2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (December 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Reading and Literacy Leadership (Non-Licensure)

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The Ed.S. in Reading and Literacy Leadership program prepares educators to lead effective reading and literacy programs for learners of all ages. Courses examine the influence of technology, culture, Common Core standards, and sociopolitical issues on 21st-century literacy; literacy’s developmental nature and cultural contexts; and curriculum and instructional approaches for facilitating literacy across various settings and age groups. Educators learn to use assessment tools, data, and quantitative and qualitative research methods to improve individual proficiencies and program effectiveness. Educators explore resource management, decision-making, and mentoring skills required to lead programs and fellow professionals. Educators learn how to build staff’s capacity to infuse literacy across content areas.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates are able to:

  1. Examine the components of literacy in the 21st century including influences from the sociopolitical landscape, social media, technological innovations, and influences from Common Core standards.
  2. Develop graduate-level scholarly skills (use of resources, scholarly writing, and critical thinking).
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a plan to gain stakeholder support for improvement of literacy programming at the systematic level drawing on professional standards as well as leadership and change theories.
  4. Critically evaluate existing research studies in the area of reading and literacy.
  5. Examine the challenges diverse learners face and the systems that enable these learners to achieve literacy success.
  6. Describe various literacy assessments used at national, state, and local levels including their value and how to use that information in literacy program decision making.
  7. Recommend a literacy environment that enhances student learning and supports professional development for teachers.
  8. Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.

Degree Requirements

  • 36 total semester credit hours
  • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (18 sem. cr.)
  • Capstone course (6 sem. cr.)
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum 6 semesters enrollment

Core Curriculum

Program Data

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