Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Lagnague Education

The Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (LCLE) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program is designed for individuals seeking to be faculty researchers , teacher educators, and leaders in in the areas of academic literacy, critical literacy, trans-literacy, local literacies, children’s and young adult literature, second language learning, ESL/EFL education, world Englishes, and world languages. The LCLE program prepares Ph.D. students to bridge the gap between research and practice in the field.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (36 cr.)
Required Courses (15 cr.)

  • L600 Issues in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (3 cr.)
  • L601 Theoretical Issues in the Study of Language & Literacies (3 cr.)
  • L650 Internship in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (1-4 cr.)
  • L750 Research Seminar in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (3-6 cr., taken twice)

Required Inquiry Courses (6 cr.)

  • L599 Master’s Thesis in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (3 cr.)
  • L700 Seminar on Literacy, Culture, and Language Education Research (3 cr.)

Additional courses in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education major (15 cr.)

Inquiry Requirements (12 cr.)
Select one course from the following:

  • Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)

Select three inquiry courses (either qualitative, quantitative, or any combination of the two) from the approved list of inquiry courses, with advisor approval

Minor Requirements (12 credits)
The minor must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The minor field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall doctoral program. Minors are normally formulated within a single program area. However, an interdisciplinary or individualized minor is also possible. Interdisciplinary or individualized minors require a written description of the minor's underlying theme along with a rationale for each course's contribution to that theme through the Minor Justification form. This form should be submitted and approved by the Graduate Studies Office prior to enrolling in the minor courses. Major area courses may not be used in the minor.

Elective or Second Minor Requirements (6-18 credits)
Elective courses must be relevant to the student’s program of study.

Dissertation Requirements (15 credits)

  • L795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • L799 Doctoral Thesis in Literacy, Culture and Language Education (12 cr.)

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