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Literacy Education Ph.D.


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Students in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming will study with full-time, professionally active, knowledgeable literacy education faculty members, who have diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences in research, teaching, and service. Graduate students will take advanced coursework in literacy education, collaborate with faculty on grants and research projects, and may teach and supervise students in undergraduate literacy education courses. In addition to acquiring a breadth of knowledge in foundational areas in literacy education, students can focus on specific areas in literacy education, including but not limited to emergent and elementary-grade literacy, adolescent literacy, children’s and young adult literature, disciplinary literacy, English education, literacy teacher education, professional development in literacy, and literacy for students from diverse backgrounds.

Literacy faculty are members of the School of Teacher Education; more information about faculty and their areas of expertise can be found here. In addition, expert affiliated faculty members within and outside the College of Education provide coursework and advising for graduate students.

Graduate students may also engage in the ongoing research, teaching, tutoring, and professional development work of UW’s Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC). Literacy graduate students also play a key role in hosting UW’s annual conferences, including the LRCC Fall Literacy Conference and the Wyoming ESL Conference.

Competitive graduate assistantships are available to support full-time students throughout their studies, enabling them to work with faculty on research projects, collaborate on papers for presentation and publication, and teach courses and supervise students in the undergraduate teacher education program. Part-time students, who are taking 1-2 courses per semester, are also welcomed and supported in the program.

Learn more about the benefits of gaining your Ph.D. degree in education at UW.

Are you interested in a doctoral program where you will research and improve a current problem area of teaching practice within a school or other community-based organization? Look at our Ed.D in programs in education.


Reach out to the PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Education Program Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Brock,



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