2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
    
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2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Specialist (EdS) in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure*)


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The Education Specialist (EdS) in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program is designed for any educator who wishes to influence positive growth in reading and literacy and gain expertise in best practices regarding reading, literacy, curriculum design and instruction, teacher professional development, and program evaluation and assessment. Education professionals can develop skills and study strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across the educational system, including classroom instruction, program design, policy implementation, and critical thinking. In this EdS program, education professionals 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 desires to gain a deeper understanding of reading and literacy practices.

*Walden University’s Education Specialist (EdS) in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure) does not lead to certification or licensure in reading, literacy, and assessment. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure as a reading, literacy, and assessment teacher.

Learning Outcomes


Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Interpret the components of reading curriculum in the 21st century including influences from the socio-political landscape, social media, technological innovations, family and community involvement, and influences from applicable education standards.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Utilize information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels to assess literacy curriculum.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to create literacy programs that enhance student learning and support professional development for teachers.
  6. Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.
  7. Practice ethically in the profession.
  8. Design a scholarly response to address a reading, literacy, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • 45 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research course (5 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • EdS Capstone Project (5 cr.)
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (45 total cr.)


Note on Licensure


For initial licensure or adding endorsements (e.g., new teaching fields) to existing licenses, individuals are often required to complete a state-approved licensure program. Walden offers Minnesota state-approved licensure programs in special education, early childhood education, and P–12 principal licensure.

Additionally, not all of Walden’s programs include a practicum or cover the grade span of K–12, which are requirements for obtaining an endorsement in some states, especially in the area of reading.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling is accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy).

Prospective students seeking licensure must research their state licensure requirements to determine (1) if they are required to complete a state-approved licensure program, and (2) if there are any other requirements that apply, especially requirements pertaining to programs provided by out-of-state (except Minnesota) or online institutions.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For additional guidance on licensure issues, please refer to www.WaldenU.edu/educlicensure.

Program Data


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