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Reading and Literacy Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Impact Student Triumph Through Reading & Literacy

Help foster and guide improvement in reading and literacy initiatives at the local and district levels. With Capella’s online Education Specialist, Reading, and Literacy degree you can empower students through effective classroom, school, and district-level leadership in reading and literacy.

This EdS specialization follows national standards for instructional design theory, practice, and assessment in this essential field within K-12 education. The program can help you develop leadership skills through practical experience.

What to Expect

  • Online
  • 10 Core Courses

Classes Start June 4th

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

Assess & Evaluate Reading Instruction

Gain knowledge about the foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction to influence students’ growth in reading and literacy.

Foster Reading & Writing

Use a range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support reading and writing instruction.

Communicate Effectively

Gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with diverse student populations, their families, and other professionals.

Apply Ethical Standards

Display ethical professional attitudes, values, and beliefs that support student learning and development.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

Our curriculum is designed around leading standards, including the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association).

Take Your Learning Further

Our innovative online learning model supports your goals by helping you continue from the EdS to a doctoral program.

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, 58 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.

Student Success Story

"There was a wide spectrum of students from all over the world, many of whom were currently working in education, so we received an amazing opportunity to learn how other education systems handle the work."

Mary Larson
EdS

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

In Capella’s EdS, Reading, and Literacy program, you'll study theory, practice and assessment, reflection, collaboration, and leadership as it relates to reading and literacy.

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.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdS in 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 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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Ready for the Next Step?

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