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Doctor of Education - Reading, Literacy & Assessment

Walden University's online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program is designed for instructors to research and develop the best teaching practices in reading comprehension. Learn more about Walden University's EdD program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Students thinking of applying to the online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program at Walden University should have experience in or a strong understanding of reading and comprehension instruction. Potential students should have demonstrated research, literacy, and teaching skills. Applicants to this EdD program must hold a master's degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

The online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program at Walden University is designed to teach students how to use scholarly research and assessments to design literacy curriculum and methods to strengthen student learning. Students have the opportunity to examine ways to pinpoint problems and put into effect positive changes in learning and instruction. Courses are created to help students examine 21st century social, educational, technological, and community influences on reading and comprehension curriculum. Students will have the chance to apply skills learned in the program's face-to-face, residency course. Learners enrolled in the EdD in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment online program at Walden University may study subjects like trends in reading and literacy, assessment and data analysis, program evaluation, and learner-centered curriculum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

79 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment:

Students enrolled in the online Doctor of Education with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program at Walden University are asked to complete 5 credits in foundation courses, 15 credits in research courses, and 30 credits in specialization courses. Students must also complete residency requirements and 9 credits in doctoral support courses in addition to a doctoral capstone. Upon admission to the doctoral program, students must complete a doctoral writing assessment. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 credits)

  • Students will be automatically enrolled upon admission to the following course:
    • Doctoral Writing Assessment

Foundation Courses (5 credits)

  • Students must take one of the following courses:
    • Leading the Future of Education
    • Leading the Future of Education (6-week version)

Research Courses (15 credits)

  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Specialization Courses (30 credits)

  • Issues and Trends in Reading and Literacy
  • Learner-Centered Curriculum
  • Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners
  • Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Effective Literacy Programs
  • Collaborative Approach to Literacy Across the Content Areas
  • Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

Residency Requirement

  • Students must complete one face-to-face residency by the end of Term 3:
    • EdD Residency

Doctoral Support Courses (9 credits)

  • Tools for Doctoral Research Success
  • Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research
  • Completing the Prospectus

Doctoral Capstone (20 credits)

  • Students must enroll a minimum of 4 times continuously in the following course:
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates with a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University should be able to evaluate and design reading and comprehension programs and curriculum to advance student learning in K-12 classrooms and schools. Graduates could work in various genres including non-profits, higher education, and government. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Teacher PreK-12 / Higher Education
  • Education administrator
  • Training manager
  • Director of instruction/education

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