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.

Program Requirements

In this program, you will complete 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours (or up to 72 post-graduate), including 12 hours for dissertation and 15 hours for research tools courses including 6 hours of statistics. Twelve to fifteen hours are allotted for coursework outside of the Department of Reading, allowing you to customize the degree to your research area, with advisor approval.

A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.

You must complete this program within 10 years of beginning the program.

Prior to applying for this program, you need to take the GRE. Scores of 153 verbal/144 quantitative or scores within one standard deviation of the posted mean are required.

You also must have a graduate-level GPA of 3.5 of higher and three years of teaching experience.

How to Apply

  1. Take the GRE and have your scores sent to TWU (Institution Code: 6826)
  2. Review TWU’s general requirements for graduate admission
  3. Apply to the TWU Graduate School
  4. Apply to the Department of Reading by submitting these documents directly by email to
    • Vita/resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 1-2 page statement of professional experience and goals in pursuing doctoral degree in reading.
    • Professional writing sample

Be sure to put your first and last name and Doctoral Application in the subject line (SallyStudentDocApplication).

A committee will review your application and materials to determine if you will be invited to an on-campus interview and on-demand writing sample session. Only after successful completion of all of these steps will you be accepted into the program.

Reading Education Courses Offered by Semester (2016-2021)

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