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Advance Student Achievement With an EdS in Reading and Literacy

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 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.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on June 28, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 45 quarter credits

Education Specialist candidates should have current and consistent direct access to a group of students in a formal learning environment.

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.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

Choose either EDSD 7002 or 7006 (6-week version)

EDSD 7002

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7006

Leading the Future of Education

As an advanced graduate student, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life. This practical course provides meaningful skills you will need to select your path, complete your degree, and become a successful leader of educational change in the 21st century. Networking and research skills, scholarly writing, critical thinking, use of Walden resources, and the three advanced graduate paths (e.g., PhD, EdD, EdS)—this course addresses all of these in a manner that provides a solid foundation of skill sets upon which to base your journey. You will find a balance of assignments (e.g., case studies, discussions, application assignments) that will ignite your passion for learning, allow you to collaborate with others, and guide your current and future work. This course is designed to reflect Walden's social change mission and provide you with meaningful tools for success as an advanced graduate student.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7060

Issues and Trends in Reading and Literacy

Literacy may be understood in multiple ways across various settings and populations. In this course, a foundation will be laid for educators to define literacy based on historical and contemporary perspectives, the sociopolitical landscape, the influence of social media and technological innovation, and influences coming from national, state, local, and Common Core standards. Educators will examine ways to overcome barriers to student literacy learning and develop techniques to improve communication and increase community and family involvement. Based on what they learn in this course and drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards, education professionals will develop a plan to gain stakeholder support for the improvement of curriculum and literacy programming at the systems level.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7101

Learner-Centered Curriculum

Designing curricula with rigor, relevance, and results requires broad understanding of the key concepts behind each of these attributes and a clear focus on how best to maximize the learning and potential of PreK–12 learners. In this course, education professionals examine what it means to design a learner-centered curriculum that enhances student engagement and involvement, provides a transformative experience for students, and creates conditions that facilitate deep learning. Education professionals examine the alignment of content standards and design models as well as the role of collaboration and community building, power sharing to foster learner autonomy, problem solving, material that is socially relevant, and ongoing assessment to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. Authentic case-study scenarios provide opportunities for educators to see curriculum design in practice, use existing data to redesign and adapt curriculum, and create learning spaces that accommodate multiple learning needs.

(5 cr.)
RSCH 7110

Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Students in this research course are provided with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing, and designing research at the doctoral level. Students explore the philosophy of science, the importance of theory in research, and research processes. The course also introduces students to the quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs and methods. Students devote special attention to understanding the ethical and social change implications of conducting research and engaging in scholarship. They apply their knowledge and skills by developing elements of simple research plans for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7102

Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners

Student diversity comes in many different forms (e.g., linguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, academic, emotional, aesthetic), and effective educators have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to value the richness this diversity brings and enhance learning in their education setting. By applying strategies and evaluating programs and initiatives to meet the diverse needs of all learners, educators can demonstrate an awareness of students' prior learning, language, culture, family, and community values to improve teaching and learning. Through real-world scenarios and applications, educators will assess strategies for promoting equitable access to high-quality learning experiences while recognizing their own personal beliefs and biases. Education professionals will also explore current and effective practices for working with diverse learners and providing productive learning environments for all students. Through the use of appropriate materials and technologies, educators will evaluate curriculum, instruction, and assessment, promoting learning for all students. 

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7061

Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Effective Literacy Programs

Designing literacy programs that effectively promote and support high levels of literacy proficiency requires the use of data that accurately describe the status of student, teacher, and school performance. Education professionals in this course can examine a variety of assessment tools for addressing individual and classroom needs while meeting district and state mandates. Topics include data analysis for tiered intervention decision making and the interpretation of data to drive recommendations at a systemic level. Educators will develop skills to facilitate collaboration and stakeholder inclusion.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7062

A Collaborative Approach to Literacy Across the Content Areas

Making academic content accessible and comprehensible for all learners requires specific strategies PreK–12 teachers need to know and be able to demonstrate. By focusing on academic language, content acquisition, and the appropriate use of technology, education professionals add to their repertoire of strategies to meet content standards for all students, including those with diverse needs, learning styles, and abilities. Education professionals can plan ways to collaborate and share knowledge with other educators within their professional setting and review and evaluate research to inform effective practices. Through this course, educators also address ways to develop programs that integrate both content and literacy objectives to better enhance the development of all learners throughout the content areas. 

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7106

Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

Effective educational leaders must have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate programs and make data-driven decisions to promote continuous improvement for all learners. In this course, education professionals use available data points and tools to evaluate the design, implementation, and program outcomes to determine a program's impact on the learner, family, and community. The results of the program evaluation may lead educational professionals to develop action plans that include the development of community outreach programs, grants, legislation/policy reform, professional development plans, or technology solutions. Through this course, education professionals are helped to determine whether to recommend an improvement plan on an existing program or propose a new program or initiative.

(5 cr.)
EDSD 7900

EdS Capstone Project: Creating and Supporting Effective Educational Practices

Effective education leaders promote meaningful change for all students, foster the use of effective practices, and sustain long-term program viability in diverse educational settings. Throughout the program course sequence, educators examine critical components to create and support continuous improvement. These skill sets are applied in this capstone course as educators create a project that promotes meaningful education and social change. Working in a consultative role as a school or district professional, the educator engages in a project to identify a problem within his or her academic and/or work environment and propose a solution in the form of draft recommendations for the school, district, or educational setting. Additionally, the educator projects how the proposed recommendations, if implemented, would be evaluated and sustained. A Capstone Project Rubric is used to guide in project development and evaluation.

(5 cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 45 quarter credit hours $615 per semester hour $27,675
Technology Fee Per quarter $160 $1,440


  $29,115*

*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.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on June 28, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.


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.

Meet Your Academic Team 

  • Martha Cheney

    Program Director

    Dr. Cheney began her career as a writer in educational publishing and has taught preschool and primary school students. She serves as a Specialty Professional Associations (SPA) program reviewer for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

    Read Martha's Bio
  • Jerita Whaley

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Whaley’s formal training is in reading, literacy, and educational leadership, and she has served in various roles in those areas during a career of more than 50 years. Her research interests focus primarily on teacher efficacy and effective teacher professional development.

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Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment 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.
  • 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.

Career Outlook

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

  1. Curriculum developer
  2. Instructional coordinator
  3. Academic coach
  4. Literacy coach

An EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment can position you to work in settings such as:

  1. Elementary schools
  2. Secondary schools
  3. School districts

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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