Doctoral-Level Graduate Specialization
Language and Literacy Faculty in the College of Education view the education of doctoral students as central to their mission to understand and improve language and literacy education at all levels throughout the world. We feel strongly that developing the next generation of literacy scholar-leaders involves more than a series of courses and a dissertation. Through advising, research and teaching assistantships, the literacy colloquium series, courses, and a number of other experiences, we seek to develop doctoral students who meet a multi-faceted, rigorous set of standards that we have developed.
We offer a Doctoral-level Graduate Specialization in Language and Literacy Education, which can be obtained through a number of PhD programs, including Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education (CITE), Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET), and Special Education. The Specialization is designed for students who aspire to be scholars, curriculum developers, and policy leaders in literacy at school, district, state, national, and international levels. The specialization focuses on literacy theory, research, and education. It is for students who wish to address issues of language and literacy development, literacy use, literacy instruction, literacy contexts of social, cultural, and linguistic differences, and the possibilities of transforming how people read and take action in their worlds.
The Specialization involves taking a series of courses. There is considerable flexibility in which courses you take to fulfill the Specialization, so the Specialization works well for students with a range of interests. For a list of Specialization requirements, please visit the Office of the Registrar.Note that although there is a list of options for Category #3, with the Academic Advisor’s written approval submitted at the time that the application is processed, additional courses can be substituted.
If you intend to complete the Doctoral Specialization in Language and Literacy Education, please complete and submit the Intent to Enroll form.
How to confer the Doctoral Specialization in Language and Literacy Education
Specializations are conferred at the time the student's primary doctoral program is conferred. During the 'application to graduate' process, you will be asked to select which awards you as a student wish to have conferred. Please select your major and the Specialization.
Note: If the Doctoral Specialization for Language and Literacy Education is not displaying as an option, please exit the page, without submitting. Contact Linda Brandau and ask to have the award added to your record.
If you are a prospective doctoral student and would like to arrange a visit to MSU, please contact the doctoral program or programs of interest:
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education
- Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
- Special Education
He or she will work to ensure that your visit includes interaction with faculty in language and literacy education. If you have preliminary questions about doctoral study in language and literacy education at MSU, please contact the literacy faculty coordinator: Laura Tortorelli.
Doctoral Level Graduate Specialization Contacts
If you have preliminary questions about doctoral study in language and literacy education at MSU, please contact the literacy faculty coordinator: Laura Tortorelli (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education Program (CITE)
|Program Coordinator: Sandra Crespo (Crespo@msu.edu)|
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET)
| Program Co-director: Cary Roseth (email@example.com)
Special Education PhD
|Director of Doctoral Studies: Emily Bouck (firstname.lastname@example.org)|