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Ph.D. in Reading

The doctoral program in Reading provides high quality instruction and research in the area of reading and literacy. As the only program of its kind in Alabama, the program utilizes a rigorous course of study, combined with mentorship experiences led by top-rated faculty.

About This Program

The Ph.D. Reading/Literacy degree program is a research-oriented program with rigorous coursework in literacy theories, pedagogy, and best practices combined with cognitive apprenticeships in the field and opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research projects and scholarly work.

Career Fields

Candidates are poised to become educational leaders, research scholars, community advocates, and overall experts in reading/literacy disciplines. As such, program graduates are expected to contribute to higher education institutions, research labs, policy centers, state departments, and school districts through meaningful research, public policy, and curriculum/instructional development which positively impacts literacy education.

Department Information

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Contacts Information

Gwendolyn Williams,

Program Coordinator
Carver Complex North
Room 222-C


The Reading PhD program is currently being revamped and is not accepting new applicants. Please check back in the fall for program updates.