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Reading and Literacy Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

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Sixteen Required Courses

 

 

64 quarter credits

Core courses:

EDD8010
Foundations of Doctoral Studies in Education

In this course, learners gain understanding of the EdD program and insights into how cycles of inquiry and systems thinking are utilized to address problems of practice. Additionally, learners engage in critical thinking and communication while reflecting on their own personal learning and growth. Must be taken during the learner's first quarter.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8020
The Dynamics of Organizational Improvement

This course provides an introduction to fundamental systems principles and skills of leadership in organizations with a focus on continuous organizational learning and improvement processes. Learners reflect on personal values and behaviors and those of organizations. Learners explore basic principles of systems thinking, systems mapping, and approaches to inquiry cycles in relation to leadership processes and organizational change. In addition, learners apply disciplines of learning organizations and a change model to a problem of practice to real-world leadership challenges.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8030 *
Investigating Problems of Practice

In this course, learners examine continuous improvement models, engage in an inquiry cycle, develop skills of data and information literacy, and collaborate with stakeholders to assess organizational needs and dynamics. Learners identify an organizational issue, collect and analyze relevant data, and develop valid inferences. Learners document the process utilized to tell the story of their research as a way to effectively share with stakeholders.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8010, EDD8020.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8040 *
Research Design for Practitioners

 In this course, learners are introduced to research approaches, designs, and methods with a focus on the needs of educational leaders. Learners explore conceptual and theoretical foundations of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and action research designs and analyze a variety of research literature and journal articles through the lens of a practitioner. Learners acquire the knowledge necessary to assess the applicability of research and theoretical literature to practice and become critical consumers of research.  Learners apply course concepts to the design of an action research study relevant to the learner's organization.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8030.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8050 *
Data Literacy for Leaders

In this course, learners focus on the data literacy skills required by leaders for effective organizational planning, decision making, and communication with stakeholders. Learners examine skills such as data interpretation, data aggregation and disaggregation, transformation of data, use of multiple data sources, analysis, statistical techniques, and selection of appropriate metrics for the intended purpose. Learners also utilize technology to process data and present and communicate results. Prerequisite(s): EDD8040.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:  

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.  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

Upon completion of all required coursework:  

EDD9951 *
EdD Doctoral Project 1

In this course, learners collaborate with stakeholders at their doctoral project sites to collect evidence and share relevant literature to identify and frame a chosen problem of practice. Learners demonstrate inquiry, analysis, communication, and leadership skills as well as the ability to evaluate and interpret organizational data to determine performance gaps and root causes. Learners increase knowledge and understanding of a problem and the factors that impact it in order to develop a problem statement for their doctoral project. Learners also secure the commitment of their project site to conduct their applied improvement project.  Grading for this course is S/NS.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8050;  ED7675 or EDD8508 or EDD8518 or EDD8528 or EDD8538 or EDD8548. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD9952 *
EdD Doctoral Project 2

In this course, learners collaborate with stakeholders at their doctoral project site to develop a potential intervention that addresses a problem of practice. Learners develop a detailed implementation plan and an in-depth literature review that synthesizes relevant theory and best practices pertaining to the problem and the proposed solution.  Grading for this course is S/NS.  Prerequisite(s): EDD9951.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD9953 *
EdD Doctoral Project 3

In this course, learners obtain university IRB approval and then enter the implementation phase of their doctoral project. Learners implement their intervention at their site, and collect, organize, and analyze process and outcomes data as described in their action plan.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): EDD9952.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD9954 *
EdD Doctoral Project 4

In this course, learners continue to collect and evaluate doctoral project data, applying appropriate quantitative and qualitative analysis tools. Learners make valid inferences from the data in relation to the goals of the intervention and the implementation process. Learners incorporate written and visual formats to effectively communicate their results in preparation for developing their written report in EDD9955.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): EDD9953.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD9955 *
EdD Doctoral Project 5

In this course, learners synthesize their findings, key learnings, and next steps in relation to their doctoral project in a written report that includes learner reflections on the applied improvement project experience, and provides the basis for the doctoral project presentation learners develop in EDD9956.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): EDD9954.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD9956 *
EdD Doctoral Project 6

In this course, learners complete their doctoral project by developing a presentation on the problem, intervention, results, and sharing with stakeholders. In addition, learners submit a portfolio of their signature assignments related to their doctoral project.  Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): EDD9955.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Total

 

 

64 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( www.capella.edu ). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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