Graduate School of Education

Ed.D., Language Arts and Literacy

Entrance to Program

Frequently Asked Questions

This doctoral degree is designed to enhance a candidate's knowledge and abilities as a researcher and as a leader of PK-16 Language Arts programs.  A doctorate in Language Arts and Literacy empowers the individual to improve teaching and learning and to explore innovative solutions to educational problems.  Students who enter this doctoral program find that our emphasis on research and its application to practice assists them in forming and investigating questions that are of personal, community, national, and international interest.

Combining Research and Practice

The Language Arts and Literacy doctoral program emphasizes the application of theoretical knowledge and is also strongly research oriented.  We pride ourselves on the fact that this combination of practice and research provides our graduates with more options than do programs that focus excusively on either research or practice.  Graduates are prepared for faculty positions in education departments of research universities, and they are equally prepared for leadership roles in PK-16 education or positions in private foundations and organizations which examine educational policy.

Program Faculty

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Dr. Bifuh-Ambe

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Dr. Dagostino

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Dr. Simmons

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Dr. Kim

Language Arts and Literacy Course of Study (48 credits)     

Advising: Language Arts and Literacy (pdf)

Entrance to Program

Each applicant must have a master of education degree or a master's degree in a field relevent to PK-16 education that prepares him/her for advanced study.  Additionally, applicants should have recent teaching and/or leadership experience in a PK-16 setting.

After submitting your online application and fee, you are also required to send

  • A two-page admission essay explaining your experience in PK-16 education and your reasons for wishing to enter doctoral study 
  • GRE Scores 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • All official transcripts.
  • Writing Sample (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

PK-16 teachers or administrators who hold a master's degree in education or a relevant, related field.

Is it for me?

Our students are almost all working professionals who complete the program on a part-time basis.  There is no residency requirement and we offer courses during the summer, as well as during the fall and spring.  Additionally many electives are available online.  Most students complete the program in approximately 6 years. (Teaching Assistantships may be available for full-time students.)

I took the GRE before, do I need to take it again?

If you took the GRE within the last 5 years, have your scores sent to us.  If your scores are older than 5 years and you have an official score report, you may submit it for our consideration.  No other standardized test is accepted.

What are acceptable GRE scores?

Your scores should be in the range of verbal 500, quantitative 500 and writing 4.5.  However, the admissions committee makes a holistic judgement based on all your submitted materials.

I work in higher education; is the Language Arts and Literacy Program appropriate for me?

Please contact the Department Chair: or the Graduate Coordinator: 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator

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