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College of Education

Advanced Instruction (M.Ed., Ed.D. and Ph.D.)

Language and Literacy, Ph.D.

The language and literacy Ph.D. degree prepares students to fill positions in a wide variety of settings: higher education, schools, agencies and private practice. As a student in the language and literacy Ph.D. program, you will take a minimum of 69 semester hours beyond your master's degree.

In the last 40 years, there has been an explosion of new knowledge about literacy learning and literacy education. We now understand that literacy is tied to social, historical, political and cultural contexts. Reading, teaching and learning are seen as constructivist events. Learners are seen as inquirers, and the learning process is seen as an inquiry process.

Application deadline

The application deadline for spring semester is Oct. 15, and the deadline for fall semester is Jan. 15.

Admission requirements for The Graduate School

  • a baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • official transcripts
  • two or more letters of recommendation
  • application
  • application fee
  • English proficiency requirement*
  • other supporting materials**

* An applicant whose native language is not English is required to submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For more information, please visit the International Applicants section on The Graduate School site.

** Many programs require personal statements, resumes, writing samples, audio files (recitals, auditions), art portfolios and/or licensure. Please consult your program for further requirements.

Program-specific admission requirements (in addition to above)

In addition to The Graduate School's application requirements, applicants must submit a letter of intent.

For more information about program-specific degree requirements and course work, please visit the academic bulletin.