Degree Program Overview

The Doctor of Education degree in Literacy provides the highest professional degree available to candidates who aspire to literacy leadership positions. The degree requirements include a prescribed curriculum of required and elective courses and the successful completion of a major research project resulting in the presentation and defense of a dissertation. Students must be enrolled during the semester the comprehensive examination is taken. After successful completion of the examination, the student may defend the dissertation proposal.

The program includes a concentration of courses in reading (27 hours, a research component requiring a minimum of 15 hours, and an elective area of 12 or more hours, concluding with 6 or more dissertation hours. Please see the curriculum outline for a complete listing of program course requirements.

This Ed.D. Program is a modified cohort program. Individuals are admitted to a specific cohort and follow the schedule for the cohort to which they are assigned. Elective courses may be taken independent from the rest of the cohort. Cohort groups begin in June of each year. In the event of emergencies that require an individual to drop out of the normal schedule, they may be required to join another cohort group with another schedule. Admission to the program requires a significant commitment of time for the duration of the individual’s program. The inability to devote the necessary time will require the individual to drop out of the program.

Candidates who complete this program will:

  • have knowledge of the foundations of literacy processes and how to design research around and write about such topics;
  • gain an understanding of and an ability to design the research related to literacy curriculum development and coordination;
  • gain an understanding of, and an ability to design research and write about the assessment of reading and writing acquisition;
  • apply knowledge acquired from research and scholarly study to education in literacy; and design, conduct, and interpret research in literacy education.           

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Length 60 Credit Hours
Enrollment Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: May 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact the program director (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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