Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Education Admission Requirements

Application Review Timeline

Application reviews will be completed by the end of the following month, except during holidays and summer break. Applications for spring start MUST be received before November 1st. Applications for Summer/Fall start MUST be received by April 1st. International students are encouraged to apply at least one semester in advance of starting classes to allow sufficient time for processing visa and other related paperwork.

Admission Requirements

Domestic Students

  • GPA: 3.0
  • GRE

International Students

  • TOEFL: 550 minimum written or 76 minimum online, OR IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
  • GRE

Additional Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institute of higher education
  • Three (3) years of P-12 teaching experience or its equivalent

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply to UW and the School through the online applicant portal.

  • Click here to access the UW graduate applicant portal. Make sure to use the corresponding application admittance semester indicated above.
  • After completing the initial information page, you will receive an email from the system including a link and your temporary username and password.
  • Please complete the contact, academic, residency information, etc.
  • Submit the application fee
  • Submit ALL required documents to the online document portal (see below for details)

 Step 2: Submit official copies of transcripts and GRE scores to UW Admissions.

University of Wyoming Admissions
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Step 3: Interview with program faculty

Your application packet will be reviewed by faculty in the program. Well-qualified candidates will be selected for an interview to be conducted in person, through video conference or via telephone. Following the interview, the literacy education faculty will make a recommendation regarding your admission into the program.

Required Documents

Please include ALL documents listed below in order for your application to be considered. (see guidelines)

  • A letter of intent describing why the applicant wishes to pursue a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, including the applicant’s career goals; the applicant’s prior experiences in education; previous university degrees, programs, certificates, or emphases related to literacy; potential areas of focus in a literacy doctoral program; potential research interests; and any other information the applicant considers to be relevant to their admission.
  • A current resume.
  • A completed UW graduate application.
  • Three recommendation letters from those who are knowledgeable of your intellect, scholarly abilities, teaching ability, or other qualifications for doctoral study. These letters typically would be former professors, supervisors, or administrators; (the portal will send a request to each of them after you enter their email addresses).
  • Unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions (official copies should be sent to UW Admissions).
  • An Application for a Graduate Assistantship should the student wish to seek one.
  • An academic writing sample is required for the literacy education concentration, and is preferred for the curriculum studies, mathematics education and science education concentrations.

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