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Reading and Literacy Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Lead the Way in Reading & Literacy

Lead building, 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.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 10 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start March 5th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Become a Literacy Leader

You’ll be provided the tools to lead and manage reading and literacy programs and operations.

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.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Personalized Faculty Support

Our faculty guides you as you build applied research and writing skills and gain expertise and leadership in your profession.

Apply Research to Make an Impact

In lieu of a dissertation, Capella’s doctoral capstone allows you to use action research to solve a problem in your field.

NCATE Accredited

This program is part of Capella University’s Education Preparation Provider (EPP) Unit, which is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of eight years, from 10/22/2010 to 12/31/2018.

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$707 per credit, 70 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

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. 

Grants

Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Accredited & Respected

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

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.

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Capstone Mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Doctoral Capstone

Develop your project, write your findings, and demonstrate your use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap in the field.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDD8208 Leading and Managing Literacy Programs
EDD8212 Grant Writing and Policy for Reading and Literacy Programs
EDD8224 Program Improvement in Reading and Literacy
EDD8204 Reading and Literacy Assessment and Evaluation

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

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Move Forward in Your Career

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

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Adult basic education director
  • Coordinator of reading or literacy program
  • Curriculum specialist
  • K-12 teacher
  • Reading or literacy coach
  • Reading specialist

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Alternative school
  • Charter school
  • Community or technical college
  • Continuing education program
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • K-12 public or private school
  • Preschool program
  • School district

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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