Capella University

EdD - Reading and Literacy

Position yourself to meet the growing demand for leadership expertise in reading and literacy, a skill area that plays a pivotal role in individual student success. Designed around national education standards in the field, this EdD Reading and Literacy specialization is one of few available online. The curriculum covers such topics as program development and management, assessment and evaluation, data-driven decision making, and district, state, and national policies that can affect how reading is taught. In addition to online course work, field experiences provide opportunities to apply your newly gained knowledge in diverse educational settings and identify a reading and literacy challenge to address in an action dissertation project. The specialization is designed to be completed in just over three years, with all courses taken in sequence, allowing you to learn and build professional relationships with the same cohort of students. Convenient electronic textbooks are available for most courses, which lowers costs and provides immediate access to course materials. People who choose this specialization are often P-12 teachers and administrators interested in pursuing reading and literacy leadership roles in schools, districts, and other educational organizations.

Review of this specialization is pending in AL, AZ, KS, ND, SC, TN, WA, and WI.


Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456.

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