This degree is part of the Literacy Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

The Doctoral Program in Reading Education is designed to prepare individuals for careers in higher education and leadership positions in a variety of educational settings. Besides enhancing students’ knowledge of reading education, students develop expertise in conceptualizing, conducting and reporting research studies. Programs of study are individually planned with a faculty committee.

Goals of the PhD Program

This program prepares you to:

  • Develop, carry out and report independent research in some area of elementary education.
  • Become outstanding teachers/advisors of college students.
  • Understand the role of service in the university setting.

These goals are achieved through a combination of course-work, internships and authentic experiences with research, development and teacher education.

This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

To receive an PhD degree in reading education, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. Programs of study are individually planned with a faculty committee. Visit Mizzou’s course catalog for a sample plan of study.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

In addition to completing the Graduate Studies application, you must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)