Language and Literacy prepares students to understand and conduct research on various dimensions of literacy, linguistic and cultural diversity, especially as they relate to the acquisition, use, teaching, and learning of languages, multiliteracies (multiple meaning-making systems, including print, visual, oral, audiovisual, and gestural texts), and new literacies and digital media . This program is open to applicants from a broad array of regions/countries, It will be of interest to prospective educators and researchers in the areas of literacy, English as an additional language (EAL) or second language (ESL), bilingual education, teaching and learning French as first and second language and other languages, including Aboriginal languages, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, German.
Program Information for Current Students
Please visit the University Calendar to see full program requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
In addition to the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Graduate Programs in Education requires that students be available on campus for the first two years of their program.
a) Educational Research 700A and 700B;
b) Additional 9 units of 600 or 700-level thesis-based courses in research methods (excluding EDER 707, 708, 709, 710, 711 and 712);
c) Additional graduate courses or seminars as required by the student's specialization (see below) and any additional courses as determined by the supervisor in consultation with the student.
Courses may be selected from any 600 or 700-level Educational Research courses.
- Language and Literacy requires 9 units, 3 units of which must focus on Language and Literacy at the 700-level.
You can view current Graduate Programs in Education course schedules by visiting the PhD homepage.
Graduate courses from other departments, faculties, or universities may be taken to partially fulfill your degree requirements. Approval from your supervisor and the unit in question are required to take these courses. Please ensure that your Graduate Program Administrator in Graduate Programs in Education receives written confirmation of these approvals.
Expected completion time for full-time students is four years with a maximum completion time of six years.
A supervisor is normally appointed at the time of admission.
Doctoral Procedures Checklist
At the beginning of program:
- Register for an eID to access myUCalgary. Keep your eID and password confidential.
- Accept your Offer of Admission in the online Student Centre.
- Activate your UCalgary IT computing account that comes with a UofC email. We strongly encourage you to use this email while in program.
- Before you start utilizing your UofC email, update your email address in the online Student Centre.
- Confirm your current e-mail address to your Graduate Program Administrator (see your Admission Letter for contact information). Please include your full name, UCID number, program, and specialization.
- Attend one of the scheduled Virtual Welcome Sessions for Graduate Programs: Education (GPE) students.
- Attend one of the scheduled Student Orientations to GPE Online Delivery Tools. We recommend this for students in on-campus programs, due to the fact that online tools may be utilized in on-campus courses.
- Connect with your supervisor to plan your program.
- Initialize your registration.
- Register for courses.
- Check with FGS, Research Services and SSHRC for possible research funding.
Within 12 months:
- Confirm the number of courses required for program completion with the supervisor.
- Submit the online Annual Progress Report form through student centre, approved by supervisor, and Graduate Program Director of GPE or designate.
Every 12 Months:
- Complete registration initialization.
Within 15 months:
- Consult with supervisor regarding the appointment of the supervisory committee. Complete the Appointment of Supervisory Committee form.
Within 28 months:
- Request candidacy examination guidelines.
- Complete all course work prior to the candidacy examination.
- Submit a research proposal to the supervisory committee. If acceptable, this proposal is signed by the members of the supervisory committee and placed in the student's file.
- Complete candidacy requirements and examination.
Within 4 to 6 years:
- Have ethics application approved before collection of data.
- Complete thesis and final oral examination.
- Submit two unbound copies of the thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Thesis Clearance form.
- Submit an Application for Degree through your Student Centre.
- Attend convocation and celebrate.
There are various forms related to a student’s progress through their graduate degree. Please refer to the forms for detailed instructions on their proper completion. Students who have any questions or concerns should contact their Graduate Program Administrator. Required forms are available in the GPE office and some can be accessed by downloading them from Faculty of Graduate Studies.