Ph.D. in Literacy Education

Ph.D. In Literacy Education

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Education provides students with the opportunity to gain expertise in cognitive, social, and critical perspectives toward language and literacy development, instruction, and teacher education. It is suitable for those who are interested in careers in research, teacher education, and program and curriculum development related to childhood or adolescent reading and writing instruction, English education, English language learners, children’s or adolescents' literature, intervention, literacy across the curriculum, or multimodal literacies.

Why study with us?

If you decide to study at Syracuse University and are admitted to our program, you will learn to conduct and publish significant scholarly work, design innovative curricula and assessment, advocate for literacy policy, and teach pre- and in-service school personnel. Students draw on Reading and Language Arts Department faculty members' expertise through a combination of courses, independent studies, and other mentoring opportunities, as well as offerings from across the School of Education and University, to develop a 90-credit program of study that focuses on childhood literacy, adolescent literacy, or teaching English as an additional language.

For more details about the program or to set up an interview in person, by telephone, or via Skype, please contact program coordinator, Marcelle Haddix, at (315) 443-4755 or

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