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In the Literacy strand of the Ph.D. program, students develop a rich foundation of literacy theory and research. Students are prepared to investigate essential and compelling issues in literacy studies.
The College of Education & Human Development has application deadlines for Spring (November 15). Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship for Fall semester must apply for the Ph.D. program and the college graduate assistantship by February 1. Applications for Fall will continue to be reviewed up to July 15.
Ph.D. in Literacy Studies
Possible concentrations for this Ph.D. strand include close study of multilingual students, early literacy, adolescent and advanced literacy, and intersection of literacy with culture and diversity. Upon completion of the program, students are prepared for both research- and teaching-oriented academic positions, as well as educational leadership positions in fields related to literacy.
The Literacy Studies area of emphasis is guided by the general framework found in the program handbook . This page will provide you general information for the Ph.D. along with with specifications unique to the Literacy Studies strand.
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Our program reviews applications and admits students for both fall (February 1 deadline) and spring (October 1 deadline). Materials and criteria for the Literacy Studies area of emphasis are as follows:
- Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
- At least three years of teaching experience
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of Intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
- Three letters of recommendation
- One sample of scholarly writing
- Dispositions form
To get started on the application process, please contact Dr. Dianna Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All materials are submitted through the University's application portal. Once you create your account, go back to MyNevada to log in and start your application. Please reach out to Dr. Dianna Townsend if you have any questions.
Ph.D. students in Literacy Studies follow a 72 credit program of study coordinated by the student and his or her advisor. Courses include graduate level courses in a broad range of topics related to literacy and a rich research core. There are also opportunities for clinical experiences, both online and in our reading clinic. With respect to extracurricular scholarship, our doctoral students regularly participate in regional, national, and international research conferences.
Please see the program manual for a full overview of course requirements. Doctoral students in the Literacy strand are required to have a minimum of 15 credits of Literacy coursework in their doctoral program of study. These courses can be taken during their doctoral work and/or can be brought into the program from previous graduate work. Possible courses include, but are not limited to:
- EDRL 600 Foundations of Literacy
- EDRL 647 Literacy, Diversity, & Schooling
- EDRL 700 Literacy Assessment
- EDRL 701 Field Work and Clinical Practice in Reading
- EDRL 702 Reading Clinic
Please see the University tuition and fee rates for information regarding costs and financial aid. Graduate assistantships are available through various departments in the College of Education and Human Development. Prospective students who indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship will be interviewed for one of multiple positions within the department following their application.
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The College of Education & Human Development has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships for full-time students admitted to masters or doctoral programs.
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