Ph.D. in Literacy Education

The Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Education program is 79 credit hours. You must have three years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree to apply to the program. All courses are delivered entirely online with a required one semester on-campus residency.


Required Courses (79 credit hours)

Program Knowledge Base
Students must complete 9 hours of core courses. You must take the required course listed below and then select an additional 6 credit hours of courses in consultation with your doctoral advisor and committee.

  • PRST 5610 - Introduction to Doctoral Study (3 credit hours) Required (Course currently suspended)

Electives chosen in consultation with committee:

  • EDCI 5600 - Diversity in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDRE 5660 - Proposal Writing (3 credit hours)
  • EDAD 5720 - Educational Leader as Change Agent (3 credit hours)
  • EDCI 5810 - Writing for Professional Publication (3 credit hours)
  • CNSL 5900 - Practicum in College Teaching (3 credit hours)

Advanced Research Courses

Students must take a minimum of 12 hours of research methods in quantitative, qualitative, or other methodologies. Student must take the required courses listed below and then select an additional 3 credit hours of courses in collaboratioin with the thier doctoral advisor and committee.

  • EDRE 5600 - Ed Research 1: Descriptive (3 credit hours) Required
  • EDRE 5640 - Intro to Qualitative Research (3 credit hours) Required

Electives chosen in consultation with committee:

  • EDRE 5610 - Ed Research 2: Group Comp. (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5620 - Ed Research 3 - Correlational (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5630 - Ed Research 4: Multivariate (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5550 - Action Research (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5645 - Phenomenology, Case Study, Grounded Theory (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5655 - Ethnography & Narrative Inquiry (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5870 - Introduction to Discourse Analysis (3 credit hours) 
  • EDRE 5670 - Mixed Methods Research (3 credit hours) 

Literacy Education Concentration
A student must enroll in all 21 credit hours listed below. If additional courses are needed, they can be selected from graduate-level courses within the literacy program or from other relevant academic departments at the UW. Course selection decisions will be made collaboratively by the doctoral student, their advisor and committee.

  • LTED 5480 - Issues in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
  • LTED 5800 - Theoretical Perspectives on Literary Processes and Practices
  • LTED 5810 - Theoretical Perspectives on Writing
  • LTED 5830 - Review, Critique, and Synthesis of Literacy Research
  • LTED 5850 - Foundational Scholars in Social Science Research
  • LTED 5860 - History of Literacies
  • LTED 5880 - Public Digital Scholarship

Dissertation Hours
Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation research credit during the period they plan, implement, and defend their dissertation.

  • EDCI 5980 Dissertation Research (6 credit hours) Required
  • EDRE 5660 Dissertation Prospectus Writing (6 credit hours)

Other Requirements

After coursework is completed, you mush satisfy the below requirements before completing your program and gaining your doctoral credential.

  • Preliminary Exam - After completing your coursework you will need to take a preliminary exam.
  • Program Outcomes - You must submit written demonstration to show you have met the learning outcomes determined by your program, department, or committee.
  • Dissertation - After your preliminary exam, you will present and defend your doctoral dissertation.
  • Residency - You must satisy all requirements of your residency.


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