Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Concentration: Language and Literacy Education

The PhD concentration in Language and Literacy Education requires a minimum of 60 credit hours including 30 credit hours of dissertation and 30 credit hours in course work. The degree requirements will be accomplished on full-time basis where students can complete the program in about 3.5 academic years. The main objective of the Language and Literacy Education concentration is to develop educators with an understanding of language and literacy Education and to achieve an epistemological ground in this field as well as a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of language and literacy education in teaching and learning that will prepare them to work as academic professional, researchers or policy professionals. Additionally, doctoral candidates will demonstrate expertise in designing and implementing curriculum and instructional interventions and to acquire expertise in applying and evaluating appropriate research methodologies that inform recent developments in literacy and language education, and teacher education. Throughout this program, doctoral students will be equipped with a solid background in curriculum and instruction, literacy, linguistics, first and second language learning and acquisition, language development and assessment, qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Will demonstrate the breadth of knowledge in the discipline and advance, in-depth knowledge in the sub-discipline or area of specialization.
  • Will be able to identify, analyze critically and explain open problems in their disciplines and apply relevant research methodology for finding a possible solution.
  • Will be able to communicate the major tenets of their field of specialization and their work orally and in writing to the faculty, their peers, and the lay public.
  • Will be able to identify areas where ethical issues may arise in their field, and articulate strategies to mitigate situations related to ethical issues in their profession.
  • Will demonstrate an insight into the transferable nature of research skills to other work environments and the range of career opportunities available to them inside and outside academia.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 60 hours

Program Requirements: All courses in Group 1 and 9 credits from Group 2.

Part 1: General Requirements (Group 1: The following 9 credits) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR701Curriculum Theory and Practice3.000
FOED702Organizational theory in educational leadership3.000
SPED704Teaching Children from Culturally and Linguistically Divers Background3.000

Group 2 (Research Methodologies): Any 9 credits of the following courses (N/A)

Credit Hours
CURR710Quantitative Research Methods in Education I3.000
CURR712Advanced Data Analysis in Quantitative Research3.000
CURR713Qualitative Research Methods in Education 3.000
CURR715Mixed Methods Research in Education3.000

Part 2: Concentration Requirements (Any 9 credits of the following courses:) (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR702Theory and research on learning and teaching3.000
CURR741Advanced Study of Students’ Mathematical Understanding3.000
CURR760Language, Literacy and Culture3.000
CURR761Language and Literacy Pedagogy3.000
CURR762First and Second Language Development and Assessment3.000
CURR763Social and Psychological Aspects of Learning Language3.000
CURR764Discourse Analysis and Language Learning3.000
CURR765Bilingualism, Biliteracy and Multiliteracy Education3.000

Part 3: Elective Requirements (A 3-credit CURR 7xx level course approved by the Advisory Committee.) (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Part 4: Qualification Requirements (0.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR800Comprehensive Examination0.000
CURR810Research Proposal0.000

Part 5: Research Requirements (30.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR900Dissertation Research0.000 - 9.000
CURR910Dissertation Defense0.000