Doctoral Degree: Language, Literacy and Culture Concentration

The Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC) community brings together faculty and students with interests in the areas of first and second language acquisition, ESL, bilingual and world language education, reading, writing, children’s literature, multicultural education, multiliteracies, oral communication, information processing, critical thinking, media literacy, multimodality, creativity/innovation, global awareness, cultural competency, problem-solving, teamwork/collaboration, self-directed learning and leadership. We strive to create a dynamic synergy among these areas in order to better address the needs of all learners in a diverse society.

The LLC community seeks students committed to researching language, literacy and culture as negotiating participation in communities, expressing and developing social identities, and the study of ideologies and power relations to transform schools, communities, and the broader society.

The LLC community promotes adopting a scholarly engagement approach to research; a teacher-as-researcher stance to professional development; a critical and functional view of language and language learning; and a recursive focus on issues concerning social justice and the institutional and political contexts influencing public education.

Highlights

The LLC Practitioner Program is nationally recognized by National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Educators (NCATE), Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the International Association of Reading (IRA). 

Additionally, LLC faculty have formed the ACCELA Alliance (Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition), an award-winning, federal and state-funded professional development collaboration among UMass Amherst, the Springfield, Holyoke and Amherst, Mass., public school districts, and several community organizations in western Massachusetts. ACCELA supports academic literacy development of linguistically and culturally diverse students attending public schools by providing their teachers with data-driven professional development opportunities.

Program of Study

Credits Required: 54 credits

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Required Courses in Language, Literacy, and Culture

12

EDUC 734

Understanding Research in Language, Literacy, and Culture

3

EDUC 792M

Seminar on Language

3

EDUC 793P

Seminar on Literacy

3

EDUC 892P

Seminar in Multicultural Education

3

Courses for Language Specialization: choose 2 or equivalent in consultation with advisor

6

EDUC 615L

Seminar on Cross-Cultural Communication

3

EDUC 615S

Language and Literacy Policy

3

EDUC 749

Seminar on Multilingualism & Society

3

Courses for Literacy Specialization: choose 2 or equivalent in consultation with advisor

6

EDUC 709

Seminar on Reading

3

EDUC 767

Researching New Literacies

3

EDUC 797T

Seminar in Writing

3

Courses for Culture Specialization: choose 2 or equivalent in consultation with advisor

6

EDUC 791G

Seminar in Children's Literature: Critical Multicultural Analysis

3

EDUC 791Z

Seminar on Teaching and Learning Across Contexts

3

Critically Reading, Designing, Conducting and Representing Research**

15

3 Qualitative Research Courses

9

EDUC 691D

Writing for Publication: Ethnographically Representing Research

3

EDUC 815

Researching Language, Literacy, and Culture in Education: Part I

3

EDUC 815

Researching Language, Literacy, and Culture in Education: Part II*

3

2 Quantitative Research Courses

6

Research Course Electives

3

EDUC 750

Apprenticing to Research in Language, Literacy, and Culture

3

EDUC 794D

Discourse Analysis

3

EDUC 795A

Critical Review of the Literature(s)

3

Dissertation Credits

18

Minimum Total Credits

54

Prerequisite, Concentration or Other Requirements:

* Prerequisite: EDUC 815 Part I

** Five required research courses in consultation with advisor

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Contact Information

Concentration Coordinator:  Maria José Botelho (Associate Professor)

Associated Faculty

Theresa Austin (Professor), Maria Jose Botelho (Associate Professor), Barbara Hruska (Lecturer), Denise K. Ives  (Associate Professor), Marie Christine Polizzi (Lecturer), K.C. Nat Turner (Associate Professor), and Laura Valdiviezo (Department Chair)