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Reading/Literacy Program Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


Applicants for a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Reading/Literacy must be admitted to the Graduate School. Applicants must have completed three years of P-12 teaching; must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work for students without a master’s degree or an overall GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 for students with a masters or educational specialist’s degree. Also required are the following:


  • Graduate School Application,

  • Official transcripts sent from all institutions attended (a master’s degree is required to apply to the program)

  • Three (3) positive letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic and professional work,

  • A sample of professional writing in the form of a thesis, article, term paper, or other type of writing that demonstrates writing ability,

  • Submit a philosophy paper relative to the advanced degree and its relationship to the applicant’s goals for personal and professional growth

  • An interview with the faculty admissions committee, and

  • A GRE score of not less than 850 (verbal and quantitative) with not less than 450 on verbal and 420 on quantitative.


(Note: All of the listed as "Admission Requirements" must be received in the Graduate Office prior to evaluation for admission to the Ph.D. Program.)