Admissions information


The residency requirement for students in the PhD program with a major in education is two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the dropdown menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.

Detailed general information on the PhD program


Faculty Contact

Susan Groenke,  Professor and Program Director, 865-974-2431