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Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, EdD

Doctor of Education

A degree in literacy, culture, and language education (LCLE) prepares literacy and language practitioners for leadership positions in academic literacy, critical literacy, trans-literacy, local literacies, childrens and young adult literature, ESL/EFL education (and teacher education), world Englishes, and various world languages.

The IU Online Doctor of Education in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education features a holistic and integrative focus on preparing practitioner leaders in literacy and language to better understand and address 21st-century issues and challenges. You gain an understanding of language and literacy processes through the lens of cultural context. You learn how to assess student performance, and apply research knowledge to classroom experiences. The cohort structure encourages strong relationships and emphasizes collaboration.

Your IU Online EdD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education prepares you for such careers as:

  • English teacher
  • ESL/EFL teacher
  • Literacy program director
  • Language education specialist
  • Reading specialist
  • Instructional materials writer
  • Instructional materials editor

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the EdD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, you must complete 60 credit hours. It is possible to transfer up to 18 graduate credits taken outside of a previous master's degree, subject to approval by your faculty advisor. While the program does not require an internship or practicum, you will be required to participate in at least one conference led by the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education department. This conference will be held during the spring semester each year or every other year, and will be hosted on the Bloomington campus.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • LCLE core courses (27 credit hours) 
  • Inquiry courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Minor courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (6 credit hours) 
  • Dissertation courses (9 credit hours) 


  • L 599Master’s Thesis in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education: Early Inquiry Experience3 Credits
  • L 600Issues in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education 3 Credits
  • L 601Theoretical Issues in the Study of Language & Literacies3 Credits
  • L 650Internship in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education1-4 Credits
  • L 700Seminar on Literacy, Culture, and Language Education Research3 Credits
  • L 750Research Seminar in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education3 Credits
  • L 795Dissertation Proposal Preparation3 Credits
  • L 799Doctoral Thesis in Literacy, Culture and Language Education6 Credits
  • Y 520 -or- Y 521Strategies for Educational Inquiry -or- Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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