Reading & Literacy Doctoral Program Summary

READING/LITERACY DOCTORAL PROGRAM SUMMARY

Sample Schedule
Course List (Required Hours)
Requirements

The Reading/Literacy Doctoral Program combines basic research in the reading and writing processes and applied research in education along with opportunities to engage in rigorous laboratory and field-based research. In addition, students participate in interdisciplinary discussions and study of important educational problems and issues with the goal of asking better questions and finding better answers to today’s pressing issues in literacy education at the K-12 level.

The Reading/Literacy Doctoral Program is designed for students who have already completed their master’s degree and wish to pursue advanced research and study in reading and/or writing. The program consists of coursework, independent study and research in specific areas of students’ interests, mentorship by individual faculty members, participation in faculty members’ ongoing research, and teaching and research internships.

The program offers study and research opportunities in reading and writing processes and instruction. Within these broad areas, however, specific interests and expertise of individual faculty in the program include:

  • basic reading and writing processes
  • metacognition
  • instruction for struggling readers and writers
  • comprehension instruction
  • motivation and engagement
  • children’s and adolescents’ literature
  • professional development
  • policy and literacy

Two Programs—Part-Time and Full-Time

The Reading/Literacy Doctoral Program offers two programs, a part-time program for students wishing to attend school part-time while they continue to work, and a full-time program for students wishing to go to school full-time. Tuition waivers and teaching assistantships are available for students who wish to be in the program full-time.

Students who are in full-time teaching or administrative positions may wish to attend school part-time. These students are not eligible for tuition waivers or assistantships.

Literacy Doctoral Program

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

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Course List (Required Hours)
Requirements

 

based on part-time status; full-time students’ schedules will be adapted as needed

 

YEAR 1 -- FALL   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 6711

 

Foundations of Reading

 

3

NURS 7002

Descriptive, Correlational, & Experimental Research Design

4

ED PS 7712

Beginning Doctoral Pro-Seminar

1

 

 

 

 

8 credits

 

YEAR 1 -- SPRING   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 6130

 

Writing Theory and Instruction

 

3

NURS 7201

Statistics I

4

ED PS 7712

Beginning Doctoral Pro-Seminar

1

 

 

 

 

 

8 credits

 

YEAR 1 -- SUMMER   COURSES

Credits

 

NURS 7040

 

Data Collection Methods

 

3

ED PS 7959

Directed Readings

3

 

 

 

 

 

6 credits

 

YEAR 2 -- FALL   COURSES

Credits

 

NURS 7202

 

Statistics II

 

4

ED PS 7201

Early Research Project I (literature review)

3

 

 

 

 

7 credits

 

YEAR 2 -- SPRING   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7520

 

Psychology of Reading

 

3

ED PS 7202

Early Research Project II (methodology)

3

 

 

 

 

 

6 credits

 

YEAR 2 -- SUMMER   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7959

 

Directed Readings

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

3 credits

 

YEAR 3 -- FALL   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7203

 

Early Research Project III (analysis, etc.)

 

3

EDU 7851

Teaching Internship (observation)

3

 

 

 

 

6 credits

 

YEAR 3 -- SPRING   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7959

 

Directed Reading: Preliminary Exam

 

3

ED PS 7521

Psychology of Writing

3

 

 

 

 

 

6 credits

 

YEAR 4 -- FALL COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7713

 

Advanced Doctoral Pro-Seminar

 

3

elective

Elective

3

 

 

 

 

7 credits

 

YEAR 4 -- SPRING   COURSES

Credits

 

ED PS 7970

 

Thesis Research: Doctoral

 

15 min

 

No more than 6 hours may be taken before students complete   the qualifying exam, e.g. the preliminary dissertation proposal of Ch. 1 and   Ch. 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 min

 

 

COURSE LIST (Required Hours)

Reading/Literacy Doctoral Program

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Sample Schedule

Requirements

 

Foundations of Literacy (21 hours required—if Foundations of Reading and Writing Theory and Instruction have already been taken, then 9 hours)

ED PS   6711    Foundations of Reading    (3 hours)

ED PS   6130    Writing Theory and Instruction    (3 hours)

ED PS   7520    Psychology of Reading    (3 hours)

ED PS   7521    Psychology of Writing    (3 hours)

EDU     7851    Teaching Internship    (3 hours)

ED PS   7959    Directed Readings in Literacy I    (3 hours)

ED PS   7959    Directed Readings in Literacy II    (3 hours)

                       Total 21 hours

 

Methodology (15 hours required)

NURS   7002    Descriptive, Correlational & Experimental Research Design    (4 hours)

NURS   7201    Statistics I    (4 hours)

NURS   7202    Statistics II    (4 hours)

NURS   7040    Data Collection Methods   (3 hours)

                      Total 15 hours

 

Research Project (9 hours required)

ED PS   7201    Early Research Project I    (3 hours)

ED PS   7202    Early Research Project II    (3 hours)

ED PS   7203    Early Research Project III    (3 hours)

                        Total 9 hours

 

Seminars for Doctoral Research (5 hours required)

ED PS   7712    Beginning Doctoral Seminar    (2 hours)

ED PS   7713    Advanced Doctoral Seminar    (3 hours)

                       Total 5 hours

 

Preliminary, Qualifying and Dissertation Research (6 required)

Elect                Elective    (3 hours)

ED PS   7961    Preliminary Exam    (3 hours)

                       Total 6 hours

 

 

GRAND TOTAL                        56 hours

PLUS minimum 15 hours dissertation research (ED PS 7970)

Requirements for the Doctoral Degree in

Reading/Literacy

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Course List (Required Hours)

 

Gateways through the Doctoral Program

1)         Summer Year 1

            a.         Directed Readings/Writings/Exam I

Students will receive a reading list at the beginning of their doctoral program. During the summer of the first year, they will read from the list and answer professor-developed questions. Students must pass this first exam to continue in the doctoral program. 

2)         Summer Year 2

            a.         Directed Readings/Writings/Exam II

Students will continue through the reading list provided at the beginning of their doctoral program. They will write answers to professor-developed questions. Students must pass this second exam to continue in the doctoral program.

3)         Spring Year 3

            a.         Preliminary Exam

Students will complete the preliminary exam this semester. The exam will involve three student-generated questions and essays around the three questions that are to be completed independently. The questions students ask and answer will directly relate to their research for their doctoral dissertation.

Three faculty members read and rate the preliminary exam as pass or no pass. Students must pass the preliminary exam in order to continue in the program.

4)         Apprenticeship to the Doctorate

            In addition to the requirements above, students must complete the following:

            a.         Teach an elementary or secondary reading undergraduate methods course.

                        Students will be required to intern with a faculty member teaching an undergraduate

                        course in reading and/or writing methods.

            b.         Teach an elementary or secondary reading undergraduate methods course.

                        Students will be required to intern with a faculty member teaching an undergraduate

                        course in reading and/or writing methods.

            c.         Presentation of a paper.

                        Students will be required to present a paper at a national conference.

            d.         Publication.

                        Students will be required to publish a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

            e.         Support grant submitted for writing the dissertation.

5)         Qualifying Exam

            When students have completed their first and second chapter of their dissertation, and before they have begun to collect any data, students have a formal meeting with the five faculty members of their dissertation committee. Students must pass this oral qualifying exam in order to continue to work on the dissertation and begin to collect data.

6)         Final Dissertation Defense

            Upon completion of the dissertation, a final defense is scheduled to defend the dissertation. The defense is scheduled with the five committee members present.