Doctor of Philosophy in Language & Literacies Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Language & Literacies Education Overview
The Language & 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 & Literacies Education courses address current issues in the study of applied linguistics and literacies, such as:
- The learning, teaching, and use of Indigenous, official, international/heritage, and sign languages and literacies;
- 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 on 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.
Students enrolled in the PhD in Language & Literacies Education program are required to complete:
- Six to eight half-courses, depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, plus the Proseminar in Language & Literacies in Education course which will orient you to the life of a thesis track student in the program
- A comprehensive examination (Download the LLE comprehensive exam guidelines)
- 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.
At a Glance
Full-time (6 years - maximum)
Flexible-time (8 years - maximum)
Requires: 7 half courses, comprehensive examination, thesis
Funding and Tuition
For current information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition & Financial Support.
Applications to the Doctor of Philosophy in Language & Literacies Education for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle are open.
To view updated program deadlines, visit the OISE application deadlines and closing dates page.
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Why I Chose Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
Yecid Ortega (Master of Arts 2015, Doctor of Philosophy 2021)
Lecturer and Research Assistant
Language, Literacies and Comparative International and Development Education
"My journey has taken me from teaching English as a Foreign Language in Colombia to the USA where I worked as a Spanish teacher, teacher educator and curriculum developer for various schools and now to Canada – where I have found my home in research and education in teacher education programs and TESOL. At OISE, I explore issues of social justice in language teacher education and culture, race, linguistics, human rights, and gender equality around the world."
Doctor of Philosophy in Language & Literacies Education Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
Minimum admission requirements for this program are:
- An appropriate masters degree with an academic standing equivalent to at least B+ from a recognized university. The School of Graduate Studies establishes the minimum academic requirements for admission.
- English Language Proficiency (if required)
- Please see the SGS calendar for more details.
We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Online Application
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Two letters of reference from two separate people (one academic and one professional)
- A résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies
- An academic writing sample
- Completion of program application questions (called "Faculty Questions: CTL")
In 1,000-1,5000 words, describe why you wish to undertake a research-oriented program of study. Discuss your academic interests, experience and professional concerns. We ask each applicant to:
Highlight research activities in which you’ve engaged (e.g., action research in your classroom, work as a research assistant on a funded research project). Discuss how you will build on these experiences or what you have learned that will inform your graduate work.
Write about professional experiences (teaching and those related to education), as well as contributions to education (e.g., involvement on curriculum-writing teams, mentoring new teachers), and discuss how you will build on these experiences in your graduate work.
Discuss any relevant publications you have.
Identify potential research topics for your thesis or dissertation, providing background information on why these topics are important to you. You may want to sketch out a potential research project to give reviewers a sense of your command of a particular topic, relevant literature, and how you would design a study of it.
Please review the CTL faculty research information. If you identify Language & Literacies Education faculty members whose research interests align with yours, you will be asked to list only their first names and last names.
Based on your described program of study, list 3-5 keywords to let us know your research interests.
If you will have funding from your home government, international organizations or funding agencies, please provide details (Name of funding agency, value and duration). If this does not apply, leave this section blank.
Is there any additional information you want to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application?
- View FAQ for other important application notes.
Tip: Don’t leave reviewers guessing. If there is something about your previous studies or your professional background that might stand out, address it in the statement of intent. One common example of this is a master’s degree that is in a field quite different from LLE research. In this case, you might tell us about professional experiences that prepare you for doctoral studies if your masters degree did not. Another common example is not having a full master’s thesis. In a few words, explain to us how the writing sample you’re including in your application provides evidence of your readiness to pursue doctoral studies.
Additional Degree Information
We are looking for applicants who have a sound academic background and a deep interest in education. The degree is designed to provide opportunities for advanced study, original research, and theoretical analysis.
Applicants should have demonstrated commitment to education prior to applying. Please note, the LLE program is not a teacher certification program. For more information on our teacher certification programs please visit: OISE Teacher Education Degrees.
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Take the next step in your academic journey and start your application to graduate studies at OISE.