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Literacy Leadership (Education, Ph.D.)

Degree Level: Graduate
College: Education
Major : Education
Department: Teaching & Learning
Degree Earned: Doctor of Philosophy


For admission to this program, individuals should have a completed master's degree in an appropriate discipline from a regionally accredited university. Degrees that are equivalent to a master's degree such as L.L.B., J.D., and D.D.S. are acceptable. Prospective students should also have prior course work in statistics, and curriculum and instruction. If this assumption is not met, then additional course work will be added to the candidate's graduate program of study. Please see prerequisites on the curriculum description for specifics.

Application requirements for the PhD in Education Concentration Literacy Leadership are as follows:

  • A completed application form which is available online or from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees completed.
  • Official report scores from the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) taken within the last five years. GRE scores expire after five years; however, candidates who have completed the exam prior to five years before the application deadline may submit those scores for consideration if they are provided from an official source such as transcript or form provided by the Educational Testing Service. Old Dominion University reserves the right to determine what is an "official source."
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) of at least 600 (written) or 250 (computer based).
  • Applicants must submit a 1500 word statement of their academic and professional goals with an emphasis on how the Ph.D. degree in Literacy Leadership will contribute to the achievement of the stated goals.
  • Three letters of reference from sources capable of commenting on the applicant's readiness for advanced graduate study. It is recommended that these letters come from employment supervisors and/or university faculty members.
  • An interview with the Literacy Leadership Program Committee. This committee will also review applications for admission.

Under normal circumstances, admissions will be offered once a year in order to build efficient cohort groups for this type of advanced study. In order to enhance the experience of the students and to increase the efficiency by which courses are offered, a cohort of 10-15 students will be admitted each year. This limited number of students is necessary to assure that there is an adequate number of full-time faculty to serve the students through advising and other duties, particularly when the cohorts reach the dissertation stage of the program.

Applicants must submit completed applications and all related materials no later than March 1 of each year, and students will be admitted for study beginning in June or July of the same year.

Application Dates

Fall Spring Summer Financial Assistantship
Deadlines June 1 November 1 February 1
International April 15 October 1 Februrary 1


Tests GRE
Recommendations 3
Essay Yes, 500-word essay on your reason for entering program and plans for post-graduation. Interview with program director is also required.
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