The Reading, Literacy, Assessment, and Evaluation specialization is a research-oriented program of study designed for educators who wish to gain expertise in best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment.
In this PhD in Education specialization, you will develop literacy-related research projects and critique significant research that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across the educational system, including classroom instruction, program design, policy implementation, and critical thinking. Explore sociopolitical, cultural, and economic influences on literacy, curriculum, and assessment; the role of literature in promoting cross-cultural understanding in a student-centered literacy curriculum; best practices in literacy; and program design and evaluation.
This specialization can benefit you as a classroom teacher, lead teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, department chair, or curriculum specialist if you want to gain a deeper understanding of reading and literacy practices and evaluation methods. Also offered in this program are research methods courses that will help you grow as a researcher-practitioner.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:
- Interpret 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.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate with stakeholders to gain their support for improvement of curriculum and literacy programs at the systems level.
- Address challenges faced in teaching and learning literacy curriculum across content areas.
- Assess literacy curricula and programs utilizing data about students and literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels.
- Create literacy programs that enhance student learning and support professional development for teachers.
- Integrate concepts of positive social change in literacy curricula and programs.
- Evaluate literacy research.
- Practice ethically in the profession.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct research that positively impacts social change.
Minimum Completion Requirements
- 86 quarter credits
- Foundations courses (5 cr.)
- Specialized courses (30 cr.)
- Doctoral support courses (11 cr.)
- Research courses (20 cr.)
- Doctoral capstone (minimum 20 cr.)
- Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
- Four PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units
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, 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 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.
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.