Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) | C&I | SIU

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College of Education and Human Services

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Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

The Language, Literacies, and Culture program area provides two focus areas of study: literacy education and the TESOL option. Both focus areas engage doctoral students in courses that advance their knowledge in literacy research, theory, and practice.


A total of 72 semester hours is required in order to complete the degree. Students will take 15 semester hours of required COEHS and C&I core courses (see list below). An additional 25 credit hours will be taken in the Language, Literacies, and Culture program area. Students will also be required to complete 24 credit hours of doctoral dissertation coursework. Note: students are required to complete at least 9 credit hours of research tool courses.

College of Education Professional Core (6 semester hours)
EDUC 510 - Introduction to Doctoral Studies in Education
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EDUC 511 - Doctoral Seminar in Philosophical and Cultural Foundations of Education 
- or - EDUC 512 - Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Foundations of Education

Research Tools Courses (9 credit hours)
QUAN 505 - Introduction to Quantitative Research
EAHE 587 - Introduction to Qualitative Research
Your Choice of a Cross-Departmental Research Course (3 credit hours)

C&I Professional Core (9 semester hours)
CI 582 - Advanced Research Methods in Education
CI 583 - Instructional Theory, Principles, and Practices
CI 584 - Curriculum Theory, Foundations, and Principles

Language, Literacies, and Culture Courses (25 credit hours, includes electives)
Courses vary. See the Language, Literacies, and Culture Doctoral Curriculum Guide below for more information.

VIEW CURRICULUM GUIDE | Ph.D. – Language, Literacies, and Culture

For a complete and detailed list of the C&I doctoral program requirements, visit the College of Education and Human Services’ degree requirement page.