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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jul 24, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Language, Literacy and Culture, PhD

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*PhD students admitted prior to Fall 2023 are eligible to follow these revised requirements to qualify for graduation.*

The Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) PhD is for students who aim to conduct research on the interconnection of culture, language, and literacy in both formal and informal educational settings. The goal of the LLC program is to develop interdisciplinary knowledge complemented by specialized knowledge of teaching and learning in foreign and second language, literacy, social studies, and early childhood education. We frame the exploration of teaching and learning within perspectives that promote equity, social justice, and democratic values. Students engage closely with and learn from faculty who conduct research in the field and have a strong commitment to high-quality teaching.

90 credits are required for this program.

For additional degree requirement information, refer to the School of Education section on Doctoral Degree Requirements.


PhD students in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program who enter the program without a Masters degree in a relevant field are required to take eight to nine courses within the major field of LLC, five research methods courses, six courses in a cognate (supporting) field, the first year seminar, annual writing workshops, and elective courses as needed. Students with a Masters degree in a related field can transfer credits toward the PhD with approval by the LLC faculty. PhD students are also required to complete one research practicum and one teaching practicum. Furthermore, all PhD students are required to be full-time students. PhD students must successfully pass required doctoral milestone projects in order to continue in the program. The PhD program culminates with completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Major Field Courses (24-27 credits)

Teaching Practicum (3 credits)

Electives (variable credits)

Writing Workshops (variable credits)

Total Credits: 90

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