Reading, Language, and Literacy Doctorate

What you Learn:

The Ed.D./Ph.D. program in Reading, Language and Literacy is designed to provide students with a strong background in research, theory, reading, writing and multi literacy programs. Our graduates are prepared, as faculty and leaders, to design and implement literacy programs in a variety of public and private school, university, adult and community-based, corporate, non-profit educational settings. 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)

Areas of Study:

Ed.D. Track

Course Title
RLL 7000 Trends and Issues in Literacy Research (3cr)
RLL 7010 Instructional Approaches Related to Reading, Writing & Language (3cr)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
RLL 7020 Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
RLL 7030 Policy and Politics of Reading, Language and Literacy
EDL 7300 Ethics of Educational Leaders
RLL 7040 Cultural and Socioeconomics Perspectives of Literature and Literacy
RLL 7200 Literacy Supervision, Leadership and Coaching (3cr)
RLL 7050 New Literacies and Multiliteracies in Education
RLL 7060 Internship in Reading, Language, and Literacy
RLL 7310 Writing in Recorded Thinking
RLL 7061 Internship in Reading, Language, and Literacy
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Quantitative Research
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
RES 7900 Research Design (4cr)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Ph.D. Track

Course Title
RLL 7000 Trends and Issues in Literacy Research (3cr)
RLL 7010 Instructional Approaches Related to Reading, Writing & Language (3cr)
EDL 7140 Organizational Change
RLL 7020 Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs
EDL 7210 Policy Analysis
RLL 7030 Policy and Politics of Reading, Language and Literacy
EDL 7300 Ethics of Educational Leaders
RLL 7040 Cultural and Socioeconomics Perspectives of Literature and Literacy
RLL 7200 Literacy Supervision, Leadership and Coaching (3cr)
RLL 7050 New Literacies and Multiliteracies in Education
RLL 7060 Internship in Reading, Language, and Literacy
RLL 7310 Writing in Recorded Thinking
RLL 7061 Internship in Reading, Language, and Literacy
FPR 7011 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Quantitative Research
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research
RES 7710
OR RES 7620
Advanced Quantitative Analysis
OR Advanced Qualitative Analysis
COMP 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee based)
RES 7900 Research Design (4cr)
DISS 7010 Dissertation
DISS 7020 Dissertation
DISS 7030 Dissertation
DISS 8000* Dissertation Supervision (as needed, fee based)*

Please Note:

* Students must register for DISS 8000 repeatedly (as needed) to maintain continuous enrollment until program completion.

Those who intend to apply for financial aid should complete the financial aid process at the same time they apply for admission. Financial aid is available to admitted students (not pending/guest status) and is not retroactive.

This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.

Tuition Guarantee:

The special per credit hour cohort tuition is $730 for Doctoral Programs. This rate is guaranteed not to increase over the life of the cohort. In addition, a technology fee of $15 per credit hour ($45 per 3 credit course) will be assessed for the purpose of supporting and enhancing student learning (Concordia e-mail, Blackboard, text notifications). There is a $300 fee associated with the dissertation and a graduation fee of $143. We reserve the right to offer different tuition rates, or change the prices of other programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.85 (on a 4.00 scale) and a Master's Degree with at least a 3.00 GPA
  • Two years teaching experience
  • Objective Statement essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official sealed academic transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned
  • GRE or MAT test scores
  • Submission of Professional Resume
  • Copy of current Ohio teaching license (if applicable)

Once all materials are submitted and your file is complete, the following steps will be taken:

  1. Your file will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.
  2. An admission decision will be reached immediately following the committee review, and you will be notified in writing within a few days.

NOTE: Admission to Concordia University Chicago depends on several factors, including: the cumulative GPA, program fit, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and an objective statement (critical writing sample). Students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) will not be considered for admission.

Applicants may enroll in one semester of classes as a "pending" student awaiting an admission decision. Please note that participation and enrollment in the cohort does not guarantee admission to the University. Pending students who are denied admission will not be automatically withdrawn from the class, and will not receive a tuition refund. Pending students are not eligible for financial aid, therefore, please complete the admission process and submit official transcripts by the beginning of the semester for full admission to the graduate cohort program.

The Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services will send a letter upon receipt of your application, and non-refundable $60.00 application fee (includes 1-year Associate Membership in OAESA). If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please feel free to contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admission and Enrollment Services
Phone: 708-209-4093
Fax: 708-209-3454
Email: graduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:

Cohort Information Graduate Information Office 800-946-9608
Payment Plan Office of Student Business Services 708-209-3237
Financial Assistance Office of Student Financial Planning 708-209-3113
Online FAFSA form www.fafsa.ed.gov 800-4-FED AID