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Early Decision: Mar 1
Regular: June 15

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Early Decision: Mar 1
Regular: Apr 15


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Research Core

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Degree: Ph.D.
Credits: 43-45
Career Path: Graduates are prepared for roles as instructional leaders, teacher educators, program evaluators, educational researchers, academics, diversity trainers/multicultural educators, and professionals who work in industries that design educational materials, curriculum and assessments.

Start Semester: Fall
Campus: Lincoln Center & Westchester
Full-time/Part-time: Both

The goal of this specialization is to prepare candidates for careers as instructional leaders and researchers in a variety of educational settings. While in the program, students will consider multiple perspectives on what it means to be literate in the contemporary world by exploring print and traditional literacies, new literacies, digital literacies, multimodal literacies, media literacy, critical literacy, and language study (e.g. sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics).

By making connections between theory and practice and engaging in research in this dynamic and emerging field, students will gain and contribute knowledge on the phenomena that is literacy in the 21st century.

Program Pre-Requisites

Students in the Literacy Specialization must provide evidence of completing at least two courses in language education, linguistics, reading or writing prior to matriculation in the program. Students also must have at least three years of satisfactory, full time teaching experience or the equivalent professional experience.

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Application Deadlines
Fall: March 1 (Early Decision), June 15 (Regular)
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1 (Early Decision), April 15 (Regular)

Additional Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research Programs

Fieldwork Requirements

All students are required to engage in an Internship in Contemporary Learning for at least one credit. Offered as a guided tutorial course, students will engage in professional experiences in the schools and/or education-related agencies as interns.

Program Curriculum

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Contemporary Learning Core (4-6 credits) Research Core (21 credits)
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Specialization Core (6 credits) Specialization Electives (Select 6 credits) Cognates & Electives (Minimum 6 credits from other areas of specialization)


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