PhD Curriculum & Instruction: Reading/Literacy Education



The PhD in Curriculum & Instruction is structured to support interdisciplinary studies and individualization for researchers and practitioners. Advanced coursework and research in the liberal arts and social sciences are emphasized. Students will focus on the types of research available in their fields of study and the appropriate application of these skills. Students will complete a dissertation in the reading/literacy content area during the course of the program. 

Program Structure

The program requires (90) hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least twelve of which are to be taken outside the School of Education. 

These courses must be taken consecutively during the first year of enrollment:

ELRC 7299 Introduction to Scholarship in Education (fall)
EDCI 7910 Traditions of Inquiry in Education (spring)

Students may use courses from the list below or other courses approved by the major advisor.

Generic Methods Courses
EDCI 7475 Research Project in Secondary or K-12 Teacher Education
SOCL 7211 Seminar: Methods of Social Investigation

Qualitative Methods Courses
ANTH 4090 Ethnographic Methodology
ELRC 7243 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
ENGL 7621 Research Methods in Composition, Literacy and Rhetorical Studies
LHRD 7921 Applied Qualitative Research Methods

Quantitative Methods Courses
ELRC 7006  Educational Statistics
ELRC 7016  Advanced Educational Statistics
ELRC 7241  Educational Research Methodology
ELRC 7242  Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs in Ed. Research
PSYC 7117  Methodology and Research Design
SOCL 7201  Fundamental Statistics in Sociology
SOCL 7203/POLI  7963  Advanced Research Methods in Social Science 

Fifty hours must be taken in the student’s area(s) of specialization.

Dissertation hours (EDCI 9000): a minimum of twelve hours and a maximum of eighteen hours must be taken within the 90-hour program. (Additional hours may be taken beyond the 18 hours but cannot be used to satisfy the research requirement.)

Electives - Up to twelve hours may be taken with the major advisor’s approval


Twelve to eighteen hours, or as required by the minor field, may be taken. At least one doctoral committee member must represent the minor field.


Writing Pedagogy Minor

The Writing Pedagogy Minor may be used with graduate degrees in Curriculum & Instruction.

EDCI 7129 Writing Seminar: From Idea to Manuscript (3)
EDCI 7311 1 and 2: Topics in Language Arts Education: LSU Writing Project (6)
EDCI 7314 Teaching Written Composition from PK through Grade 6 (3)

EDCI 7129 Writing Seminar: From Idea to Manuscript (3)
EDCI 7311 1 and 2: Topics in Language Arts Education: LSU Writing Project (6)
EDCI 7142 Studies in the Teaching of Composition in Secondary Schools (3)



The school-level academic course plan for each student is developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee includes the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty.

The student must pass a General exam consisting of written questions and a comprehensive oral exam; write a dissertation proposal and pass an oral defense of the proposal; and write a dissertation, and pass an oral defense of the dissertation.



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Kim Skinner, PhD
113C Peabody Hall

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