Reading & Literacy EdD - Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

Lead the way in Reading & Literacy

Lead district and adult education efforts to expand students’ minds and help them harness the power of reading. Capella’s online Doctor of Education, Reading, and Literacy degree is designed to prepare you to lead literacy programs and advocate for systemic change in education. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to work with diverse populations as a reading specialist, coach, coordinator, or program supervisor. Plus, learn ways to engage in a research cycle that results in data-informed decisions.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 16 courses
  • Capstone

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EdD, Reading and Literacy program highlights

Capstone with focus on real-world impact

A doctoral project provides the opportunity for you to apply action research to solve a real problem in your field.

Find the right support

Use an array of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and materials to lead reading and writing instruction initiatives.

Evaluate programs effectively

Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to evaluate effective reading instruction.

Support a learning environment

Create an environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating your knowledge, practices, and assessments.

Be a career advocate

Promote professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Lead with passion & patience

Possess the knowledge, skills, and spirit to work successfully with diverse learners, their families, and other professionals.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$745 per credit, 64 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $20K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Doctorate in Education sample courses

Our online EdD, Reading and Literacy curriculum focuses on foundational theories and practices in reading and literacy and how it all relates to topics like working with diverse populations, conducting research, and leading others.

Foundational coursework

Core coursework will help lay the foundation for your entire program, with a focus on research, critical thinking, and setting you up for success as a doctoral student.

Capstone: doctoral project

The culminating project of the entire program, the capstone focuses on applied research to solve a specific organizational problem, improve outcomes, or resolve a gap in the field.

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EDD8540 *
Theoretical and Historical Foundations of Reading

In this course, learners analyze historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations that support instructional strategies that promote cognitive, linguistic, motivation, and socio-cultural underpinnings of the reading and writing process.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8010.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8542 *
Reading and Literacy Assessment, Evaluation, and Decision Making

In this course, learners perform a needs assessment to examine ways to apply reading and literacy assessment data to improve literacy achievement, literacy instruction, and continuous improvement. Learners investigate literacy coaching as one means of continuous improvement. Prerequisite(s): EDD8540. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8544 *
Meeting Diverse Literacy Needs in School and Community Context

In this course, learners examine different aspects of community, such as social class, ethnicity, language differences, and learning differences, as they relate to planning for literacy learning to meet needs of stakeholders. Prerequisite(s): EDD8540.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8546 *
Leading and Managing Literacy Programs

In this courselearners develop the ability to lead and manage literacy program operations, curriculum, resources, and professional development to support a continuous improvement process.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8542.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8548 *
Grant Writing for Reading and Literacy Programs

In this course, learners examine and research the implications of local, state, and federal policy on reading and literacy programs. Learners develop the skills needed to effectively write grants and prepare presentations for different audiences.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8544.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

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Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Reading and Literacy professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdD, Reading and Literacy degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • University faculty of education
  • Reading specialist
  • Adult basic education director
  • Literacy coach
  • Curriculum designer
  • Educational consultant
  • Director of reading or literacy program

Employment settings to explore

  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools
  • Government
  • P-12 public, private, virtual, or charter schools
  • Nonprofits

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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