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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.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 10 Core courses

Classes Start December 2nd

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.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

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.

EdS, Reading and Literacy 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.

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, 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. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Federal work study

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

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

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

Education Specialist 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.

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EDD8208 *
Leading and Managing Literacy Programs

In this course, learners focus on developing the ability to lead and manage literacy program operations and resources. Learners also gain knowledge in leading continuous and data-informed curriculum, instruction, and assessment improvement processes and making legal and ethical decisions. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8204. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8212 *
Grant Writing and Policy 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 focus on developing the skills needed to effectively write grants and prepare presentations for different audiences. Learners also continue to strengthen their professional research skills. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8210. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8224 *
Program Improvement in Reading and Literacy

In this culminating course, learners plan a project and demonstrate their understanding of the three project options: Program Evaluation, Curriculum Product, and Change Management Plan. Learners then select a specialization-aligned topic and create a proposal for an independent professional activity aimed at expanding knowledge and informing practice via scholarly inquiry and critical analysis. Finally, learners organize their Professional Showcase Portfolio and write a reflection paper that demonstrates their understanding and reflects a critical analysis of the program outcomes. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8204 *
Reading and Literacy Assessment and Evaluation

In this course, learners examine ways to apply formal and informal reading and literacy assessments to improve student achievement. Learners analyze reading and literacy assessment data, communicate assessment results to various stakeholders, and develop appropriate instruction plans to meet the needs of students. Learners also focus on providing leadership in creating effective instructional assessment models in diverse school settings. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8202. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 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.

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Writing support

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

Reading and Literacy professional paths

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*

  • Reading and literacy department head
  • Reading and literacy specialist
  • Learning center director
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Continuing education director
  • Coordinator of reading or literacy program
  • Adult basic education director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K–12 public or private school
  • K–12 virtual or charter school
  • Preschool program
  • School district
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Government- local, state, federal
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Adult education program
  • Research and policy organization
  • Continuing education program

*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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