Apr 22, 2021
This program has temporarily suspended admission effective Fall 2021 and plans to reopen for admission in Fall 2022
The Reading Education track in the Education PhD program is designed to provide further education for those aspiring to work in the area of education at the post-secondary level (four-year college and/or research university) or as a lead teacher/resource teacher for a school district. The program assumes prior study in reading education.
The program provides for an area of advanced study in the field of reading and a concentration in a closely related field. The program includes a strong research base through the research core and specialization course work and an internship during which a candidate gains professorial experience.
Students are required to have the equivalent of the Master of Education in Reading degree, 21 hours of graduate reading education credit, prior to entering the program. In the event that a student does not have 21 hours of graduate reading education credit, the student can be admitted to the program, but will be required to complete the 21 hours in addition to the required program hours.
The Reading Education track in the Education PhD program requires a minimum of 78 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, 9 credit hours of electives, 3-6 credit hours of internship, and 24 credit hours of dissertation. All students must also complete the candidacy examination.
Total Credit Hours Required: 78 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Required Courses: 39 Credit Hours
Specialization: 15 Credit Hours
Elective Courses: 9 Credit Hours
Students choose a minimum of 9 credit hours of elective courses from a concentration in a related field, such as Communication Sciences and Disorders, Exceptional Student Education, TESOL, Language Arts Education, Children’s/Adolescent Literature.
Dissertation: 24 Credit Hours
Doctoral students must present a prospectus for the dissertation to the doctoral adviser, prepare a proposal and present to the dissertation committee, and defend the final research submission with the dissertation committee.
- RED 7980 - Dissertation Research 24 Credit Hours minimum
Internship: 3-6 Credit Hours
To enter candidacy for the PhD, students must have an overall 3.0 grade point average on all graduate work included in the planned program and pass all required examinations. Examinations will be scheduled by the student and major adviser. The associate dean for graduate studies and research must be notified of the date and location of the exam 30 days in advance. Students must be enrolled in the university during the semester an examination is taken.
The following are required to be admitted to candidacy and enroll in dissertation hours:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submission of an approved program of study.
All PhD candidates will be required to complete two examinations.
- Research in the Specialization—8-hour written examination.
- Specialization—3-hour oral examination.
The dissertations fulfills the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- A master’s degree in a related field of study, including one Graduate Curriculum course, and master’s level competency in educational research and statistics.
- A minimum of 21 credit hours of graduate reading education courses.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement.
- Writing sample.
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.