EDD and PHD

Reading, Language, and Literacy

Discounted Tuition • Flexible Online Format

Online 61 - 67 credits * 4 years

Affordable Tuition

$495/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Overview

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:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical, historical, and evidence-based foundations of literacy and language, the ways in which they interrelate, and the role of literacy professionals in schools.
  • Use foundational knowledge to critique and implement literacy curricula to meet the needs of learners and to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based literacy instruction for all learners.
  • Understand, selects, and use valid, reliable, fair, and appropriate assessment tools to screen, diagnose, and measure student literacy achievement; inform instruction and evaluate interventions; explain assessment results; and advocate for appropriate literacy practices to relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of research, relevant theories, pedagogies, and essential concepts of diversity and equity; demonstrate and provide opportunities for understanding all forms of diversity as central to students’ identities, create classrooms and schools that are inclusive and affirming; and 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; and foster a positive climate that supports a literacy-rich learning environment.
  • Recognize the importance of, participation in, and facilitation of ongoing professional learning as part of career-long leadership roles and responsibilities. (International Literacy Association 2017 standards)

Areas of Study

Ed.D. 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 7700Qualitative Analysis
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. 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 7300

The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge

RES 7605Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700Qualitative Analysis
RES 7800Mixed Methods Research
RES 7620
OR RES 7710
Advanced Topics in Statistics OR Advanced Topics in 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)*

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). The graduation fee will be assessed. 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
Emailgraduate.admission@CUChicago.edu

Other Contacts:
Cohort InformationGraduate Information Office800-946-9608
Payment PlanOffice of Student Business Services708-209-3237
Financial AssistanceOffice of Student Financial Planning708-209-3113
Online FAFSA formwww.fafsa.ed.gov800-4-FED AID