The Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) area of concentration in the EdD program is designed for students who have earned master’s degrees in English, foreign language education or TESOL, literacy, social studies, or early childhood education. Applicants to LLC want to deepen their specialized knowledge in those areas while also developing perspectives related to the interconnection of language, literacy, and culture and its relevance to students and teachers in various settings and cultural contexts.
Candidates take courses that provide opportunities for them to engage in thoughtful and critical analysis of the work of influential theorists and researchers focusing on questions such as:
- How are dimensions of language, literacy, and culture deeply rooted in broader educational, social, and political contexts?
- How do theories shape the choice of research questions and methodologies and provide frameworks for analyzing data by scholar-practitioners who conduct research in language, literacy, and culture?
Candidates in the EdD program with a concentration in Language, Literacy, and Culture aspire to positions of leadership in K-12 schools, such as district curriculum supervisor, and institutions of higher learning, such as faculty member at a teaching-focused university or college.