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EdD - Reading and Literacy

The Doctor of Education in Reading and Literacy program at Capella University is a cohort program designed for students who wish to become leaders in the field of educational literacy. Read more about Capella University's online EdD in Reading and Literacy program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Reading & Literacy

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in attending this program should desire to further their education in the educational field, especially specializing in reading and literacy programs. They must also have a master's degree from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. All applicants to Capella University graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Developing and evaluating effective curriculum, assessments and instruction practices while using researched-based processes are the main focuses of Capella University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy program. In specialization courses, students have the opportunity to learn the foundations of reading, how to apply research to improve curriculum, and assessment strategies. Students also have the opportunity to develop grant writing skills and see how to successfully meet the diverse literacy needs in various communities. Several courses are designed to help students see how to use technology, critical thinking skills, reflective practices, and cultural knowledge to effectively teach how to address problems and create organizational improvement. During the core coursework, students will have the ability to learn how to investigate problems, research design and analyze data to improve the dynamics of the organization and the instructional practices. Students will have the chance to apply methods and techniques through six doctoral projects upon the completion of all required courses.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

64 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.'

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Education in Reading and Literacy:

In order to earn this degree, students will need to complete 16 courses, made up of core courses and specialization courses, as well as a doctoral project requirement. Please note that some of these courses have pre-requisites in order to take them. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Studies in Education
  • The Dynamics of Organizational Improvement
  • Investigating Problems of Practice
  • Research Design for Practitioners
  • Data Literacy for Leaders

Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • Theoretical and Historical Foundations of Reading
  • Reading and Literacy Assessment, Evaluation, and Decision Making
  • Meeting Diverse Literacy Needs in School and Community Context
  • Leading and Managing Literacy Programs
  • Grant Writing for Reading and Literacy Programs

Doctoral Project (upon completion of all required coursework) (24 credits)

  • EdD Doctoral Project 1
  • EdD Doctoral Project 2
  • EdD Doctoral Project 3
  • EdD Doctoral Project 4
  • EdD Doctoral Project 5
  • EdD Doctoral Project 6

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy program is designed to offer hands-on academic and leadership training that is directly transferable to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to become experts in the disciplines of reading and literacy and the opportunity to learn how to effectively teach and create content for schools and communities.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Educational consultant
  • University faculty of education
  • Curriculum designer
  • Reading specialist
  • Literacy coach

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