Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy, Language & Culture
Clemson University

Program Details

Clemson’s Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy, Language & Culture develops scholars, researchers, and educational leaders. This online reading and literacy doctoral degree follows the tenet that literacy skills lead to success in school and the workplace.

Dedicated faculty immerse students in a culture of intellectual curiosity. The goal emphasizes developing the next generation of educators for transformative and innovative practices in schools and communities. Graduates acquire a deep and critical knowledge of theoretical perspectives and diverse research methodologies. 

Reading and literacy participants can select a focus area from such subjects as:

  • Language and diversity
  • Digital and disciplinary literacies
  • Literacy leadership
  • Early literacy

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Clemson University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires a minimum of three years of teaching experience or equivalent