Ph.D. in Reading Education

Earn your PhD in Reading Education in as little as four years. A minimum of 72 hours of coursework is 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 the field of literacy? Our faculty is supportive of anyone working full-time, providing "rigor with grace" throughout the doctoral program. 

The PhD in Reading Education at Texas Woman's University will help you deepen your own expertise within the field while also developing the knowledge and confidence to:

  • Perform literacy-related research
  • Guide preservice and inservice teachers
  • Create and implement literacy programs

We invite you to be a part of the PhD in Reading Education community. New students enter as part of a cohort with opportunities to collaborate and network with peers throughout coursework.

*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


Learn about our programs in a Virtual Open House on the second Tuesday of each month at 4-5 p.m.

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Reading Education Concentrations

Our doctoral students are not limited in choice of concentration. These are just a few of the options available in our program. 

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.
    • Professional writing Sample
    • One to two page statement of professional experience and your goals in pursuing a doctoral degree in reading education
    • Two professional and/or academic letters of reference from individuals who can speak to your potential for success in a graduate program
    • Current curriculum vita or resume
    • 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?

Contact Information

Amy Burke Profile

Amy Burke, PhD
Associate Professor
MCL 901-C 

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