Students in the Language, Literacy, & Culture (LLC) doctoral program undertake research that transforms schools, communities, and the broader society. They study ideologies and power relations; the ways in which language, literacy, and culture affect how individuals negotiate participation in their communities; and how people express and develop social identities. Their coursework includes foundational courses in language, literacy, and culture; a specialization in one of these areas; and extensive research methodology.

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). 

Note: The education specialist degree (EdS) is an option for students who would like to pursue an advanced degree beyond a master's without the dissertation component of the doctorate.