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

The PhD in Language and Literacies for Social Transformation is designed for individuals seeking to be faculty researchers, language and literacy teacher educators, and leaders in the areas of language and literacy studies, reading education, English education, TESOL, early childhood literacy, children’s literature, and media literacy as well as other areas related to language and literacies that may not fall within one of these traditionally-designated categories.

Centering social justice and equity as core values, the LLST doctoral program prepares students to:

  1. develop foundational knowledge of language and literacies studies;
  2. cultivate a specialization in an area of language and literacies; and
  3. conduct original research and prepare an ongoing research agenda.

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.

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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