Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization reading, language and literacy provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment with an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high-quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach.

The EdD/ Ph.D. program in reading, language and literacy is designed to provide students with a strong background in research, theory, reading, writing and multiliteracy programs. Our graduates are prepared to become faculty and leaders in the creation and implementation of research-based literacy programs in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, adult and community-based outreach programs, corporate training settings and nonprofit educational endeavors.

This program enables students to:

  • Understand theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
  • Use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
  • Use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
  • Create and engage students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect and valuing of differences in our society.
  • Create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing by integrating foundational knowledge, instructional practices, approaches and methods, curriculum materials and appropriate use of assessments.
  • View professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.

(Adapted from IRA Professional Standards, 2010)


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Doctoral Specialization: Reading, Language, and Literacy

  • Trends and Issues in Literary Research
  • Instructional Approaches to Reading, Writing, and Language
  • Development and Evaluation of Literacy Programs
  • Policy and Politics of Reading, Language, and Literacy
  • Cultural and Socioeconomic Perspectives of Literature and Literacy
  • New Literacies and Multiliteracies in Education
  • Reading, Language, and Literacy: Internship I and II
  • Literacy Supervision, Leadership, and Coaching
  • Writing is Recorded Thinking: Research, Theory, and Application


  • Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge (Ph.D. only)
  • Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (EdD only)
  • Organizational Change
  • Policy Analysis
  • Ethics for Educational Leaders

Research and Statistics for the EdD, Practitioner Track

  • Research Design

Select two:

  • Survey Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Methods of Action Research Inquiry
  • Quantitative Research

Research and Statistics for the Ph.D., Researcher Track

  • Research Design
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Mixed Methods Research

Select one:

  • Survey Research
  • Advanced Topics in Statistics
  • Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation Supervision

*Please note, Concordia University Chicago does not offer full or partial scholarships or tuition to any interested student or applicant.

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Last updated May 8, 2019
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