Admission Requirements

Doctorate in Language and Literacy


To be considered for admission into the program, candidates must submit the following:

  • Application for admission.
  • 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.

The formal essay is an essential aspect of the admission process. Follow the guidelines carefully, addressing all items. The essay will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Content relevance to topic proposed
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Maturity of style
  • Maximum of six double-spaced pages

Formal Essay: Section 1 – Literacy Development

  • Define literacy and describe how literacy is related to language development.
  • Describe your experiences in facilitating the language development and literacy of others.

Formal Essay: Section 2 – Language and Literacy

  • Describe personal experiences in your literacy development.
  • Describe the work of one individual in the field of language and literacy who has particularly influenced your professional practice.

Formal Essay: Section 3 – Organizational Transformation

  • What are the primary needs within the field of literacy?
  • Describe how you have participated in or fostered change in the field of language development and literacy.
  • Describe inhibitors and facilitators of change as you perceived them.

Formal Essay: Section 4 – Goals for Doctorate in Language and Literacy

  • Identify your goals and expectations for pursuing this doctorate.
  • Describe how the attainment of this degree will enhance your ability to transform literacy practice.

Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation as described on the International Admissions webpage.