Program Format

Doctorate in Language and Literacy


A new cohort starts once per year in September in Milwaukee.

Fall/Spring Weekend Seminar

The fall/spring weekend seminar meets one weekend per month from September through April: Fridays 4-8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The curriculum sequence provides a six semester series of weekend academic seminars supplemented by study team sessions. 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.

Summer Seminar

The summer curriculum sequence is comprised of two courses: a course in current issues and a language and literacy symposium. Students meet for a total of five weekends in July and early August.

Cohort Group

Students enroll in a cohort group with approximately 15 members. Members of the cohort group support and challenge one another to accomplish goals, study together, collaborate on projects, and teach each other what they learn about language and literacy.

Study Teams

Each cohort is composed of study teams of three to five students. The study team is responsible for meeting together in a location and time apart from the regularly scheduled seminar meetings. For each seminar, the study team supports individual members’ exploration of language and literacy through discussion, readings, and personal and professional experiences. The study team sets an agenda that meets the needs of its members, documents activities, shares its findings in a seminar session, and evaluates its effectiveness as a model of a learning community.

Technology Component

Enrollment in the doctoral program requires competence in the use of electronic media to facilitate efficient and environmentally conscious communications among constituents, regardless of locations. Students will be expected to have access to a personal computer for email, word processing, spreadsheets, graphic displays, and the use of the Internet for research and networking.

316 and 17 Certifications

Successful completion of the program can result in 316 Reading Teacher and 17 Reading Specialist certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This may require additional coursework depending upon prior experiences of the student and is subject to approval by the Department of Public Instruction.