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Literacy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Online
The foundation of the PhD in Literacy program is organized around three broad and overlapping domains of study: The nature and acquisition of literacy across the lifespan, Literacy and schooling and Literacy and society. 
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From this foundation, individual students take up their own research directions under the guidance of the faculty.  Faculty interests are broad, and past students in the program have undertaken a wide range of forms of research within a range of different theoretical frameworks, and their research frequently wins awards.

When you enter the program you will be assigned an advisor to guide you through the coursework phase of your studies. Your advisor’s role is to provide guidance based on his/her experience regarding selection of courses, preparation for examinations, completion of appropriate forms, and to help solve problems you encounter during the program. After you have passed the Comprehensive Examination, your advisor's responsibilities end, and your dissertation chair's responsibilities begin.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    66 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literacy Learning and Development In Childhood
  • Language Foundations for Learning
  • Texts and Teaching in Literacy Learning
  • Research on Preparing Literacy Teachers
  • Literacy as Social Practice
  • Literacy as Social Reproduction and Transformation
  • Theory and Research in Teaching Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Resume or CV detailing professional and educational experience
  • Statement of Goals
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Writing Sample
  • Educational Leadership Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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The per credit rate for out of state residents is $944.

For in-state students, the per credit rate is $462.


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