Doctorate in Reading Education

Ed.D. in Reading and Language/Ed.S. in Reading and Language

The doctoral program in reading education (Ed.D. in Reading and Language) is designed to prepare graduates for literacy leadership positions beyond K-12 settings, college teaching, or advanced clinical work. It is distinguished by a close blending of theoretical and practical courses and experiences so that graduates are to be prepared as professionals with the competence to make a difference in their jobs.

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Consider getting your doctoral degree in reading education at NLU if you:

  • Want to teach at the college level
  • Want to pursue a leadership role in education
  • Are endorsed as a reading teacher or want to pursue the requirements for this endorsement
  • Are interested in advanced clinical work

NLU also offers a reading specialist graduate degree (Ed.S. in Reading and Language) designed to meet the needs of school leaders who wish to deepen their knowledge and expertise in literacy, but who do not wish to pursue a doctorate in reading education.

Why Earn Your Doctorate in Reading Education at NLU?

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of educators and continues to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners-one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state.

Widely recognized and respected in the education community, National Louis University has a reputation of excellence for its graduate education programs. With award-winning faculty and curricula that inspire tomorrow's teachers and administrators, adult students learn from the best at NLU's National College of Education.

What You Will Learn

  • In-depth knowledge of language development, early reading acquisition, reading comprehension, writing and staff development
  • How to connect theories and research on language, cognition and learning to instruction
  • How to communicate research results and data analysis
  • How to provide assistance in the area of staff development
  • How to design, implement and evaluate teaching practices in reading and language
  • How to supervise and coordinate reading programs

Career Outlook

NLU's Reading and Language program prepares graduates for literacy leadership positions beyond K-12 settings, college teaching or advanced clinical work.

Reading Education Doctoral Program Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling at NLU. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).


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