What will I learn?

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) is a multidisciplinary program committed to:

  • The study of the social and political contexts of education.
  • Scholarly inquiry using qualitative, critical, and innovative research methodology.
  • Valuing differences of class, race, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age as sources of leadership and expertise.
  • Creating a community of educators devoted to social justice.

Areas of Focus:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Education Thought and Sociocultural Studies
  • Literacy/Language Arts
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)

Concentration Descriptions

Bilingual Education/TESOL

The Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) doctoral and masters degree programs offer specializations in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (TESOL). The program also offers teaching endorsements in Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language. Students are able to conduct research and study theory, pedagogy, and curriculum development in bilingualism and second language development. The program also encourages students to explore educational issues across cultures and linguistic groups, and to become knowledgeable about bilingual and English as a second language issues across the curriculum. Courses address the social, political, cultural, and linguistic contexts that affect language minority students, schools, and communities. Faculty in this program affirm and are committed to educational equity, cultural, and linguistic rights and social justice for language minority students, their families, and communities.

Educational Thought & Sociocultural Studies

The Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) doctoral and master’s degree programs offer a specialization in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies (ETSS). ETSS offers an interdisciplinary and broad educational approach to concepts and debates (historical and contemporary) in the social foundations of education. The primary focus in ETSS is on using critical theories of race, class, gender, and language to better understand educational phenomenon. The programs rich and varied curriculum consists of courses that range from traditional educational foundations (e.g., Education and Anthropology, History of Education, Sociology of Education) to emerging perspectives (e.g., Critical Race Theory, Feminist Epistemologies, Whiteness Studies) to qualitative research (e.g., Ethnographic and Qualitative Research).

Literacy and Language Arts

The Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) doctoral and masters degree programs offer a specialization in Literacy and Language Arts. Students in this area are able to conduct research and study theory, pedagogy, and curriculum development in literacy and language arts, pre-K through college. This includes courses in reading, writing, language arts, and related areas, in school and community settings. The program also encourages students to explore educational issues across cultures and linguistic groups. Students who complete the Ph.D. in this area often take positions in colleges and universities as teacher educators and researchers.

Social Studies

The Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) masters degree program is an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of social studies education by combining graduate work in LLSS and in history and the social sciences. Its purpose is to deepen the curricular and instructional competence of social studies teachers in settings that serve racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students and communities.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (72 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,235.00 per year
Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

College of Education

Technology and Education Center, MSC05 3040,

1 University of New Mexico,

ALBUQUERQUE,

New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

Application Deadlines December 1st

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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