Ph.D. in Reading Education

Earn your PhD in Reading Education in as little as four years. Only 72 hours of coursework are required with the ability to transfer in hours. Enjoy the convenience of a hyflex option* or attend in person. Explore many concentrations.

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Students collaborate

Are you a teacher looking to become an expert in specialized literacy programs? Our faculty is supportive of anyone working full-time and will provide "rigor with grace" in the coursework. 

Texas Woman’s PhD in Reading Education will help you develop strategies and techniques to help preservice and inservice teachers develop literacy expertise, create and implement reading programs, and perform literacy-related research. We prepare you to help build communities. 

Speaking of communities, be part of your own PhD in Reading Education community as part of a cohort. Network and collaborate with peers through the core curriculum.

*The hyflex format allows for both classes on Zoom and in person. As part of hyflex, students will meet in-person on campus for a long weekend every fall and spring semester as well as 2-3 weeks in the summer the first three years of coursework. The hyflex delivery method option is pending Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approval.

Ph.D. in Reading Education Degree Plan

Reading in Education Concentrations


Renowned Faculty

Our faculty are internationally renowned for literacy education and intervention. TWU is one of only two university training centers in the United States that offers a post-doctoral program to train Reading Recovery trainers, and the only university training center in the world that offers training in Descubriendo La Lectura (Reading Recovery in Spanish).

Faculty expertise and research includes:

  • Bilingual/ESL
  • Critical literacy
  • Early literacy
  • Early intervention
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Diversity
  • Writing


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Literacy & Learning

Program Contact

Amy Burke, Ph.D., Program Chair
MCL 901-C

Application Deadlines

No Deadlines, rolling admission

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous undergraduate and graduate courses.

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Collect and submit the following documents as separate pdf files in ONE email to with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Ph.D. Reading Education. Please attach all items as PDFs.
    • Vita/resume
    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Professional writing sample (may be a paper written in a master's class)
    • A one-to-two-page narrative answering the following questions:
      • What does ‘literacy learning’ mean to you?
      • What do you think are the greatest challenges for literacy educators today?
      • What do you think current and past colleagues and employers would tell us about you as an educator?
      • Provide three examples of how you led and/or participated in collaborative activities with others (e.g., colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, parents, students?
      • Provide a statement of your proficiency with technology and what tools you find useful in your classroom.

Contact Information

Amy Burke, PhD
Associate Professor
MCL 901-C 

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