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Option in Language, Literacy and Culture

The PhD in Education, option in Language, Literacy and Culture is designed for those who want to explore the teaching and learning of literacy in sociocultural contexts, promote digital and global perspectives of language and literacy and advance expertise in the complexities of communicating and engaging in our society. We are an interdisciplinary scholarly community that embraces the intersections of language, literacy and culture as transformative spaces for learning, negotiating meaning and engaging in social action. Through culturally proactive language and literacy pedagogies, we work to enrich lives, empower educators and learners and advocate for all people. Our graduates develop the knowledge and skills to become global literacy change agents, scholars, language and literacy education leaders, language arts curriculum specialists and university teacher education faculty. 


This 69-credit hour program provides the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding the theory, research, historical and current perspectives in the teaching and learning in language, literacy and culture education.


The five disciplinary pillars of our program, coursework and research are:

  • Reading, writing & language education
    • Reading assessment & instruction
    • Writing pedagogies
    • English language learners & bilingual learners
  • Literacy in a digital age
  • Diversity in children's & young adult literature
  • Social justice, agency & advocacy in education
  • Sociocultural perspectives & studies

Coursework Preview:

  • Language, Literacy & Culture
  • Literacy & Technology Across the Curriculum
  • Reading & Writing Difficulties
  • Seminar in Writing Pedagogy
  • English Language Learners: Theory, Research, Policy & Practice
  • Issues & Trends in Adolescent Literacy
  • 21st Century Literacies: Theory, Research & Practice
  • Colloquium on Cultural Studies
  • History of Reading
  • Seminar in Literacy (Issues & Trends)
  • Theory & Research on Teaching Contemporary Children’s & YA Literature
  • Internship in Literacy Research Methodologies
  • Internship for Literacy Teacher Educators 

Course information

Course Rotation


Research and Faculty

You will work with faculty who will mentor you throughout the research and publication process on a broad range of scholarly projects. Our literacy research methodologies internship course provides one opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a collaborative research project that may lead to publication or other scholarly products. Doctoral students also have many chances to collaborate with faculty on a variety of field-based and scholarly projects, programs and engagements.


Meet our faculty

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Opportunities for Engagement

Here are initiatives and programs you can get involved with as a student in our program: 



Applications are accepted for fall semester admission only.  To be considered for assistantship opportunities, the application deadline is January 15 for studies that begin in August of the same year.  For applicants not seeking an assistantship, the application deadline is April 1 for a fall start.


Fall Priority Deadline for Assistantship Application - January 15

Fall Final Deadline (Non-assistantship) - April 1


To apply to the PhD in Education, option in Language, Literacy and Culture program, complete the following: 

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  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum graduate GPA required)
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Personal and career goal statement that addresses how this program supports your professional goals (two pages)
  • Academic or scholarly writing sample (e.g. master’s class paper, thesis, etc.)
  • Video conference interview may be required for admission

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Cost & Assistance

Currently enrolled students are eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 




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