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

Study Format Online, On Campus
Program Length 61-67 credits*


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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.

(Adapted from IRA Professional Standards, 2010)


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