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The University of Kansas offers a specialized Ph.D. in Child Language focusing on the interdisciplinary academic preparation and research training of child-language specialists. The faculty represent a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of language acquisition, social and environmental influences on language acquisition, and the identification and remediation of atypical patterns of language acquisition.

Faculty of the Child Language Doctoral Program

Faculty are drawn from the departments of: LinguisticsPsychology, and Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders. Two internationally recognized scholars lead program activities: Mabel L. Rice is the Director and Lesa Hoffman is the Graduate Advisor.

Students Study Four Areas:

  • Core theoretical and experimental work on language acquisition
  • Relevant methods and theories in linguistics and psycholinguistics
  • Theoretical perspectives on developmental psychology
  • The nature of disordered language development and methods and techniques for language intervention

Degree Requirements

For the Ph. D. in Child Language, the student must complete all requirements of the Graduate School of the University of Kansas including residency and research skills. For students entering the program without a master's degree, the M. A. requirements include:

  • Core courses in language acquisition
  • Supplemental courses in linguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and/or language intervention
  • Courses in statistics
  • Continuous enrollment in the Child Language Proseminar
  • A research-based thesis and oral examination and defense of the thesis

Post-master's requirements include:

  • Additional core courses in language acquisition
  • Additional supplemental courses in linguistics, psycholinguistics, developmental psychology, and/or language intervention
  • Additional courses in statistics and methodology
  • Continuous enrollment in the Child Language Proseminar
  • A Written examination covering language acquisition, psycholinguisitics, developmental psychology, and disorders of language development and intervention
  • A comprehensive oral examination
  • A research-based dissertation and oral examination and defense of the thesis

Doctoral Program Profile

For statistics including acceptance rates, mean GRE scores, and number of years to degree (PDF).

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