PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum with Emphasis in Language and Literacies for Social Transformation

The Language and Literacies for Social Transformation emphasis area gives students a strong background in reading and writing pedagogy, adolescent literature, and media literacy.  We also emphasize lesson planning, curriculum creation and teaching, classroom management, diversity and social equity.

We prepare candidates to be English teachers and follow the guidelines of National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), as well as those of the National Middle School Association (NMSA).

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required.

English Education33-36 semester hours
Support Area I12-15 semester hours
Support Area II12-15 semester hours
Research Methodology12-15 semester hours
Dissertation9 semester hours


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

Admission requirements will be based upon the following criteria.  Complete admission requirements for the PhD program.

  • Completion of an appropriate Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Completion of an appropriate master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose clearly indicating that the proposed graduate degree is appropriate to the applicant's professional aspirations.
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (preferred minimum scores should be V150, Q144, A4.0 or higher)
  • For students whose native language is not English, a score of 100 or better on the IBT TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS taken within the past two years

The LTC graduate program cannot assure admission to all applicants who meet minimum standards specified for the degree program.  Resource constraints do not permit the admission of all qualified applicants.
A committee of faculty reviews the credentials of each applicant.  It is the responsibility of this committee to exercise professional judgment related to the criteria that applicants must meet in order to be considered for admission to the program.

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