Doctorate in Language and Literacy

The Doctorate in Language and Literacy (Ph.D.) is a collaborative and collegial environment fosters learning and professional development both in and out of the classroom.


The Doctorate in Language and Literacy prepares you to act as a literacy leader who understands theoretical, instructional and cultural models of literacy; recognizes new literacy trends in our digital age; facilitates literacy acquisition, development and instruction; and fosters systemic change in your organization and community. This 60-credit course of study is designed for educators, professionals and researchers with a background and/or interest in literacy, curriculum and instruction, speech and language or a related field.

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Program Format

This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that provides students with grounding in theoretical, instructional and socio-cultural models of literacy as well as current research methods, providing students with the tools to become language and literacy leaders in a variety of professional settings.

Weekend class format allows students to continue their current careers. A collaborative and collegial environment fosters learning and professional development both in and out of the classroom. The academic seminars focus on the study of language and literacy research and practices. The learning team sessions provide for completion of academic seminar assignments and continuing exploration of language and literacy study.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (September)

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including evidence of master’s degree completion
  • Evidence of grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in master’s course work
  • Portfolio consisting of, but not limited to, the criteria listed below. Assemble portfolio in a folder. All materials should be typed or electronically produced.
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Three letters of recommendation
    - Formal essay

Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation.

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