Early childhood educator in classroom

Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning, Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood

Section Items

The doctoral program in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood provides high-quality academic preparation and collaborative research in schools and communities. You’ll develop your own research agenda and work closely with faculty on issues related to how children learn to read and write along with how educators can best address their needs. Together, you will address educational excellence, diversity and social justice in reading and literacy education.

Students who began the T&L PhD program in AU25 or beyond will follow the curriculum of one of the five new specializations associated with the PhD redesign. This area of study only pertains to students who began in AU24 or before. If you are a student who started in AU24 or before and want to switch into one of the new specializations, please work with your faculty advisor to determine if this is appropriate for you.

Section Items

Program Features 

Section Items

Career Paths 

Section Items

Funding Opportunities 

Section Items

Degree Requirements

Grid Items


Master’s degree.

Minimum Program hours


(up to 30 credit hours may transfer)

Deadline to apply

December 1 

Section Items

Contact Us

Thank you for taking an interest in one of our programs. Please share a little information about yourself and we will be able to connect you with the best person to answer your questions.