The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers this degree program.
Is this Program for Me?
The Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) with an emphasis in Reading, Language Arts and Literature Education is individualized so that the student can develop special expertise in a chosen area of literacy education. These areas include:
- Primary, intermediate, secondary, developmental, and clinical reading instruction
- English language arts composition
- English language arts communication
- Writing instructional material for publication
- Literature for children and young adults
Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time, it will take longer to complete the program.
What will I learn?
This program emphasizes foundations of psychological and educational theory and research methodology. This will enable students to work closely with faculty and fellow classmates to explore and conduct educational research. They will also demonstrate:
- Scholarly research, writing and presentation skills
- Effective Instructional practices for educating pre-service and in-service literacy teachers
- Knowledge of development and implementation of literacy programs in grades K-12
- Knowledge of the history of literacy education
- A solid understanding of reading motivation and literature for children and young adults
Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:
- Candidacy Research Project
- Comprehensive Exam
Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction – Reading, Language Arts, and Literature Education.
What can I do with my degree?
This program prepares students for careers in:
- Higher Education
- Early Childhood – 12th grade Schools
- Early Childhood – 12th grade Administration
- Regional Service Centers
- State Departments of Education
- Non-profit Organizations
Graduates with an Ed. D. in C & I – Reading, Language Arts, and Literature Education may pursue the following careers:
- College or University Professor
- Executive Director of Educational Service Centers
- Researchers Consultant
- Educational Research Analyst
- Program Evaluator
- Early Childhood -12th grade Reading Curriculum Specialist
The C & I - Reading, Language Arts and Literature Education Doctoral Program also provides coursework to prepare students for the Master Reading Teacher Certification.
To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.