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2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
  Oct 20, 2019
2019-2020 Graduate Studies Bulletin

Language and Literacy, Ph.D.

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The Ph.D. degree prepares students to fill positions in a wide variety of settings: higher education, schools, agencies, and private practice. Students in the language and literacy Ph.D. program take a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond their master’s degree. At the end of their course work, students take a comprehensive examination, write a proposal, conduct research, compose a dissertation, and defend their work to program faculty.

Learning Outcomes

  • Foundational Knowledge. Candidates have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials. Candidates use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation. Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  • Creating a Literate Environment. Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, use of instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
  • Professional Development. Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.


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

Degree Requirements (60 Post-Masters Hours)

Internship (6 Hours)

Required Courses in Research (15 Hours)

Electives (6 Hours)

  • 6 hours of electives as approved by advisor.

Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)

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