Reading and Language, Ed.D.

This program is designed to prepare graduates who are interested in school-based leadership positions, advanced clinical work or college-level teaching. Rigorous coursework and carefully supervised internships in clinical supervision, teaching, research, staff development and evaluation constitute the core of the preparation experience.

In addition to National College of Education Doctoral Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Have prior reading coursework
  • Have teaching experience or credentials
  • Have one graduate course in beginning reading
  • Have a second graduate course in comprehension or secondary/content area reading
  • Have a course in linguistics
  • Have a course in writing instruction
  • Note: For promising candidates not demonstrating such preparation, appropriate coursework is required as a pre- or post-admission requirement

Program Details:

  • Requires 63 SH for completion
  • Requires an internship
  • Requires comprehensive examination
  • Requires a dissertation

Required Courses

Doctoral Core - 6 SH

CCD610ADoctoral Core I

CCD610BDoctoral Core II

Research and Dissertation - 21 SH

ESR604Dissertation Proposal Seminar

ESR610Paradigms of Research

ESR612Empirical/Analytic Research I

ESR614Interpretive/Critical Research I

ESR616Empirical/Analytic Research II


ESR618Interpretive/Critical Research II


CCD699CDissertation: Reading and Language

Internship - 6 SH

RLD690Advanced Internship in Literacy

Reading and Language Core - 12 SH

RLD600Language, Linguistics and Literacy

RLD601Research in Early Literacy

RLD602Reading Comprehension: Reach and Application

RLD607Theory and Research in Writing

Additional Reading and Language Core - 4-5 SH

Choose two of the courses below:

RLD603Historical Issues in Literacy Research

RLD604Current Issues in Literacy Research

RLD606Instruction and Staff Development in Reading and Language

Note: RLD 604 may be taken more than once.

Program Electives - 7 SH

Choose 7 SH of elective courses with RLD, RLL, RLRRLS or RLW prefixes in consultation with a doctoral advisor

Additional Program Electives - 6–7 SH

Choose 6-7 SH of graduate NCE courses in consultation with a doctoral advisor

Note: Students who do not hold a Reading Specialist endorsement or LBS I endorsement, or who have not trained as Reading Recovery teachers may be required to complete a clinical sequence in literacy instruction. Such coursework may be included as electives. Students may petition the program if they have other clinical coursework in literacy.

Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is taken after completion of the doctoral, research and program core classes (with the exception of the last research course). Students must pass the comprehensive examination prior to formal work on the dissertation and advancement to candidacy for the Ed.D. degree.