Reading Education & Language Arts


The Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Education/Language Arts program focuses on current issues in teaching and learning in literacy education through research. Our faculty engage in nationally recognized research that has the potential to improve the educational outcomes of our nation’s children. In addition, they make their research accessible and understandable to both practitioners and policymakers.

Our graduates go on to become reading specialists, teachers, curriculum designers, and more. As you complete the program, you will enjoy mentorship from faculty members and an expansive curriculum. Small class sizes encourage active participation and one-on-one attention from professors.

This research-intensive doctoral program welcomes students who desire high-quality training in literacy education. The program places an emphasis on theory, rigorous research methods, and applied research.

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): –  FSU Institution Code: 5219.

Ph.D. Applicant Target Scores:
Verbal – 151+
Quantitative – 145+
Writing – 3+

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

  • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5) and MELAB (minimum 77).
  • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

  • Statement of purpose – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals (at least two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One page resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class, or one that was published.

Application Deadlines

Fall: December 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1


Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

Program graduates are prepared to become university professors, researchers and leaders in the field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for teachers is expected to grow 7.4%  through 2026, which equates to approximately 112,800 new jobs. The job outlook for instructional leaders/coordinators is expected to grow up to 10.5% through 2026. That translates into over 17,000 new jobs nationwide. The median national annual salary range for instructional leaders/coordinators is $64,450 per year.  For university or college professors, the Bureau predicts a 10.3% increase in jobs by 2026, totaling 6,600 new jobs. The median national salary is $64,780 per year.

A career in reading education & language arts can be very rewarding, and a typical path offers ample opportunities for professional development and growth. Educators make a difference in the lifelong learning experience of their students, as well as, the quality and standards of the programs they teach.

Our Faculty

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