Learn to design and lead literacy initiatives for the 21st-century classroom with Walden’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership (Non-Licensure) program.

In this post-master’s, non-licensure program, you will gain the theoretical background to create effective literacy programs across age groups and settings. You will also explore leadership strategies to foster environments that support professional development, collaboration, and creativity. Examine the changing landscape of literacy and the latest research and instructional approaches. Strengthen your leadership skills as you learn to manage resources, mentor colleagues, and use data and assessment tools to create new initiatives and improve existing programs.

An Education Specialist degree, sometimes referred to as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.), is ideal for educators who want to remain working in the field but who would like to increase their influence and impact on their learning communities.

Find information about Walden programs and licensure requirements specific to your state.


Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

Sign Up for a Free Information Packet
  • Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness Webinar

    Join Walden and EdWeek.org for a free on-demand webinar.

    Watch Now

  • “The research I’ve conducted while a student at Walden has made me a better teacher, leader, and mentor. Walden is an awesome educational institution that caters to those who may have full-time careers and families.”

    Kimberly Handy
    Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership

  • Curriculum

  • Tuition and Fees

  • Highlights

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Learn More

Completion Requirements

  • 36 total semester credits

This program can be completed in as little as 2 years. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement.

Find out more about the Ed.S. in Reading and Literacy Leadership now.  Request Information

Next State Date is September 2.  Apply Now

Curriculum Component Requirements  Cost  Total* 
Tuition 36 total semester credit hours  $850 per semester hour $25,500
Books and Materials Estimated costs Included in tuition $0
Capstone Fee Per course $1,000 $1,000
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $960
    Total $27,460

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Call 1-866-492-5336 for information about a full range of options for:

No Application Fee - Applying has never been easier.

At Walden, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Ed.S. in Reading and Literacy Leadeship program:

“The research I’ve conducted while a student at Walden has made me a better teacher, leader, and mentor. Walden is an awesome educational institution that caters to those who may have full-time careers and families.”

Kimberly Handy
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Examine the components of literacy in the 21st century, including influences from the sociopolitical landscape, social media, technological innovations, and Common Core standards.
  2. Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a plan to gain stakeholder support for improvement of literacy programming at the systematic level, drawing on professional standards as well as leadership and change theories.
  4. Critically evaluate existing research studies in the area of reading and literacy.
  5. Examine the challenges diverse learners face and the systems that enable these learners to achieve literacy success.
  6. Describe various literacy assessments used at national, state, and local levels, including their value and how to use that information in literacy program decision-making.
  7. Recommend a literacy environment that enhances student learning and supports professional development for teachers.
  8. Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.