Are you looking to take the next step in Reading Education? In Auburn’s Ph.D. in Reading Education program, you’ll become a literacy expert. As a doctoral student in Auburn’s Reading Education program, you’ll work closely with faculty who are committed to your success.

You’ll gain skills in both quantitative and qualitative research. You’ll combine your expertise in literacy and research by creating a doctoral dissertation that advances knowledge in the field. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to work in a variety of areas in reading education. Our graduates work in many different settings:

  • College or University Faculty

  • State Reading Initiative Development and Implementation

  • School, Regional, State Reading Education Leaders

  • School System Reading Specialists

  • Current and Future Teacher Training

  • And More!

Ph.D. programs are not part of the Auburn University approved Educator Preparation Programs. The state of Alabama does not have certification/license at this level and therefore this degree is not eligible for reciprocity in other states.

Degree Overview

The Ph.D. degree leads to recommendation for Class AA Alabama professional educator certification.

Coursework — 80 hours minimum

  • Reading education coursework — 27 hours

    • Includes internship — 6 hours

  • Advisor-approved courses* — 43 hours

  • Exact programs of study are developed with your chair and faculty committee.

  • Masters or other graduate work may count toward total degree hours

*RSED 6000/6006 Advanced Survey of Exceptionality is required if a survey of special education course was not previously completed.

Research — 10 hours minimum

  • Work with major professor to choose research topic

  • Complete 10 hours of research and dissertation

View all degree requirements

Ready to join the Auburn Family?

Visit Auburn’s Graduate School homepage for checklists, resources, valuable graduate student information and to begin your application. Please contact department faculty listed above with program-specific questions.

Last updated: 11/13/2023