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

CCD 610ADoctoral Core I


CCD 610BDoctoral Core II


Research and Dissertation - 21 SH

ESR 604Dissertation Proposal Seminar


ESR 610Paradigms of Research


ESR 612Empirical/Analytic Research I


ESR 614Interpretive and Critical Research I


ESR 616Empirical/Analytic Research II



ESR 618Interpretive and Critical Research II



CCD 699CDissertation: Reading and Language

1 TO 8

Note: CCD 699C must be taken for a total of 8 semester hours.

Internship - 6 SH

RLD 690Advanced Internship in Literacy

1 TO 4

Note: RLD 690 must be taken for a total of 6 semester hours.

Reading and Language Core - 12 SH

RLD 600Language, Linguistics and Literacy


RLD 601Research in Early Literacy


RLD 602Reading Comprehension: Reach and Application


RLD 607Theory and Research in Writing


Additional Reading and Language Core - 4-5 SH

Choose two of the courses below:

RLD 603Historical Issues in Literacy Research


RLD 604Current Issues in Literacy Research


RLD 606Instruction 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.