The mission of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) is:

(1) to provide rigorous and high quality graduate-level training for researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators at all levels of instruction who are concerned with aspects of second language acquisition, learning, and teaching;

(2) to facilitate scholarly communication and collaboration among faculty with different disciplinary traditions and identities at the University of Arizona who have expertise and interests in language acquisition, learning, and/or teaching;

(3) to enhance the quality of undergraduate foreign language education at the U of A and other institutions;

(4) to provide outreach support to the community, state , and beyond in relation to social needs and policy issues concerning language learning and multilingualism.

The SLAT Program is central to the University mission in providing a graduate education program that meets designated criteria for excellence and can demonstrate promise for national and international distinction; in possessing faculty who have achieved national and international distinction for teaching, scholarship, and service activities; in providing services which are of particular relevance to regional multilingual settings; and in stimulating and coordinating interdisciplinary activities which are contributing to new knowledge in an emergent field and innovative developments in practical application.