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SLA/IT students

Photos from the SLAIT picnic

Welcome to the new cohort of Fall 2013!


SLAQ Meetings.

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Welcome to the TESLA Ph.D. program and to the world of doctoral study! We are glad you are perusing our website.

Formerly known as Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLA/IT), the program was reconceptualized and renamed TESLA (Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition) in April 2015. TESLA remains a unique, interdisciplinary program in the College of Education between the faculties of Foreign Languages/ESOL and Instructional Technology – a proven model for its innovative design, curriculum, and delivery. TESLA prides itself on preparing students for the professoriate by cultivating well-rounded professionals with strengths reaching beyond the traditional academic areas.

All our students are of high caliber and are drawn from a competitive local, national, and international talent pool. Upon admission, TESLA students become part of the TESLA family of faculty and students. As members of committees and research teams, TESLA students gain valuable experience in teamwork, problem solving, curriculum innovation, and academic administration. They also engage in guided scholarly inquiry, present their research at key conferences, and gain experience in writing grant proposals. Graduate students are also frequently invited to serve as members of academic search committees to expose them to one of the less public aspects of academic life.

TESLA doctoral students work in cohorts, and in this supportive environment, many students form lifelong friendships with peers as they progress through their program and grow intellectually.

Once again, we welcome you to our community of TESLA scholars!

The TESLA Faculty and Staff 


For program-related questions and inquiries, please contact:

Dr. John Liontas: