Return to: Doctor of Education (EdD)–School of Education and Professional Licensure
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.
At the end of this program, educator professionals will be able to:
- 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.
- Improve curriculum/literacy programming with stakeholder support at the systems level by drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards.
- 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.
- Evaluate literacy curriculum based on information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels.
- Develop literacy programs that enhance student learning and support professional development for teachers.
- Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.
- Practice ethically in the profession.
- Design research to address educational problems and contribute to the profession.
- Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
- Foundation course (5 cr.)
- Research courses (15 cr.)
- Specialization courses (30 cr.)
- Competing the Doctoral Capstone
- Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
- Competing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 20 cr. until completion)
- One face-to-face academic residency
Foundation Course (5 cr.)
Research Courses (15 cr.)
Specialization Courses (30 cr.)
- 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.
Completion of the Doctoral Capstone
Doctoral Support Courses (6 cr.)
Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
- 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.
*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.
Note on Teacher Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to teacher licensure or certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.
Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P–12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.