PhD in Literacy Studies

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) PhD program is a research-oriented degree program that combines rigorous preparation for teaching and research in specific content areas with particular attention devoted to curriculum and instruction, cognitive and social processes, and research methodology. Specialty areas include mathematics education, science education, literacy education, and teaching and teacher education. It is an ideal degree for those interested in the processes of instruction and learning within one of the previously mentioned content areas, and/or in the education and professional development of teachers. This degree is intended for those interested in preparing for careers in research and teaching in university settings, educational leadership and services to schools, or research and development in the private or non-profit sector.

The faculty in Literacy Studies invites prospective students to explore our vibrant and diverse scholarly community. Building on the School of Education’s foundational courses in educational issues and research methodologies, we offer seminars focusing on the dynamics of literacy learning from early childhood through adulthood, examining literacy practices both in and out of school, and exploring the literacy demands associated with demographic, technological, and economic change. In our research and classes, we emphasize the centrality of literacy in promoting equitable opportunities to participate in a globalized world as citizens and workers, and to discover reading and writing as sources of personal enrichment, satisfaction, and meaning. Grounded in sociocultural, sociocognitive, and critical conceptions of teaching and learning, our program highlights the interrelations among theory, research, practice, and policy. Affiliated faculty across our School and campus offer courses that provide interdisciplinary perspectives, advanced methodological preparation, and further grounding in the intellectual traditions that have shaped literacy scholarship over time. Doctoral students enjoy opportunities to collaborate with faculty on a range of research projects, to engage in community outreach activities, and to work in teacher education programs emphasizing social justice and effective instructional strategies for today’s diverse students.

Program Faculty:

Kris Gutiérrez

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction - Literacy (C&I) and Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences (EPSY)
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