Ph.D. Concentration

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What can I do with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies?

The Ph.D. concentration in Literacy Studies at USF prepares individuals who aspire to become university professors at major research universities. Graduates of our program also pursue careers in teaching colleges, school districts, and publishing companies. See Alumni Profiles page.

How long will completing the program take? 

Course work must be completed within four years of admission into the program. The dissertation must be completed within four years after admission to candidacy. The program may be completed in 3 to 8 years, depending on the student’s full-time or part-time status. See Program of Study page

Are any of the courses taught online or on campuses other than USF's Tampa campus?

The doctoral program is taught on the Tampa campus. There is the possibility of taking a few foundations courses online. However, all of the literacy courses are taught in person. Through these courses and the residency experience, doctoral students are apprenticed into research and academia.  

How much does the program cost? 

Tuition rates are constantly changing. To determine current fees and tuition, visit the registrar’s website. See Financial Assistance page

Are there scholarships or financial aid available? 

Yes. The University of South Florida and the College of Education, as well as many independent organizations offer scholarships and fellowships. Within the Department of Childhood Education and Literacy Studies, we offer doctoral student assistantships. Graduate assistants teach literacy courses within the elementary education program and receive tuition waivers and a yearly stipend. See Financial Assistance page.

What qualifications are required to enter the program? 

Learn more about the admissions requirements here

Do I have to take the GRE to be admitted to the program? 

Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. Scores must be in the 40th percentile or higher. The scores must be less than 5 years old. We will accept the highest score. See Admission Requirements page.

What happens after I apply to the program?

Upon receipt of the complete application (i.e., Graduate School Application and additional requirements), the Program Coordinator reviews the materials to determine the applicant’s eligibility.

Eligible applicants are invited for an interview with the Literacy Studies Faculty. The committee makes one of three recommendations: acceptance into the program, conditional acceptance with suggestions for prerequisite courses or experiences, or denial. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application within two weeks of the interview.

Who do I contact if I have more questions? 


Review contact information here