This degree is part of the Literacy Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

The PhD in literacy education is designed to prepare you for a career in higher education as well as leadership positions in a variety of educational settings.

Goals of the PhD Program

This program prepares you to:

  • Understand the fields of literacy, mathematics education, social studies education and science education in terms of research, curriculum, policy, teacher development and student learning.
  • Develop, carry out and report independent research in some area of elementary education.
  • Become outstanding teachers/advisors of college students.
  • Understand the role of service in the university setting.

These goals are achieved through a combination of course-work, internships and authentic experiences with research, development and teacher education.

This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

To receive an PhD degree in reading education, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. Programs of study are individually planned with a faculty committee. Visit Mizzou’s course catalog for a sample plan of study.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Personal Data Sheet
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)