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Doctor of Philosophy</br> in Reading Education

PROGRAM
OVERVIEW
ADMISSIONS
REQUIREMENTS
FACULTY
& ALUMNI

The Ph.D. in Reading Education identifies an individual as having developed a high level of professional autonomy and the ability to work in collaboration with others — qualifications that are identified with professional leadership. Doctoral courses and experiences are designed to help the student leave the university with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional affiliations that will support the goals of a doctoral level professional. Our departmental goal is that every doctoral graduate will demonstrate scholarly achievement, confidence, curiosity, and commitment to the profession.

Oakland University’s doctoral program in Reading Education is designed around a vision of providing doctoral-level challenges within the context of collaborative relationships between the doctoral students and the faculty. The Department of Reading and Language Arts faculty is committed to involving our doctoral students in the process of scholarly inquiry. Students have the opportunity to relate to a variety of faculty members who have different areas of expertise.

With a small ratio of doctoral students to department faculty, faculty members can give significant individual attention to the students. Specific examples of this attention may include encouraging and helping students participate in conference presentations, special assignments that involve developing or extending research skills, and working collaboratively with professors and fellow students on projects that may lead to publishable outcomes.


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Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on letters of recommendation, prior university course work, writing ability, and performance on the Miller Analogies Test. Applications are considered twice a year, on March 1 for fall term admission and October 15 for winter term admission.

Application Items:
  • Application for admission to graduate study
  • Supplemental application
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Miller analogy test scores
  • Official transcripts
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens, or applicants with foreign academic credentials may also be required to submit the following:
  • Permanent residency / current visa status
  • English translation of foreign transcripts
  • Foreign transcript evaluation - general report
  • Official TOEFL test scores


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Since 1979, faculty and graduates of the program have won awards and made outstanding achievements. 

OU Faculty
  • Seven OU Excellence in Teaching recipients
  • Three OU Excellence in Research recipients
  • Two Albert Harris Award recipients
  • Oscar Causey Award
  • The IRA Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award 
  • A Reading Hall of Fame member
  • Edward B. Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association
  • Albert J. Kingston Award from the Literacy Research Association
  • Outstanding Michigan Educator Award (both faculty and graduates)
  • Reading Recovery and other grants
OU Graduates
  • Ph.D. graduates have twice earned the IRA Outstanding Dissertation award, and five doctoral graduates have been finalists 
  • Albert Harris Award
  • Ph.D. graduates serve as teachers, administrators, literacy leaders, professors and researchers around the globe.


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Doctoral Coordinator:
John E. McEneaney
490 E Pawley Hall
(248) 370-4155 

Assistantships:
Assistantships are sometimes available, on a competitive basis, to superior applicants who wish to learn, first hand, about teaching and research while pursuing a degree.