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.
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.
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.