Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood (TCHLRN-PH, RLEMC)

Specialization Curriculum
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Specialization leading to Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning

Core Requirements (20 hours)

Teaching and Learning Required Courses (choose two, 8 hours)

  • EDUTL 8003 Theorizing and Researching Teaching and Learning (4)
  • EDUTL 8015 Diversity and Equity in Education (4)

Research Requirement (choose three, 9 hours)

Take a minimum of 9 semester hours of research methods. Choose a qualitative focus, a quantitative focus, or a combination. Recommended courses are listed below. Students may select courses from beyond this list with the approval of the advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee


  • EDUTL 7431 The Ethnography of Communication 1 (3)
  • EDUTL 7432 The Ethnography of Communication 2 (4)
  • EDUTL 8001 Discourse Analysis and Educational Research 1 (4)
  • EDUTL 8002 Discourse Analysis and Educational Research 2 (4)
  • ESQUAL 8280 Qualitative Research in Education: Paradigms, Theories, and Exemplars (3)
  • ESQUAL 8290 Qualitative Research in Education: Methods and Analysis (3)


  • ESQREM 6625 Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • ESQREM 6641 Introduction to Educational Statistics (3)
  • ESQREM 7627 Sampling Designs and Survey Research Methods (3)
  • ESQREM 7648 Univariate Experimental Design (3)
  • ESQREM 8648 Multivariate Experimental Designs (3)

Breadth Requirement (choose one, 3 hours)

Take at least one course outside of specialization but within in Teaching and Learning.

  • EDUTL Breadth Requirement (3)

Specialization Requirements (24 hours)

Students must meet with a faculty advisor within the first two semesters to plan a program of study. With the approval of a faculty advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, the program of study may deviate from the curriculum below depending on scholarly and research interests.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • EDUTL 8420 Professional Seminar in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood Education (3)
  • EDUTL 8421 Guided Survey of Research in Reading (3)
  • EDUTL 8425 Understanding the Reading Process (3)
  • EDUTL 8427 Learning and Teaching Reading Comprehension (3)

Elective Courses (choose four, 12 hours)

  • EDUTL 7316 Language Arts in the Early and Middle Childhood Program (3)
  • EDUTL 7418 Synthesizing Research in Reading and Literacy (3)
  • EDUTL 7428 Trends and Issues in Teaching Reading (3)
  • EDUTL 8309 History of Theory and Practice in Literacy (3)
  • EDUTL 8311 Research in Emergent Literacy (3)
  • EDUTL 8426 Advanced Study in Reading Difficulties of Young Children (3)
  • EDUTL 8890 Advanced Seminar In Reading: Topics vary, please check course schedule (3)

Research Apprenticeship (minimum 6 hours)

  • EDUTL 8998 Research Apprenticeship in Teaching and Learning (2‐8)

Candidacy Examinations (minimum 3 hours)

Students must be registered for at least 3 graduate credits during the semester in which the candidacy examination is completed. These need not be additional, Individual Study hours.

  • EDUTL 7193 Individual Studies (1‐15)

Dissertation Research (minimum 6 hours)

  • EDUTL 8999 Dissertation Research (1‐15)

Minimum hours: 80
Post-MA/MS: 59

Program Degree Department Email
Doctoral Teaching and Learning


Note: Students exact curriculum may vary depending upon program of study determined by student and advisor.