Ph.D. Concentration



Offered on USF's Tampa campus

The Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Literacy Studies prepares research scholars with expertise in literacy processes, literacy instruction, and literacy teacher education.

The program is offered on the Tampa campus and features:

  • In-depth exploration of literacy theories and research,
  • The broad study of standardized analysis skills,
  • Training of various research methodologies,
  • The development of personalized strands of research,
  • A mentored residency experience in literacy teacher education.

Features of the Program

  • Mentored Research experiences based on the highest standards of discovery, creativity, and intellectual achievement.
  • Innovative Teaching as an interactive process with community involvement in which literacies are viewed as mediated abilities within a contributing culture. 
  • Engaged Service to the Community to enrich the lives of students and teachers by promoting the importance of sponsorship and independence through the development of literacies in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults. 
  • Global Perspectives broadened through partnerships in diverse communities that embrace multiple perspectives and transnational literacy practices.
  • Integrated Technology and Digital Literacies as tools for exploring literacy across multiple contexts and within a digitally-mediated society. 
  • Student Success as a shared responsibility and mutual goal of the doctoral student, faculty, and program.


Earning a doctorate is different than any other degree. Our doctoral students are expected to read deeply, engage in research, and communicate their scholarship through academic publication. Most of this work is done outside of course hours.

The successful completion of a doctoral program requires academic talent, strong analysis skills, and writing competence as well as the investment of a great deal of time and effort. These attributes are developed through thought, reflection, and diligence and under the mentorship of faculty.