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Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas

The Child Language Doctoral Program (CLDP) is moving in new directions!

The Child Language Doctoral Program’s long-standing interdisciplinary doctoral program has a legacy of preparing researchers in child language and language impairments in a way that bridges knowledge of language acquisition, children’s language impairments, developmental psychology, and linguistics.

The programme is broadening its scope to include genetics and quantitative modeling methods. It continues our strong emphasis on:

  • Empirical methods and theoretical frameworks
  • Accurate description and documentation of children’s language acquisition
  • Identification of symptoms of impairments

The program believe these are essential for accurate phenotyping of individuals in genetics studies.

The Child Language Doctoral Program is adding courses in genetics intended to bridge expertise in behavioral phenotyping with expertise in molecular genetics. They welcome students with a background in either behavioral phenotyping/language acquisition or molecular genetics.

The Porgram is adding a new series of courses on multivariate modeling methods tailored to the research designs used in studies of language acquisition and language impairments.

 Child Language Doctoral Program

Child Language Graduate Program

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 and language impairments in children. The content perspective is broad, encompassing possible genetic influences along the pathways to language acquisition and language impairments, theories of language, empirical methods of describing language and symptoms of language impairments, social and environmental influences, and the identification and remediation of atypical patterns of language acquisition.

Degrees offered:
Ph.D.
Masters

Admission

Applying for Admission

 Child Language Doctoral ProgramThe University of Kansas offers a specialized Ph.D. in Child Language focusing on the interdisciplinary academic preparation and research training of child-language specialists.

You may apply online. Applications for admission in the fall semester should be received by January 15.

Apply online

The following application materials are required:

  • your signed, dated and completed application form, if you use a paper form. However, we encourage you to apply online.
  • one official transcript from each college or university you have attended. Transcripts must come in a sealed envelope directly from the institution.
  • the non-refundable application fee in the form of a money order payable to the University of Kansas. If you apply online, the fee will be collected through that web site.
  • Domestic student – paper application: $55.00
  • International student – paper application: $60.00
  • Domestic student – online application: $45.00
  • International student – online application: $55.00
  • 3 letters of recommendation(PDF)
  • a list of all courses taken in relevant areas such as child development, linguistics, psychology, special education, and speech and hearing sciences
  • scores from the Graduate Record Examination
  • scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language if your first language is not English
  • a curriculum vita
  • a personal statement describing the applicant’s interests in studying child language and professional goals

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with course work in linguistics, psychology, speech pathology, and statistics
  • Undergraduate GPA of B or better
  • Preference is given to students with a master’s degree in linguistics, psychology, education, special education, or speech and hearing sciences

 

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