Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours post-baccalaureate or 66-72 semester credit hours post master’s degree, including 12 semester credit hours of dissertation. For students holding the master’s degree, a minimum of 60 semester credit hours beyond the master’s is required plus satisfaction of the research tools requirement for the Ph.D. Based on a review of the preparation of each entering student, additional courses may be required. No grade below a B is accepted toward the doctoral degree.

Reading Required Courses

18 semester credit hours

Minor and/or Related Area

12-15 semester credit hours. Adjusted to meet needs of each student’s program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education Program of Study (90 semester credit hours)

Research Tools
Advanced Research9
Required Courses
READ 6533Foundation of Reading: Physiological And Psychological Dimensions3
READ 6563Nature of Literacy in the Adolescent Years3
READ 6573Language and Literacy3
READ 6903Special Topics3
READ 6583Research in Literacy3
READ 6593Advanced Reading Research Design: Analysis and Evaluation3
READ 6983Dissertation (may be taken twice)3
READ 6993Dissertation (taken 2 times)6
Minor or Related Areas12-18
Outside the Department of Reading
Select 12-15 semester credit hours from the following:
Qualitative Research
Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
Observing and Responding to Young Readers
Early Literacy Intervention
Theoretical Foundations: Early Literacy and Early Intervention
Theoretical Foundations in Language and Literacy
Doctoral Seminar in Reading
Clinical Practicum in Early Literacy Leadership
Advanced Clinical Practicum in Early Literacy Leadership
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Optional courses
At the discretion of the admissions committee, advisor, and the advisory committee as well as the admissions committee.
Literacy: Practice to Theory
Literacy: Assessment and Instruction
Processes and Strategies for Comprehending Texts
Phonological and Orthographic Language Systems in Literacy Learning
Practicum in Literacy: Analysis of Teaching and Mentoring
Literacy and the Diverse Learner
Supervision and the Teaching of Reading
Research in Literacy: Responsive Action in Schools
Literature for Children and Young Adults