The Ph.D. program in Literacy Education prepares graduates to develop critical skills and expertise in cognitive, social, and critical perspectives toward language and literacy.
In this program in the Department of Reading and Language Arts, students will conduct and publish significant research and scholarly work, design innovative curricula and assessment, advocate for literacy policy, and teach pre- and in-service school personnel. Students will draw on the expertise of faculty through a combination of coursework, independent studies, and other mentoring, as well as offerings from across the School of Education and University, to develop a program of study that focuses on childhood literacy, adolescent literacy, or teaching English as an additional language. Opportunities are available for collaborative or individual presentations and authoring around issues of literacy, reading, and language arts.
Expertise in teaching and instruction is also developed with the department and with participation in the Future Professoriate Program. This includes orientations, year-round services for teaching assistants, and opportunities to co-teach with fellow doctoral students and department faculty, guest lecture, and independent instruction. Opportunities to gain and demonstrate that expertise include teaching, field supervision, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation students.
Our graduates are faculty in literacy education and teach preparation at prestigious universities, or work in foundations and policy organizations, program and curriculum development, consulting, and children’s literature.