Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Ed.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (60 Hour Residential)

The 60-credit hour Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (LCLE) Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) residential degree program is designed for individuals seeking to be practitioner leaders in the areas of academic literacy, critical literacy, trans-literacy, local literacies, children’s and young adult literature, ESL/EFL education (and teacher education), world Englishes, and various world languages. The LCLE program prepares Ed.D. students to bridge the gap between research and practice in the field.

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (27 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 cr., taken twice)

Required Inquiry Courses (6 cr.)

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

Additional courses in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (6 cr.)

Inquiry Requirements (9 cr.)

Select one course from the following:

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

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

A list of approved inquiry courses may be found at

Minor Requirements (9 cr.)

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 Requirements (6 cr.)

Elective courses must be relevant to the student’s program of study and need to be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.

Dissertation Requirements (9 cr.)

  • L795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 cr.)
  • L799 Doctoral Thesis in Literacy, Culture and Language Education (6 cr.)

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