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Reading and Literacy Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

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Ten Required Courses

 

 

58 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Learners should contact their advisor for sequence information.

ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose

This is the introductory course for learners pursuing doctoral, education specialists, and post-master's certification within the School of Education. Learners in this course focus on critical thinking and scholarly writing—requisite skills for graduate study and professional practice. This course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. In keeping with Capella University's focus on the scholar-practitioner model, learners also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8200 *
Theoretical Models and Processes of Literacy

This course provides an overview of the specialization’s structure, competencies, and requirements and presents the psychological, sociological, and linguistic foundations of reading and writing processes and their instructional applications in various educational contexts. Learners also focus on developing writing skills and building the research competencies needed to be successful throughout their course of study. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8000. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8202 *
Foundations of Reading and Literacy

This course presents the fundamental components required of leaders in the reading and literacy field and the ways those leaders advocate for technology as an integral component of a literacy philosophy. Learners synthesize knowledge, research, and theoretical components of reading and explore their instructional applications in various educational contexts. Learners also model authentic reading and writing strategies for their students. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8200. 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
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
EDD8210 *
Data-Driven Decision Making in Literacy Programs

Learners in this course examine the ways data is used to make decisions associated with reading and literacy programs. Learners prepare themselves to develop a research plan, implement the plan, analyze and evaluate the resulting data and outcomes, and communicate results to stakeholders. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8208. 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
EDD8216 *
Literacy in School and Community Contexts

This course emphasizes advocating for a philosophy of literary instruction that is supported by theory and research and using it to develop and maintain a culture of literacy in school, district, and community settings. Learners explore the role of leadership in making decisions related to intervention models and demonstrate the belief that all children can learn at high levels. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8212. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8218 *
Leading and Managing Professional Development

Learners in this course examine theories and research of adult learning to explore the fundamental characteristics of effective literacy team collaboration. Learners also focus on developing the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with committing to reflective practice and lifelong learning and needed to coach and enhance the professional development of teachers and other education professionals. For EdD and EdS Reading and Literacy learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8216. 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

 

 

Total

 

 

58 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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