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Doctoral students construct individual programs of study with their advisor to suit their interests, combining core courses with additional coursework in research methodology and electives. Students are encouraged to develop one or more areas of concentration. Options include teacher education and professional development, leadership and policy; postsecondary learning environments; adult literacy education; reading, writing, and literacy across elementary, middle, and secondary curricula; children’s and adolescent literature; literacy policy, families, schools, and communities; and urban education.
The Ph.D. program prepares scholar-practitioners for positions in research universities and other educational organizations with a primary mission related to furthering knowledge in literacy and literacy education. In addition to the core doctoral courses, students focus on developing their understanding and expertise in particular aspects of the field (e.g., teacher education, pedagogy and curriculum, leadership, policy, urban education, multicultural education, adult and community based literacy in and out of school, literacy in international contexts, etc.) and in learning to conduct research on critical issues and problems in literacy. Students choose electives from across the divisions in GSE and from other departments in the university. The Ph.D. degree is a full-time program.
Please click here to download the Reading/Writing/Literacy Ph.D. Program of Study.
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