Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Language and Literacy Education
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Education
 

Overview

Doctoral students focus on critical and contemporary issues at the intersections of literacy learning and cultural and societal transformation. Students in our programs are teachers and other professional educators who engage in courses, conversations and research addressing a broad range of issues and contexts – in and out of schools, nationally and internationally, and across the lifespan.

Students will gain expertise in topics such as identity and literacy, cultural literacy practices, Indigenous literacies, family literacy, literature and new media, digital literacies, poetry, literacy in developing contexts, literacy development across the lifespan, educational linguistics, discourse and multimodal analysis, critical perspectives on children's and young adult literature, EAL (English as an additional language) literacy, assessment, teacher education and creative/arts-based approaches to literacy learning.

Students in our program engage with critical societal issues that impact these topics, such as equity and inclusion, immigration and globalization, gender, youth culture, relationships among communities and educational institutions, and public policy.

 

Requirements

Document Requirements

1) a sample of work demonstrating an ability to undertake research and scholarly writing
2) CV or resume outlining work experience and academic history
3) a well-written 500 word (maximum) Statement of Intent
4) letters of support of three referees
5) if admitted, all official transcripts and degree certificates from all post-secondary institutions attended outside UBC

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

92
22
22
22
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Prior degree requirements

a Master’s degree with high standing in a relevant educational discipline

Other Requirements

at least two years of successful teaching experience or equivalent

Career Outcomes

14 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 0 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 13 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
Brock University
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
University of Victoria
Shippensburg University
Pusan National University
University of Glasgow
University of British Columbia
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
BC School District (2)
Parissa
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Theatre Teacher
Writer / Editor
District Principal of Inclusive Education
Creative Mentor
Director
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Lucía Terra

Job Title
Owner
Employer
Terra Solutions: Language and Communication Services

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications3012331631
Offers126101116
New registrations76878
Total enrolment5248464742

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 85.71% based on 14 students admitted between 2004 - 2007. Based on 14 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 3.33 years and the maximum time is 8.33 years with an average of 5.68 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Anderson, Jim (Children and youth, cross-cultural education, early childhood, languages and literary education, linguistic minorities education, literacy, sociological issues, writing and reading )
  • Asselin, Marlene (Children's literature,language and literacy education, school and community libraries)
  • Belliveau, George (Theatre, Arts-based research)
  • Bournot-Trites, Monique (Bilingualism, French immersion, Assessment, Intercultural communication, Reading)
  • Bryson, Mary (technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education)
  • Dobson, Teresa (Curriculum studies, digital culture, media, technology)
  • Duff, Patricia (applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, multilingualism and work, sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of languages in education, Adolescent issues, adult education issues, English and French as second languages, international perspecives)
  • Early, Margaret (Adolescent issues, English as a second Language, language education, literacy, teacher research)
  • Galla, Candace (what types of technology initiatives (low-, mid-, or high) Indigenous language communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language)
  • Gunderson, Lee Paul (ESL, multiculturalism )
  • Hare, Jan (Aboriginal youth mobility, Aboriginal family and community perspectives on early literacy, literature, identity construction and urban Aboriginal youth, Cultural studies, early childhood, first nations education)
  • Kendrick, Maureen (literacy, digital literacy, Children and youth, ESL, international perspectives)
  • Kubota, Ryuko (language education, multicultural education, culture and language, race and language teaching, language ideologies, critical applied linguistics)
  • Leggo, Carl (teaching poetry, teaching writing, creativity, grammar)
  • Norton, Bonny (education, ESL, international perspectives, literacy, teacher research)
  • Rogers, Theresa (Education, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies)
  • Shi, Ling (ESL, language education, writing and reading)
  • Talmy, Steven (K-12 ESL research)
  • Tierney, Robert (Education, Literacy education, Educational assessment, Learning technologies, Teacher education, Asia/Pacific, cross-cultural education, media, technology)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Tomoyo Otani
    "Dr. Otani studied a Japanese university's writing centre, and examined how it was established and how it used imported pedagogical ideas in tutoring sessions. Her study connected the mechanism of policy borrowing to internationalization, revealing conflicts with local disciplinary practices and learning needs for Japanese and English academic writing." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Abby Ryann Wener
    "Dr. Wener examined her experiences as a facilitator at a creative writing organization for 'at-risk' young women. Using poetic inquiry, her findings reveal a need to get rid of the notions of 'fixing' and 'reforming' and speak to the problematic 'at-risk' label. This work sheds light on how poetry can be used to expand and work to change stigmas, policy, and pedagogy." (November 2017)
  • Dr. Ai Mizuta
    "Dr. Mizuta examined the shaping of Chinese as a heritage language in Canada. She analyzed the struggles Chinese Canadian parents faced to raise their children to be bilingual in English and Chinese. Her study revealed the structural problems of Canadian society, which has failed to embrace the multilingual skills of immigrant children." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Sara Schroeter
    "Dr. Schroeter studied the discourses of difference of students in a Francophone minority language school. She found that multiracial youth monitor talk about race, nation, class, and gender through uses of humour and denial in liminal (e.g. drama) and formal spaces. This research highlights the necessity for anti-racist and decolonizing pedagogies." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Genevieve Brisson
    "Dr. Brisson explored identity among plurilingual students in a Francophone school in BC. Her research highlights factors preventing the expression of some linguistic and cultural identities as legitimate and supports current views of identity as dynamic. This work will have important implications for plurilingual learners in regular classrooms." (May 2017)

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