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About Our Program

The Language and Literacies Education program investigates questions about the relationships of literacies in language and language in literacies across communities, societies, instructional environments, and informal learning settings.

Language and Literacies Education courses address current issues in the study of applied linguistics and literacies, such as:

  • The learning, teaching, and use of first and additional (nonnative) languages in diverse settings;
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to the development of first and additional language and K-12 literacy skills;
  • The development of bilingual, multilingual, and translinguistic abilities;
  • Language and literacy education policies and planning;
  • Pedagogy oriented towards multiliteracies development, including early literacy and adolescent reading, writing and oral language development, and children’s literature across the curriculum;
  • Social justice issues related to plurilingualism and cultural and linguistic diversity; and
  • Pedagogical implications of the fact that language and literacy are infused  into all aspects of learning  in contexts characterized by linguistic diversity.

Program Structure

The Language and Literacies Education program is designed for flexibility.  Choose courses that best meet your needs.  The program details are as follows:

  • The LLE Ph.D. degree normally requires six to eight completed courses (depending on previous experience and academic qualifications), a completed Comprehensives exam and a Doctoral thesis.
  • Students are required to successfully complete CTL3001H – Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education and a course in research methods from the LLE  approved research methods course list. 
  • At least four of the courses must be Language and Literacies Education courses.  LLE courses are identified with CTL3000-level course codes (i.e CTL3000H to CTL3999H) and Special Topics courses in LLE are identified as CTL5300H to CTL5699H (Masters Level) and CTL6300H to CTL6999H (Doctoral Level). The remaining courses are electives.
  • Non-LLE courses (if you choose to take them) can include Masters or Doctoral level courses from the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program or courses from any other OISE departments: Social Justice Education, Applied Psychology and Human Development, and Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education



The LLE Ph.D Program offers a wide variety of courses (click here to view course titles). Our classes typically consist of 15 to 25 students. 

The Ph.D program can be taken on a full-time or flex-time basis.  Full-time Ph.D. students must complete their degree within six years. Flexible-time Ph.D. students must complete their degree within eight years.  Degree requirements for both programs are the same.  Doctoral students usually take two or three courses per term.  A typical course involves 12 classes.   During the fall and winter terms, a class will meet once each week at OISE (252 Bloor Street West, Toronto) for twelve weeks.   During the spring and summer terms, a class meets twice a week for six weeks.  Classes are scheduled for the early evening (e.g., 5pm to 8pm) or the early afternoon (e.g., 1pm to 4pm), Monday through Thursday.   We also offer a large selection of online courses, which allow you to participate from home.  


Ph.D Student Funding

Full-time doctoral students (but not Flex-time doctoral students) receive a funding package equal to the cost of academic tuition and fees, plus support as a Graduate Assistant or Teaching Assistant, in each of the first four years of their program. Some limited funding may also be available in year 5.  The average time to completion is 5.70 years. You can view the average graduate income in our department for domestic and international full-time Ph.D students here


Specific resources related to the program include the OISE library’s Modern Language Collection, la Collection Franco-Ontarienne, the Children’s and Young Adult literature collection, and the Centre for Educational Research on Languages and Literacies.