Doctorate Degree

Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research degree granted on evidence that the candidate has been successfully enculturated into the community of scholars in a specific field and is capable of independent investigation that culminates in a dissertation presenting rigorous, original research.
It is the highest degree any university confers. Candidates who enter the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Reading and Literacy Education work with a faculty adviser to plan a program of study that reflects their interests and professional goals. The planned program must meet the requirements of the UF Graduate School, the College of Education, the School of Teaching and Learning, and Reading and Literacy Education.