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PhD in Language and Literacies Education

Information and resources for current students

Program overview

Students enrolled in the PhD in Language and Literacies Education program are required to complete:

  • six to eight half-courses, depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, plus the Proseminar in Language and Literacies in Education course which will orient you to the life of a thesis track student in the program 
  • a comprehensive examination
  • a thesis embodying the results of an original investigation 
  • a final oral examination on the content and implications of the thesis

For the full-time student, a minimum of two consecutive years of full-time study are required at the beginning of the program. During this time, students usually complete their coursework and comprehensive examination requirements, prepare a thesis proposal, and form a thesis committee. 


Required courses

Students who wish to propose an alternative course to fulfill a course requirement must obtain the approval of both the program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or thesis supervisor.

Students must complete 3.0 to 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

Forms, guidelines and resource

Annual review

Thesis-track students routinely meet with their supervisor and thesis committee to discuss their progress in the program. Once a year, this progress is documented in an annual review meeting. 

At this meeting, students report on their progress, and their committee provides guidance, advice, and recommendations. The committee also determines whether the student's progress is satisfactory or requiring additional support. 

Students are required to bring an annual review form, with pages 1-2 completed, to the annual review meeting. Supervisors will complete relevant sections of the form, documenting what was discussed at the meeting, and evaluating progress.  

Both the student and the thesis supervisor must sign the form. The signed form must be submitted to the graduate studies program administrator.


Program length and suggested progress timeline

This degree program has been designed so that it can be completed within 4 years for full-time students, and 7 years for flex-time students. 

Full-time students are expected to complete the program within 6 years, and part-time students are expected to complete the program within 8 years. 

For a breakdown of degree time to completion requirements, take a look at our suggested progress to completion timelines for full-time students and part-time students