Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Doctoral students in the Literacy specialization developed advanced knowledge in reading and writing development and instruction with particular attention to students with learning differences, including differences due to disability or socioeconomic background. The specialization offers a balanced emphasis on reading and writing, including developing these skills in digital environments.
Students in this specialization
- Gain a rich understanding of the development of reading and writing skills with particular attention to students with learning differences across grade levels.
- Conduct research on reading and writing instruction, curriculum, assessment, multimodal and digital literacy tools, and learning English as a second language.
- Develop a rich methodological toolkit for designing learning and instructional investigations and assessing the outcomes of educational interventions.
In addition to the doctoral core courses, the following specialization courses are required of all Ph.D. students in Literacy:
- EDUC 802: Reading Development and Instruction
- EDUC 807: Writing Development and Instruction
- EDUC 822: Critical Issues in Literacy Development and Learning Problems
Sample Course Schedules
Sample Literacy course schedules for students who enter the Ph.D. program in the following semesters are available through the links below.
Our graduates accept academic positions in research universities, departments of education, and school districts, as well as industry positions in educational organizations.
For example, recent PhD in Education graduates with a literacy specialization have accepted positions at the Educational Testing Service, the University of Buffalo, Lesley University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of Saint Joseph, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Our faculty hold grants from the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences and private foundations. They have been recognized for their work by the American Educational Research Association, the International Literacy Association and the Literacy Research Association.
“After teaching high school English language arts for five years, I chose to pursue a Ph.D. in Education at UD to learn how to conduct intervention research focused on improving students’ reading and writing achievement. As a PhD student specializing in literacy development and learning problems, I have collaborated extensively with my doctoral advisor, Dr. Sharon Walpole and several other UD faculty members.”