Language and Literacy, Ph.D.

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

  1. Foundational Knowledge. Candidates have knowledge of the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  2. Instructional Strategies and Curriculum Materials. Candidates use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.
  3. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation. Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)

Required Courses in Language and Literacy (21 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 800Literacy Education P-123
EDRD 801Critical Perspective on English/Language Arts3
EDRD 803Pedagogical Applications of Reader Response Theory3
EDRD 811Cultural Perspective on Psychological and Social Foundations of Literacy Learning3
Select three additional language and literacy courses as approved by advisor9
Total Credit Hours21

Internship (6 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRD 850Internship in Language and Literacy Education (May be repeated once for a total of 6 hours.)6
Total Credit Hours6

Required Courses in Research (18 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EDRM 710Educational Statistics I3
Select one research course from below:3
Qualitative Epistemologies, Paradigms, & Theories
Qualitative Inquiry
Select four additional courses in either quantitative or qualitative methodology12
Total Credit Hours18

Electives (3 Hours)

  • 3 hours of electives as approved by advisor.

Dissertation Preparation (12 Hours)

  • Select 12 hours