Language and Literacies Education PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Students participating in the PhD program must have a strong commitment to research. The Language and Literacies Education (LLE) program offers both full-time and flexible-time PhD options. Degree requirements for the full-time and flexible-time options are the same. Applicants must declare their preferred option when applying.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate master's degree with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better from a recognized university is required.

  • Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a master's thesis, or the equivalent in the form of a scholarly piece of writing.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants must submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future career goals.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.5 to 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, as follows:

    • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs within the LLE program, including CTL3001H Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE) and CTL3899H Proseminar in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL3001H or CTL3899H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • A research methods course relevant to the topic of the thesis (0.5 FCE). Any of the following courses can fulfil this requirement: CTL1018H, CTL1041H, CTL1306H, CTL3033H, CTL3807H, CTL3810H, APD1296H, APD3202H, JOI1287H, JOI1288H, JOI3228H, or SJE1905H.

    • A student wishing to propose an alternative course to fulfil one of the LLE course requirements must obtain the approval of the LLE program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or thesis supervisor.

  • Comprehensive examination.

  • A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation, and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the content and implications of the thesis.

  • Students are responsible for meeting deadlines to complete their course requirements, thesis committee formation, comprehensive examination, and thesis ethical review.

  • Full-time PhD students must maintain full-time status throughout their program of study.

  • Students must register continuously and pay the full-time fee until all degree requirements have been fulfilled.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate master's degree with a grade equivalent to a University of Toronto B+ or better from a recognized university is required.

  • Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a master's thesis, or the equivalent in the form of a scholarly piece of writing.

  • Ordinarily, applicants will have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience prior to applying.

  • Applicants must submit a resumé and a Statement of Intent describing their reasons for wishing to take the program, previous qualifications and professional experiences, particular research or professional interests, and future career goals.

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they are currently employed and are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.5 to 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) depending on previous experience and academic qualifications, as follows:

    • A minimum of 2.0 FCEs within the LLE program, including CTL3001H Research Colloquium in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL3001H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • CTL3899H Proseminar in Language and Literacies Education (0.5 FCE), if not previously taken at the master's level. If CTL3899H was taken at the master's level, students are not permitted to take it again and should substitute it with another LLE program course (0.5 FCE).

    • A research methods course relevant to the topic of the thesis (0.5 FCE). Any of the following courses can fulfil this requirement: CTL1018H, CTL1041H, CTL1306H, CTL3033H, CTL3807H, CTL3810H, APD1296H, APD3202H, JOI1287H, JOI1288H, JOI3228H, or SJE1905H.

    • A student wishing to propose an alternative course to fulfil one of the LLE course requirements will be required to obtain the approval of the LLE program coordinator and either their faculty advisor or thesis supervisor.

  • Comprehensive examination.

  • A thesis embodying the results of an original investigation, and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the content and implications of the thesis.

  • Students are responsible for meeting deadlines to complete their course requirements, thesis committee formation, comprehensive examination, and thesis ethical review.

  • Students must register continuously until all degree requirements have been fulfilled. They must register full-time during the first four years and may continue as part-time thereafter, with their department's approval.

  • Students cannot transfer between the full-time and flexible-time PhD options.

Program Length

7 years

Time Limit

8 years