Applying to the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies with a Concentration in Literacy, Language, and Culture

10 reasons to select the concentration in Literacy, Language, and Culture

We have a world-renowned faculty in language and literacy, with expertise from birth through adolescence as well as in preservice and inservice teacher education.

We have particular expertise in the area of disciplinary literacy and in addressing the needs of students in high-poverty and multilingual settings.

All or nearly all LLC students have the opportunity to engage in research assistantships during their programs.

There are also opportunities to work on research projects on hourly and volunteer bases.

All LLC students serve as apprentices in undergraduate and/or masters-level teaching.

Increasingly, students have the opportunity to serve as course instructors in undergraduate or masters courses.

Faculty are in the process of reviewing all (four) required LLC doctoral courses to ensure that they provide the best possible grounding in the field.

There are also elective courses in language and literacy available that take on pressing issues in the field.

In addition to interactions during courses and assistantships, faculty and students will interact at least monthly though a colloquium series that will include formal presentations as well as discussions of a wide variety of topics related to the field and professional socialization.

All LLC faculty have a strong interest in the preparation of future leaders in language and literacy education, making this a high priority in their day-to-day activities.

This program, like all of the School of Education's graduate programs, is administered through the University of Michigan's Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies(Rackham) (as are most non-professional graduate degrees at the university). Rackham offers a host of resources and administrative support to help see you through from submitting your application to completion of your degree. We encourage you to follow these steps to begin the application process.

Register as a prospective student and obtain a UMID (University of Michigan ID) number. Having a UMID number will aid in the processing of your application. 

Attend a prospective student event or schedule a visit.

Complete the Rackham online application. Review the application checklist to ensure your submit a complete application. Please note the academic statement of purpose, personal statement of purpose, resume, and letters of recommendation must be submitted using the online application system. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Submit your GRE scores. Test scores must be sent electronically to Rackham Graduate School (institution code: 1839) through Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Transcripts. Upload official transcripts for all bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degrees, that you have earned or are in the process of earning, to your ApplyWeb application. (Do not upload academic records printed from your school’s website or student portal.) Additionally, if you have earned or are earning a degree from a non-U.S. institution, request that the institution submit official transcripts to the Rackham Graduate School. Instructions for submitting official transcripts can be found here:

Students who have studied in a country outside of the U.S. should review the required credentials from non-U.S. institutions.

Check your application status. Use the Wolverine Access system to verify your application information, check the status of your application, and update your email address, home address, and telephone number.


It is imperative that students interested in admission to programs in the School of Education meet all deadlines for submitting applications and relevant materials. Deadlines may differ slightly for different programs. Deadlines can be found on our application deadlines page.

If you have questions, please review the School of Education frequently asked questions or contact the Office of Student Affairs.

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