Degree overview
The doctoral program in literacy education (Ph.D.) at the University of Maine focuses on theoretical research traditions, historical perspectives, and diverse epistemologies and methodologies that frame the study of literacy in varied settings, with emphasis on the distinct needs of rural areas. Through coursework, collaborative research and the opportunity to publish and present research findings, students develop the skills and strategies to answer their own questions related to literacy education. The program’s hallmarks include its selectivity, small size and close mentoring by nationally recognized faculty. Enrollment is limited to no more than 12 students, to ensure quality and close relationships with faculty. We prepare doctoral students to be literacy leaders and advocates in their communities.

Careers in literacy education
Graduates of our doctoral program have gone on to serve in other academic institutions as professors and researchers, in government or nonprofit education organizations, and as members of the National Writing Project. Many of our graduates also work in schools, as administrators and curriculum coordinators with a strong understanding of current literacy research and practice.

Program delivery
Literacy education doctoral students at the University of Maine are part of the College of Education and Human Development’s innovative Ph.D. in PreK-12 Education program. Students are part of two cohorts: A core cohort, made up of individuals pursuing the same area of study (literacy) and a second cohort of individuals from different concentrations (educational leadership/prevention and intervention studies). This model encourages dialogue across multiple, yet related disciplines, while enabling students to develop in-depth expertise in their focus area. To the degree possible, courses are adapted to the needs, interests and schedules of the group.

To apply
Applicants for the doctoral program must have a master’s or Certificate of Advanced Study degree. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and applications should be submitted through the University of Maine Graduate School. For more information on how to apply contact Program Coordinator Susan Bennett-Armistead, susan.bennett-armistead@maine.edu.

Literacy faculty

Susan Bennett-Armistead, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Early Literacy
Rich Kent, Ph.D., Professor of Literacy Education
Ken Martin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
William “Dee” Nichols, Ph.D., Professor
Timothy Reagan, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Education
Mary Rosser, Director of Center for Reading Recovery
Jane Wellman-Little, C.A.S., Lecturer