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PhD in Language and Literacy Education (Literacies and Children's Literature P-5 or 6-12)

Become an expert literacy educator-scholar in your field with our flexible, challenging PhD program in Language and Literacy Education.

Develop close mentoring relationships with our award-winning faculty for support and guidance through your program. You will have numerous opportunities to apprentice on research projects, author articles and book chapters, present at national and international conferences, and teach university courses.


Become proficient in literacies and children’s literature through formal internships (in both research and university teaching), special courses, and independent research projects.

You will take a minimum of 46 semester hours of academic credit. This includes a minimum of 30 semester hours for admission to candidacy and a minimum of 16 hours of 8000 and 9000 level courses. Requirements include:

  • An introductory seminar (LLED 8000)
  • Four research methodology courses
  • A research apprenticeship
  • Diversity studies

The research apprenticeship pairs doctoral students with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty on a range of research activities. Past students have worked on writing grants, research design and implementation, collaborative writing and presenting, and community service work.

If you are a practicing teacher in the state of Georgia who wishes to pursue a doctorate and wants to qualify for a T6- or T7-level promotion with this degree, you will be required to take specific courses that align with your teaching field and initial certification, as determined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Refer to the Program of Study PDF for more details .

In consultation with a major professor, you will form a doctoral committee made of faculty who reflect your research goals. This team charts a path through the coursework, the comprehensive examination, the prospectus, and the eventual dissertation.


Our Faculty

A hallmark of our program is the close mentoring relationships doctoral candidates develop with our award-winning faculty.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit official GRE scores. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores can be considered as well, but only if GRE scores are received. International applicants should submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Please note: we can ONLY consider the MAT scores for PhD applicants if GRE scores are also received.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages

Email your writing sample to the department and include your name, desired area of emphasis for the PhD program (i.e. English Education, LCL, or World Language Education and TESOL), and the words “writing sample” in the subject line.

Please indicate in your statement of purpose which area of emphasis below you intend to pursue for the PhD program (i.e. English Education, LCL, or World Language Education and TESOL).

Start A Graduate School Application

Funding consideration will be given to students who apply for Fall by November 1st. Fall is the only admissions term in which funding is awarded each year.

In addition to the written application, this emphasis requires either a face-to-face or web-based interview. For the 2022/2023 school year, interviews will be conducted on Monday, Friday, November 12, 2021.

There will be another interview date in April 2019 that will be listed once it is determined.

In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in an area of language and/or literacy education, or a related field.
  2. For US residents, you must submit official GRE scores. You may also submit official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, but those scores can only be considered if we also have your official GRE scores. We recommend the following GRE and MAT scores but will consider GRE/MAT scores in light of the merits of your entire application package.
  3. GRE: at least a score of 295 (if taken after August 2011)
  4. GRE: at least a score of 900 (if taken prior to August 2011)
  5. MAT: at least a score of 408
  6. For International residents, you must take the GRE and TOEFL, or the IELTS. We require the following scores:
  7. GRE Verbal score of 154 or higher
  8. TOEFL: at least a score of 100 with a minimum score of 25 in speaking and a 25 in writing
  9. IELTS: at least a score of 7 with a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking and a 6.5 in writing
  10. For international residents, you must also demonstrate proficiency with two languages as evidenced by
    1. A bachelor’s degree in English linguistics and literature,
    2. A master’s degree where English was the medium of instruction
  11. We recommend an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  12. We recommend at least two years of teaching experience

If you would like to be considered for departmental funding in addition to being considered for admission to the program, please complete the assistantship application and email it to after you have submitted the Grad School application.

Deadline To Apply

For a spring start, the deadline for applications is Oct. 15 (international students) or Nov. 1 (domestic students).

For a summer or fall start, the deadline is March 15.

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Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.

Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

Meet the Faculty

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

As a doctoral student in language and literacy education, you will find yourself immersed in a true learning community: one that cultivates a culture of well-being, belonging, contribution, communication, and exploration.

Collaborate with your peers by participating in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language & Literacy Education Graduate Organization, and the Children’s Literature Conference.

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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