The mission of the Department of Doctoral Studies in Literacy is to develop reflective and scholarly practitioners.
Therefore, we commit to the following core values:
We appreciate the cultural and linguistic heterogeneity that characterizes a diverse society and we respect the full range of representational means through which people may express themselves. We understand that standardized language is a social construct, and that language use is deeply embedded in our identities. We expect that all interaction, verbal, written, or otherwise, is carried out in a milieu of collegiality and productive toward the attainment of knowledgeable consensus.
The Ed.D. program in Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy provides students with a strong core in literacy, theory, research and practice with the aim of cultivating scholarly and reflective practitioners who are prepared to promote culturally-responsive, effective literacy learning across diverse contexts. We are producing the next generation of educational professionals who will advance knowledge of the field to address emergent challenges while sustaining the integrity and vitality of the discipline.
Our Ed.D. program is proud to be a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). This is a national consortium of institutions working together to ensure the Ed.D. is a rigorous and relevant degree that prepares educators to be agents of change who disseminate their work widely and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in order to improve learning outcomes for all. What this means for our students is they learn and grow in a program that is involved at a national level while they receive attention to their local professional context.
This program consists of 60 hours of graduate study which includes a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credits to be taken over three consecutive semesters beginning in the summer of the third year of full-time study.
Full-time students take two courses each fall, spring and summer for a total of 18 credit hours per year. Full-time students will take three years to complete the required courses and a minimum of a fourth year to write the dissertation.
Students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis will take one course during the fall and spring semesters and two courses during the summer semester for a total fo 12 credit hours per year. Part-time students will take four years to complete the required courses and a minimum of a fifth year to write the dissertation.
Graduates of the educational doctorate program will advocate for the educational community as professionals who:
Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest, official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, GRE General Test scores, a professional writing sample and three professional letters of recommendation. Application materials should be submitted using the online application process.
The program admits one cohort each year to begin study in the fall semester. Admission is competitive and potential students are encouraged to begin the application process early. Priority date for admissions consideration is March 1st. Preference is given to applicants who have three years of professional teaching experience.
Please direct all supplemental application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
1101 Camden Avenue - HH 262
Salisbury, MD 21801