Reading, Language and Literacy 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.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

PLO1. Understand relationships with and among authors, texts, and audiences in the form of speech, conversation, writing and enactment

PLO2. Foster appreciation of different types of knowledge, scholarship and research

PLO3. Gain an advanced level of understanding and skills of collaborative learning and communication

PLO4. Enhance knowledge of professional ethics and responsibilities

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

  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. Two of the three required letters should be completed by people who can attest to the candidate’s capacity to complete rigorous graduate studies and one by a person supervising the applicant’s professional work.
  • Submit written responses to the following four questions:
    • What are your professional goals and how do you envision doctoral experiences supporting and/or relevant to achieving those goals?
    • What previous professional and personal experiences encouraged you to apply to this doctoral program?
    • Please explain what readings, academic studies or specific ideas have contributed to your current understandings as a professional.
    • How do you strive to enact these understandings?
  • Note: The admission process occurs in two stages:
    • First, the applicant submits the application and supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions by the published deadlines. The Office of Admissions will forward to the doctoral committee the completed application form once all documentation is received. A faculty committee will review the documents and decide if and when to invite the applicant for a second stage of the admissions process.
    • The second stage will consist of having all applicants who appear to be a good match for the program being invited to campus for the second stage of the review process that includes three components: a group interview, a written response, and an individual interview
    • The first part of this will be a group interview in which a faculty committee will interview applicants as a group. This will include a discussion/conversation among the candidates and the committee members, focusing on an article, selected by faculty and sent to the applicant in advance. 
    • After the group discussion, students will write a reflective essay on the ideas provoked by the discussion. Faculty will later review the essays to assess the student’s ability to construct a written document. 
    • Individual interviews will follow the writing portion to enable faculty and the applicant to focus on individual and programmatic goals

Program Details:

  • Requires 63 SH for completion
  • Requires a qualifying paper
  • Requires a dissertation

Required Courses

Foundational Courses - 19 SH

CCD 606Scholarly Habits of Mind I


CCD 607Scholarly Habits of Mind II


CCD 615Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning


CCD 620Epistemology of Learning, Teaching and Inquiry


CCD 625Critical Policy Analysis


CCD 630Teacher Knowledge in Disciplines


CCD 698Dissertation Research Seminar

1 TO 3

Note: CCD 698 must be taken for a total of 3 semester hours.

Reading and Language Major - 15 SH

RLD 600Language, Linguistics, and Literacy


RLD 601Research in Early Literacy


RLD 602Literacy Comprehension: Research and Application


RLD 606Instruction and Staff Development in Reading and Language


RLD 607Seminar on Theory and Research in Writing


Research and Dissertation - 19 SH

ESR 608Foundations of Doctoral Research


ESR 612Statistical Methods in Research


ESR 614Interpretive and Critical Research Methodology


ESR 616Mixed Methods Design



ESR 618Interpretive and Critical Research Design


CCD 699CDissertation

1 TO 8

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

Program Electives - 9 SH

Choose 9 SH of NCE graduate courses in consultation with the doctoral advisor

Qualifying Paper

Students take the qualifying exam when they have completed their coursework or in conjunction with their last required program course. If they have completed all coursework before taking the qualifying exam, they may also register for dissertation hours. Students will work with a faculty advisor to plan a qualifying paper that represents a synthesis of their learning. This plan must be approved by the faculty advisor for the paper’s focus and the start date. Before starting the writing, but after obtaining approval, the student registers for CCD 696C.