Literacy Studies

Doctoral Programs

The Literacy Studies program offers two doctoral degrees: Doctor of Education in Literacy Studies (EdD) and Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy Studies (PhD).

LITERACY STUDIES provides a broad framework with which to bring together doctoral students and faculty interested in 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 learning 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 five 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 Literacy Studies Doctoral Program prepares doctoral students to grow as literacy researchers and practitioners who work in universities, colleges, public schools, or community settings. Applicants may choose between an EDD or a PHD. While there might be slight strategic gains in choosing one degree over the other, both the PHD and EDD are recognized as terminal degrees in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, and Australia (among others).

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Program Director

Jeanne Henry, Ed.D.
Director, Doctoral Programs in Literacy Studies
Hofstra University
(516) 463-5801

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