The Doctorate in Language and Literacy (Ph.D.) program prepares you to act as a literacy leader who understands theoretical and instructional models of literacy; recognizes new literacy trends in our digital age; services literacy acquisition, development and instruction; and fosters systemic change in your organization and community. The program 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. Faculty members integrate their collective expertise in reading, curriculum and instruction, writing, special education, and speech and language pathology in the design and delivery of our innovative program. Successful completion of the program may result in Reading Teacher (license #1316) and Reading Specialist (license #5017) certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This may require additional coursework depending upon your prior experience, and is subject to approval by the Wisconsin DPI.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
To be considered for admission into the program, candidates must submit the following:
Application for admission
Ph.D Application Questions
- 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 coursework
- Portfolio consisting of, but not limited to, the criteria listed below
- Curriculum vitae that documents formal education, professional work experience, honors, achievements, and activities related to education.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Please provide a personal statement, no longer than 1 page in length, discussing your professional achievements, your research interests and your positive impact on the community you serve.
- A writing sample consisting of a formal essay with a total of 4 pages, double spaced, 11 pt. font total for all seven prompts.
- Tell us about a time when you received professional feedback and how you acted upon it.
- Tell us about a time when you effectively collaborated with someone else and what was the outcome? Was this chosen or assigned collaboration?
- Discuss a time when you demonstrated cultural competence.
- Discuss a time when you had to have a difficult conversation with a co-worker or a direct report. How was the relationship with the person following the conversation?
- Discuss a time when you participated in a significant change process.
- Discuss the role that service has played in your personal and professional life.
- Discuss the role or appeal of one of the following Francsican Values for you: Making Peace, Building a Caring Community, Showing Compassion, Reverencing all of Creation.