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Literacy Studies Ph.D.

The Ph.D. 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 focused on Literacy Studies 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.

The Ph.D. in Literacy Studies is strongly research oriented. Graduates are prepared for faculty positions in the 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.

Students admitted to this degree may study on a part-time or full-time basis (there is a limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships available for suitably qualified full-time students). The program requires 60 credits of study beyond the master's degree. There is no residency requirement for part-time students.

A description of the degree, together with admission requirements may be found in the Ph.D. Literacy Studies handbook (pdf).

To apply to this program please refer to the UMass Lowell Office of Graduate Admissions website.

Questions about the Ph.D. should be sent to the doctoral coordinator James_Nehring@uml.edu.

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