Ph.D. in Reading Education

Are you a teacher looking to become an expert in specialized literacy programs? Texas Woman’s doctoral program will help you develop strategies and techniques that enhance your ability to help preservice and inservice teachers develop literacy expertise, create and implement reading programs, and perform literacy-related research. This is an on-campus program in Denton.

Ph.D. in Reading Education Degree Plan
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Careers & Salaries

With your PhD in Reading Education, you can pursue careers in educational administration, higher education or research. Salaries vary widely.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salaries for positions include:

Why Reading Education at TWU?

Our faculty are internationally renown for literacy education and intervention. TWU is one of 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 that world that offer training in Descubriendo La Lectura (Reading Recovery in Spanish).

Our faculty expertise and research includes:

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

As a doctoral student, you will research, write and collaborate on a professional level with faculty members.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Literacy & Learning

Program Contact

Patricia Watson, Ph.D.
Department Chair

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.

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