2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (March 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) with a specialization in Reading and Literacy Leadership

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The Reading and Literacy Leadership specialization prepares students to evaluate the effectiveness of existing reading and literacy programs and to design new approaches aligned to Common Core standards and 21st-century skill requirements. Coursework explores the theoretical framework of language and literacy development; political, social, cultural, and economic influences on literacy and literacy programming; and assessment and analytical methods for evaluating individual proficiency and program effectiveness. Research courses provide students the opportunity to apply qualitative and quantitative research methods and develop skills in research design, data analysis, and presentation. The specialization emphasizes development of leadership skills as well as the scholarly expertise required to improve student literacy programs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze 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. Analyze the challenges diverse learners face and the systems that enable these learners to achieve literacy success.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate literacy programming decisions based on information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels.
  7. Demonstrate the appropriate use of research methods through the process of producing a research project.
  8. Demonstrate the skills necessary to develop a literacy environment that enhances student learning and supports professional development for teachers.
  9. Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.


Degree Requirements

  • 54 total semester credit hours
  • Foundation course (6 sem. cr.)
  • Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)
  • Core courses (20 sem. cr.)
  • Research in Education (6 sem. cr.)
  • Doctoral study intensive (a minimum of 12 sem. cr.)
  • One 3-day academic residency
  • ePortfolio
  • Minimum of 10 semesters’ enrollment


Core Curriculum

Foundation Course (6 sem. cr.)

Applied Research (6 sem. cr.)

Research in Practice (6 sem. cr.)

Doctoral Study (12 sem. cr.)

Course Sequence

Semester Course
1 EDUC 8541 Foundations in Reading and Literacy Leadership
2 EDUC 8542 Literacy Leadership for Today’s Schools
3 EDUC 8543 Applied Research in Education
4 EDUC 8544 Learners and the Changing Literacy Landscape
5 EDUC 8545 Assessment and Data Analysis to Support Systemic Literacy Programs
6 EDUC 8546 Research in Practice
7 EDUC 8547 Program Development and Professional Development
EDUC 8081 Completing the Prospectus
8 EDUC 8090 Doctoral Study Intensive*
9 EDUC 8090 Doctoral Study Intensive* – continued

*Note: This course may not be taken concurrently with any other course.

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