EdD/PhD, Leadership: Reading, Language and Literacy Specialization

Study Format Online, On Campus

This doctoral program is offerred 100% online and through cohorts on campus.

Program Length 61-67 credits*

 

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Curriculum

Doctoral Specialization: Reading, Language and Literacy

Trends and Issues in Literary Research

A historical and philosophical study of the major theories and the empirical research that describes the cognitive, linguistic, motivation, and socio-cultural foundations of reading and writing processes, components, and development. Prerequisite: admission to an approved terminal degree program or consent of instructor.

Instructional Approaches in Reading, Writing and Language

This course examines the major perspectives, theories, and their impact on the learning process related to cognitive, physiological, and psychological development of reading and writing in P-adult educational settings. Candidates will explore, analyze, and evaluate new instructional models and related assessment systems for reading, writing and language development. Prerequisite: admission to approved terminal degree or consent of instructor.

Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs

Standards, curriculum, research, materials, and resources for state-of-the-art literacy programs. Analysis of issues, trends and current practices related to models and programs in diverse settings. Experiences in curriculum construction, program design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Instructional Approaches in Reading, Writing and Language and consent of instructor.

Policy and Politics of Reading, Language and Literacy

A study of the connections between policy, politics and reading and literacy is the focus of the course. Candidates will explore the empirical evidence related to foundational theories. Practices for communication with policy makers, public officials and community members will be an integral part of this course. Prerequisite: admission to the Ed.D. in reading, language and literacy program.

Cultural and Socioeconomic Perspectives of Literature and Literacy

An exploration of the historic, current, and changing demographic factors that impact and influence literacy practices. Examination of literature and literacy successes as seen through the eyes of diverse learners (culturally, ethnically, economically, socially, gender, and linguistically). Prerequisite: admission to the Ed.D. in the reading, language and literacy program.

New Literacies and Multiliteracies in Education

Examination and comparison of theories and research in new literacies to create a literate environment that fosters reading, writing, information and communicative competencies in diverse contexts. This course will explore literacies in schools and in the wider scope of the world. Prerequisite: admission to the Ed.D. in reading, language and literacy program.

Reading, Language and Literacy: Internship I and II

Two consecutive semesters in reading, language and literacy clinical experiences in P‐adult settings, requiring extensive, intensive and diverse assignments in instruction, evaluation and leadership. Prerequisite: department approval.

Literacy Supervision, Leadership and Coaching

Exploration of issues and experiences with supervision, leadership and literacy coaching models. Examination of literacy processes which include knowledge and understanding of acquisition, assessment and instructional delivery systems. Field experience required. Prerequisite: Instructional Approaches in Reading, Writing and Language, Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs, and/or department approval.

Writing is Recorded Thinking: Research, Theory and Application

Perspectives on writing instruction: theory, research and practice will be provided as well as practical experience in professional and career writing for grants, budgets and academic publications. Topics will include an analysis and implementation of the writing process as a communication device and a method to demonstrate learning.

 

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics

Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (PhD only) 

This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only) 

Study of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of education and leadership, including analysis of the aims and goals of education, processes of attainment, content and curriculum, and the socialization function of education, schooling and complex organizations. Develop an understanding of the intersections between theory/philosophy, ethical perspectives and the development of policy, practice and institutions. 

Organizational Change

Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.

Policy Analysis

Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.

Ethics for Educational Leaders

Ethical theories and practice of school district leadership.

 

Research and Statistics for the EdD, Practitioner Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Select two:

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Methods of Action Research Inquiry

Principles and application of action research planning, implementation and reflection in educational environments. Exploration of collaborative, participatory and individual approaches to action research methods that can be utilized to improve schools and/or organizations.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

 

Research and Statistics for the PhD, Researcher Track

Research Design

Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.

Qualitative Research

An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.

Quantitative Research

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.

Mixed Methods Research

This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.

Select one:

Survey Research

This course introduces students to survey and instrument development including issues related to operationalizing variables, survey construction, sampling, coding, analysis, and evaluating the reliability and validity of survey research methods.

Advanced Topics in Statistics

An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis, and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis. Prerequisite: Quantitative Research or Quantitative Analysis.

Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Prepares students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.

 

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision

 

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