Transform student learning—and your career. Earn an EdS designed to help you lead meaningful improvements in reading, communication, and literacy.
Next Start Dates
Courses with a set schedule
January 09, 2023
Up to 22 Credits
In student learning, literacy is a powerful driving force. Become the change leader your school, district, and community needs with an Education Specialist (EdS) in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure) degree from Walden.
This program is designed to help educators gain the expertise and leadership skills they need to positively impact reading outcomes across age groups and settings. This non-licensure program is ideal for K–12 teachers, reading and curriculum specialists, literacy coaches, and department chairs who are passionate about enhancing student success.
Advance Your Expertise
Develop valuable skills in implementing best practices in reading, literacy, curriculum design, instruction, and assessment.
Build Your Confidence
Work with a school or organization to identify a literacy challenge, make recommendations, and create an action plan.
Expand Your Options
Build key research and leadership skills that will serve you both professionally and academically as you progress in your career.
- 45 quarter credits
Education Specialist candidates should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in a formal learning environment.
View the COMPLETE CURRICULUM PLAN.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 844-768-0539.
|Tuition||45 quarter credit hours||$630 per quarter hour||$28,350|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$165||$1,485|
Effective February 27, 2023
|Tuition||45 quarter credit hours||$640 per quarter hour||$28,800|
|Technology Fee||Per quarter||$170||$1,530|
*This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included.
Paying for Your Education
Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.
Program Learning Outcomes
All EdS graduates will be prepared to:
- Apply discipline-specific knowledge to address issues in educational settings.
- Apply evidence-based practices to address a problem within the academic and/or work environment and propose a solution.
- Communicate information to a variety of stakeholders using oral and written formats.
- Practice ethically as a professional in the field of education.
- Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to promote continuous improvement in educational settings.
- Advocate for social change to make a positive impact in educational settings.
Specialization Learning Outcomes
In addition to the shared EdS learning outcomes above, Reading, Literacy, and Assessment Technology graduates 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.
- Establish a plan to gain stakeholder support for improvement of curriculum and literacy programming at the systems level by drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards.
- Explain 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.
- Utilize information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels to assess literacy curriculum.
- Demonstrate the ability to create 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 a scholarly response to address a reading, literacy, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.
Enhance Student Learning in the 21st-Century Classroom
Drive achievement across all age groups and settings with a non-licensure EdS in reading and literacy from Walden. During this program, you’ll gain key skills and strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes, including classroom instruction, program design, policy implementation, and critical thinking. You’ll also explore innovative assessment techniques—a critical aspect of creating reading and literacy programs capable of making a lasting impact.
Now more than ever, literacy is essential to students’ lifelong learning and success. Lead the way—learn effective leadership practices, data analysis, and assessment strategies with an EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment from Walden.
An EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment can position you as an innovator within your school, district, or organization, and potentially open the door to new career opportunities. Earn a respected academic credential in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education—and transfer seamlessly into a doctorate program later if you choose to.
An EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment can position you to pursue career options such as:1
- Curriculum developer
- Instructional coordinator
- Academic coach
- Literacy coach
An EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment can position you to work in settings such as:
- Elementary schools
- Secondary schools
- School districts
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Walden’s Riley College of Education and Leadership has nearly
I've used my degrees as a teacher, literacy coach and specialist, literacy consultant, and author. My two degrees from Walden have armed me with information I can share with people in all walks of life.
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1Source: Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insight™. Industry Analysis, active selections "nationwide" and “last 12 months” and “Industry: educational services” and “keywords: literacy” and “education: master’s.” Retrieved February 2020.
2Source: Walden University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA), as of July 30, 2019.
Note on Educator Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.