Jul 18, 2024  
2013-14 Graduate Catalog 
2013-14 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Literacy Studies, Ph.D.

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Jwa Kim, Program Director
(615) 898-8419

The Ph.D. in Literacy Studies is an interdisciplinary program drawing on faculty from the Colleges of Education, Behavioral and Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts. The program offers a flexible framework of courses, field experiences, and research opportunities designed to provide professionals in various spheres of influence with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively address the literacy and learning crisis in the United States.

Applicants with master’s degrees in a variety of disciplines are eligible for admission. Typically, a successful student will hold formal qualifications related to some area of PK–12 educational practice with three or more years of professional experience in their specializations.

Admission Requirements

Admissions are based on a comprehensive assessment of a candidate’s qualifications including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, prior professional experiences, and application essay.

Applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 in master’s coursework.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must submit

  1. a completed application form ( www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. a non-refundable application fee (required of all applicants) with the application;
  3. official transcripts certifying coursework from each college or university attended; (a minimum GPA of 3.5 in master’s coursework is required for admission to program.)
  4. a current curriculum vitae showing at least three (3) years of documented professional experience;
  5. a 700 - 1000 word essay explaining how his/her background and objectives relate to the program’s purpose;
  6. three (3) letters of recommendation from professionals who can address the applicant’s interest in literacy and potential for successfully completing a doctoral program;
  7. recent GRE scores (within the last five years); preferred minimum scores are Verbal 156 (current scale) or 550 (former scale), Quantitative 144 (current scale) or 500 (former scale), and a 4.5 on Analytical Writing.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Literacy Studies requires completion of 60 hours.

Once admitted to the program, candidates must complete at least 60 semester hours with at least 70 percent at the 7000 level. Candidates are required to complete and successfully defend a research-based dissertation.

Curriculum: Literacy Studies

 Candidate must complete 60 hours in the following course of study:

Required Core (27 hours)

Specialization Area (12 hours)

Selected with advisor:

  • Reading Disabilities/Dyslexia
  • Literacy Instruction and Staff Development
  • Literacy Measurement and Analysis
  • Administration/Policy

Electives (9 hours)

Selected with advisor

Dissertation (12 hours)

Program notes

Currently, the program admits students in Fall semester only. All students in the graduate program will be expected to satisfy a residency requirement.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 30 credit hours;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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