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.

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  • “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

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