The Doctoral Program in Reading Education prepares educators and researchers for specialized work in literacy at all levels of education. The program responds to the recognition of the value of literacy and contributes to its development in diverse social contexts, from local to school districts to universities in the United States and abroad.
Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."
- Analyze major research and theories in the areas of language and literacy.
- Design, conduct, and disseminate original research.
- Create and apply expert knowledge in supporting and teaching literacy teaching and learning in higher education.
All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.
This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.
Total Semester Credit Hours Required
A minimum of 90 semester credit hours post-baccalaureate or a minimum of 60 semester credit hours post master’s degree, including 12 semester credit hours of dissertation, 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.
|READ 6533||Foundation of Reading: Physiological And Psychological Dimensions||3|
|READ 6563||Nature of Literacy in the Adolescent Years||3|
|READ 6573||Language and Literacy||3|
|READ 6903||Special Topics||3|
|READ 6583||Research in Literacy||3|
|READ 6593||Advanced Reading Research Design: Analysis and Evaluation||3|
|READ 6693||Literacy Leadership and Policy||3|
|Dissertation (taken two time)|
|Dissertation (taken two time)|
|Minor or Related Areas||12-18|
Outside the Department of Literacy and Learning
|Select 12-15 SCH from the following|
|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|
|READ 6923||Biliteracy and Multilingualism||3|
The following electives are options available to students without prior reading education background (must be approved by advisor)
|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|
|Bridging Multimodal Composing and Children's/Young Adult Literature|
A grade of B or higher is required in all graduate courses. A student who has earned a grade of less than B (C, D, or F) in any two courses at the graduate level will be removed from the doctoral program in Reading Education, even if the course was repeated for a better grade.