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.

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 TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Ph.D. in Reading Education

Program Contact

Connie Briggs, Ph.D.

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 ‘reading master’ mean to you?
      • What do you think are the greatest challenges for someone holding a Reading Specialist position?
      • 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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