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Washington State University
College of Education

Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT) – PhD Overview

Program Overview

The Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT) graduate program is valued by potential students, graduates, and institutions as rigorous, relevant, and innovative, offering superior quality professional preparation that produces exceptional and creative researchers and teachers with a focus on improving the lives of students, teachers, and schools. The Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Technology emphasizes the generation, application, and translation of research that will enhance the field of education through the exploration of language, literacy, and technology.


To engage learners with local and international research communities in order to understand and apply effective research-based language and literacy education practices enhanced by technology.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Ph.D. program in Language, Literacy, and Technology are as follows:

  1. To engage students in meaningful research around language learning and literacy practices incorporating technology innovation in content areas;
  2. To enable students to design and implement effective research-based language and literacy instruction that incorporates technology in either formal or informal settings;
  3. To provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to articulate how human and technological development, first and additional language acquisition, culture, community, and policy shape instructional literacy and language practices throughout our lives;
  4. To encourage students to advocate for all learners and their families by collaborating with schools, communities, and educational agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Ph.D. in the Language, Literacy, and Technology, students will be able to:

  1. Locate, analyze, and synthesize research literature, and apply this information to problems of practice.
  2. Communicate scholarly work through written, oral, and/or alternate formats.
  3. Apply their knowledge and skills to their professional contexts.
  4. Demonstrate scholarly habits of curiosity, inquiry, skepticism, and data-based decision making.
LLT Handbook

LLT Doctoral Handbook