Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization reading, language and literacy provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.
The EdD/PhD program in reading, language and literacy is designed to provide students with a strong background in research, theory, reading, writing and multiliteracy programs. Our graduates are prepared to become faculty and leaders in the creation and implementation of research-based literacy programs in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, adult and community-based outreach programs, corporate training settings and nonprofit educational endeavors.
This program enables students to:
Understand theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
Use instructional approaches, materials and an integrated comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
Create and engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and valuing of differences in our society.
Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials and appropriate use of assessments.
View professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.