The Reading/Writing/Literacy program prepares students as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in educational settings that include K-12 schools, colleges, and universities; community-based literacy programs, and educational publishing and government programs.


Overview


Students in the RWL program join a vibrant intellectual community led by a nationally recognized faculty with strong research and scholarly interests in early literacy; literacy in families and communities; multiculturalism; children’s responses to literature; post-secondary literacies; and teacher education/professional development/leadership. Our faculty have served on Congressional review and advisory panels including the Reading Excellence Program, Comprehensive School Reform, and the National Academy of Sciences, and they are active in such groups as the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, the National Reading Conference, and the International Reading Association. Their work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institutes for Health and they are regularly published in such prestigious journals as Language Arts, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Education, Qualitative Inquiry, Linguistics and Education, and The ALAN Review.

Degree Programs

Reading/Writing/Literacy Ph.D. and Reading/Writing/Literacy Ed.D.
RWL Ph.D.RWL Ed.D.The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs both emphasize the interrelationships and integration of theory, research, policy, and practice. The Ph.D. prepares scholar-practitioners for careers in research and teaching at colleges and universities. The Ed.D. trains practitioner-scholars for positions involving the practice of education in schools, school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, foundations, entrepreneurial ventures, and consulting organizations.

Reading/Writing/Literacy M.S.Ed.
More about this ProgramThe M.S.Ed. specialization in Reading/Writing/Literacy prepares students as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in educational settings that include K-12 schools, colleges and universities, community-based literacy programs, and educational publishing and government programs.

Language and Literacy M.S.Ed.
More about this ProgramThe M.S.Ed. specialization in Language and Literacy trains students to meet the needs of all language learners in diverse classrooms. The curriculum melds instruction in teaching English as an additional language with a thorough understanding of pre-K-12 literacies for students whose first language is English.

RWL News


Faculty

Standing Faculty

Gerald Campano, Ph.D. Division Chair

University of Pennsylvania

Vivian Gadsden, Ed.D.

University of Michigan

Amy Stornaiuolo, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Ebony E. Thomas, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Affiliated Faculty

Diane Waff, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Brian Street, Ph.D.

Oxford University



"I chose RWL, because I'm interested in the intersections of learning and issues of social justice. As I've found in my program and as I write about in my blog, the RWL program has really nurtured and stretched my interest in taking a critical approach to learning, literacy, and power in the workplace and beyond."

Melissa Kapadia-Bodi

Ed.D. Student, RWL

Alumni

Where are our students now?

As alumni, graduates of the RWL program join a vibrant intellectual community led by a nationally recognized faculty with strong research and scholarly interests in early literacy.

Contact

Reading/Writing/ Literacy Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penny M. Creedon
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245
pennyc@gse.upenn.edu

Lorraine Hightower
Admissions Assistant
(215) 898-8435
lorrains@gse.upenn.edu


Maryetta Rowan
Admissions Assistant
(215) 898-8435
rowanm@gse.upenn.edu