Leadership Doctoral Programs

Reading, Language, and Literacy Specialization

In-Person or Online 62 - 68 credits * 4 years

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$468/mo

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Program Overview

Concordia University Chicago’s Leadership Ed.D/Ph.D program with a specialization in Reading, Language and Literacy provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current 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.

Learning Objectives

This program enables students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major theoretical, conceptual, and evidence-based foundations of literacy and language, the ways in which they interrelate, and the role of the reading/literacy specialist in schools.
  • Use foundational knowledge to design literacy curricula to meet needs of learners, especially those who experience difficulty with literacy; design, implement, and evaluate small-group and individual evidence-based literacy instruction for learners; collaborate with teachers to implement effective literacy practices.
  • Understand, select and uses valid, reliable, fair, and appropriate assessment tools to screen, diagnose, and measure student literacy achievement; inform instruction and evaluate interventions; assist teachers in their understanding and use of assessment results; advocate for appropriate literacy practices to relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research, relevant theories, pedagogies, and essential concepts of diversity and equity; demonstrate an understanding of themselves and others as cultural beings; create classrooms and schools that are inclusive and affirming; advocate for equity at school, district, and community levels.
  • Meet the developmental needs of all learners and collaborate with school personnel to use a variety of print and digital materials to engage and motivate all learners; integrate digital technologies in appropriate, safe, and effective ways; foster a positive climate that supports a literacy-rich learning environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be reflective literacy professionals, who apply their knowledge of adult learning to work collaboratively with colleagues; demonstrate their leadership and facilitation skills; advocate on behalf of teachers, students, families, and communities.
  • Complete supervised, integrated, extended practica/clinical experiences that include intervention work with students and working with peers and experienced colleagues; practica include ongoing school-based setting(s); supervision includes observation and ongoing feedback by qualified supervisors.
    (Source: International Literacy Association Reading/Literacy Specialist Standards, 2017)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Master’s Degree at a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least 3 years experience in an education/literacy-related field
  • GRE scores that are no older than 3 years
  • Interview with the Reading Department Admission Committee (if needed)
  • All other doctoral requirements outlined by the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Degree Requirements

  • 61-62 hours of coursework
  • Capstone experience embedded in two semesters of internship
  • Comprehensive Examinations
  • Dissertation

Areas of Study

Ed.D. Course Track

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

Ph.D. Course Track

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

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