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Doctoral Programs in Literacy Studies

These graduate programs and courses are offered by the Long Island, New York campus of Hofstra University.

The Literacy Studies program offers two doctoral degrees: Doctor of Education in Literacy Studies (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy Studies (Ph.D.).

LITERACY STUDIES provides a broad framework with which to bring together doctoral students and faculty interested is numerous facets of language and literacy research, theory, and practice, including: reading/writing/listening/speaking, new literacies/multimodalities; literature; linguistics; P-12 and college literacy leaning and teaching; English as a second/foreign language; miscue analysis; English education; bi-and multilingualism, as well as foreign language learning and teaching.

The intradisciplinary nature of the program is most evident in the 5 core doctoral courses designed to examine literacy through multiple lines of inquiry: social, cultural, literary, aesthetic, historical, sociopsycholinguistic, personal, and pedagogical. The doctoral Core Courses provide doctoral students and faculty the opportunity to engage in intellectual discussions and, by so doing, to create a dynamic and responsive context for building knowledge about the epistemological, philosophical, theoretical and pedagogical questions that frame the field. Our goal is that students in the program, as well as the faculty, strive to improve the literacy experiences of all learners by means of research, advocacy, and distinguished teaching. We stand with teachers, children, families, and schools.

The Doctoral Learning Experience

Upon entering the program, students develop a plan of study, under advisement, to focus coursework on their research and teaching interests. The coursework and research projects students pursue have direct relevance to their professional lives.

The doctoral Core Courses in Literacy Studies are designed to give doctoral students and faculty the opportunity to engage in intellectual discussions and, by so doing, to create a dynamic and responsive context for building knowledge about the epistemological, philosophical, theoretical and pedagogical questions that frame the field.

Doctoral students also pursue advanced coursework in qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to ensure their facility for posing, and pursuing, complex and meaningful questions about literacy learning, teaching, and use, as well as to prepare them to serve the field as discerning readers and reviewers of research literature.

Doctoral Legacy

Originally known as the Reading Department, the Literacy Studies Program has been conferring doctoral degrees since 1970. It is the only doctoral program in Literacy in Nassau or Suffolk counties, and was the first doctoral program in Literacy/Reading on Long Island.

Graduates of Hofstra’s Literacy Studies doctoral programs have a deep reach into literacy education in New York, and especially on Long Island. At the post-secondary level, Literacy Studies graduates are employed in teacher preparation programs throughout Long Island, New York City, and upstate New York. Several graduates are in school or district leadership positions on Long Island, and many graduates are top-tier classroom teachers in Long Island and New York City schools.

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Robinson Award 2016: Dr. Susi Bostock, Ed.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 21, 2016. Photograph by Jonathan Heisler.
Robinson Award 2016: Dr. Susi Bostock, Ed.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 21, 2016. Photograph by Jonathan Heisler.

Robinson Award 2019:  Dr. Christopher Sclafani, Ph.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 19. 2019.  Photograph by Philip Hinds.
Robinson Award 2019:  Dr. Christopher Sclafani, Ph.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 19. 2019.  Photograph by Philip Hinds.

Robinson Award 2006:  Dr. Pamela Mason Egan, Ed.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 21. 2006.
Robinson Award 2006:  Dr. Pamela Mason Egan, Ed.D. in Literacy Studies, recipient of Hofstra University’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, December 21. 2006. 


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