Reading, Literacy, and Assessment

Literacy is a driving force in effecting positive student learning and broader social change. The Reading, Literacy, and Assessment specialization is for educators who wish to influence growth in reading and literacy and gain expertise in the latest research and best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.

In this EdD specialization, you will develop skills and strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across the educational spectrum, including classroom instruction, program design, and policy implementation. Explore sociopolitical, cultural, and economic influences on literacy, curriculum, assessment, and instruction for diverse learners; changing definitions of literacy; best practices in literacy; and program design and evaluation. This specialization is designed for classroom teachers, lead teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, department chairs, curriculum specialists, and any instructor who wants a deeper understanding of reading and literacy practices.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 79 quarter credits*
  • 1 face-to-face residency
  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)

To satisfy these completion requirements, you must have access to a group of students in a formal learning environment.

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Analyze the components of reading curriculum in the 21st century including influences from the sociopolitical landscape, social media, technological innovations, family and community involvement, and influences from applicable education standards.
  • Improve literacy curriculum and programming with stakeholder support at the systems level by drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards.
  • Analyze the challenges faced in improving teaching and learning in literacy curriculum across all content areas, including prior student learning, language, culture, family, and community values.
  • Evaluate literacy curriculum based on information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Develop literacy programs that enhance student learning and support professional development for teachers.
  • Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.
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Compare Walden’s Doctoral Education Programs

Walden offers both an EdD and PhD in Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy to meet your career goals. View the chart to help you determine which program is right for you.

Course Sequence

Year Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Year 1 Quarter 1 Course Code EDDD 8002
or
EDDD 8006
Course Leading the Future of Education

Leading the Future of Education
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8060 Course Issues and Trends in Reading and Literacy Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 2 Course Code EDDD 8101 Course Learner-Centered Curriculum Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 3 Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 3 Course Code EDDD 8113 Course Tools for Doctoral Research Success Credits (3 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 4 Course Code EDDD 8102 Course Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners Credits (5 cr.)
Year 1 Quarter 4 Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8061 Course Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Effective Literacy Programs Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 5 Course Code EDDD 8062 Course Collaborative Approach to Literacy Across the Content Areas Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 6 Course Code RSCH 8310 Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 6 Course Code EDDD 8114 Course Demystifying Doctoral writing for Research Credits (3 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 7 Course Code EDDD 8106 Course Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement Credits (5 cr.)
Year 2 Quarter 7 Course Code EDDD 8910 Course Completing the Prospectus Credits (3 cr.)
Year 3 Quarter 8 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 9 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 10 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year 3 Quarter 11 Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 4 - 8† Quarter Course Code EDDD 8990 Course Completing the Doctoral Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)

*Research companion course to be taken in conjunction with other course in the term.

You will be registered for two courses every 11 weeks, following the completion of your Foundation course. Students who wish to reduce their course load during one or more terms should contact their academic advisor.

Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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