2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) 
    
    Sep 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog (September 2017) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reading, Literacy, and Assessment (Non-Licensure*)(EdD)


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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. Educators develop skills and strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across the educational system, including classroom instruction, program design, policy implementation, critical thinking, and research skill development. In their coursework, 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. 

*Walden University’s EdD program with a specialization 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


At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:

  1. Analyze 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. Improve curriculum/literacy programming with stakeholder support at the systems level by drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards.
  3. 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.
  4. Evaluate literacy curriculum based on information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Develop 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 research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.

Degree Requirements


  • 76 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
  • Competing the Doctoral Capstone (a minimum of 20 cr.)
  • One face-to-face academic residency
  • ePortfolio

Curriculum (76 total cr.)


Residency Requirements


  • Complete the EdD required residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.
  • Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.

Completing the Doctoral Capstone (20 cr. [minimum requirement]-120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])**


  • EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone **To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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 process in the Dissertation Guidebook. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Course Sequence


Quarter

Course

Credits

1

 EDDD 8002 - Leading the Future of Education  

or

 EDDD 8006 - Leading the Future of Education  (6-week version)

5 cr.

  Complete the EdD residency face-to-face by the end of Term 3.  

2

EDDD 8060 - Issues and Trends in Reading and Literacy♦  

5 cr.

EDDD 8101 - Learner-Centered Curriculum  

5 cr.

3

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  

5 cr.

EDDD 8003 - Tools for Doctoral Research Success (Companion 1)  

2 cr.

4

EDDD 8102 - Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners  

5 cr.

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

5

EDDD 8061 - Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Effective Literacy Programs  

5 cr.

EDDD 8082 - Meaningful Learning Experiences in Supportive Environments  

5 cr.

6

EDDD 8004 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing for Research (Companion 2)  

2 cr.

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  

5 cr.

  Optional: Complete an EdD Advanced residency face-to-face or virtual in Term 7 or later, including if you are enrolled in EDDD 8900 or EDDD 8990.  

7

EDDD 8106 - Program Evaluation for Continuous Improvement  

5 cr.

EDDD 8900 - Completing the Prospectus  

2 cr.

  Optional: Complete an EdD Doctoral Study Intensive retreat face-to-face during EDDD 8990. Contact Academic Advising to register.  

8

EDDD 8990 - Completing the Doctoral Capstone **

20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)**

**To complete a doctoral dissertation, 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 process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification


This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. 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. 

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.