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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

Literacy Studies Concentration, Literacy Education Specialization

Doctoral programs include a major field or area of concentration and, frequently, one or more cognate fields. Cognate fields are defined as a minimum of 6 semester hours of graduate coursework in a given area outside the student’s major field. Three years prior teaching experience is required for admission to any PhD program of study. Students will plan, in concert with the advisor and committee, a program of studies suitable to their educational desires and needs for completion of the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Application Process

Individuals seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education must first be admissible to the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and then admitted to a concentration within the PhD with a major in education. Prospective students are encouraged to make application at least six months before anticipated matriculation.

Apply to the Graduate School online.

Admissions information


The residency requirement for students in the PhD program with a major in education is two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment.

Detailed general information on the PhD program.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

Faculty Contact 
Elementary literacy education: Jennifer Jordan, clinical associate professor


Literacy specialist programs: Zoi Traga-Philippakos, assistant professor