With an EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment, you can enhance student learning and success by applying the latest and most appropriate literacy initiatives for the 21st-century classroom.

Literacy is a driving force in positively affecting student learning. The Education Specialist (EdS) degree in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment is designed for any educator who wishes to influence growth in reading and literacy—including classroom teachers, lead teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, department chairs, and curriculum specialists.

In this online Education Specialist degree program, you will:

  • Explore the changing definitions of literacy as well as sociopolitical, cultural, and economic influences on literacy.
  • Gain expertise in best practices related to reading, literacy, and curriculum design and instruction.
  • Learn skills and study strategies that can improve reading and curriculum outcomes across all age groups and settings, including classroom instruction, program design, policy implementation, and critical thinking.
  • Examine considerations for developing curriculum, assessment, and instruction for diverse learners.

An EdS degree can dramatically impact your salary and career as an educator-leader in less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn a Doctor of Education (EdD) or PhD in Education. However, the innovative structure of our Lifelong Learner Pathway allows you to lay the groundwork for your doctorate if you later choose to pursue it. As an EdS student, you will take the same initial courses as EdD and PhD in Education students, where you exchange ideas and engage in advanced graduate coursework. If you are inspired to earn your doctorate, you can transfer seamlessly into the EdD program with a specialization in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment without starting over, saving you time and money.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program, you will be prepared to:

  • Interpret the components of reading curriculum in the 21st century, including influences from the socio-political landscape, social media, technological innovations, family and community involvement, and influences from applicable education standards.
  • Establish a plan to gain stakeholder support for improvement of curriculum and literacy programming at the systems level by drawing on professional reading and curriculum standards.
  • Explain the challenges faced in improving teaching and learning in literacy curriculum across all content areas, including prior student learning, language, culture, family, and community values.
  • Utilize information about literacy assessments used at the national, state, and local levels to assess literacy curriculum.
  • Demonstrate the ability to create literacy programs that enhance student learning and support professional development for teachers.
  • Integrate concepts of positive social change in leadership, assessment, professional development, literacy curriculum, and literacy instruction activities.
  • Practice ethically in the profession.
  • Design a scholarly response to address a reading, literacy, and assessment problem and contribute to the profession.


Like all of our Education Specialist degree programs, Walden’s EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment program is designed to empower busy educators like you to pursue a specialized post-master’s degree while continuing to work full-time. Our program offers unprecedented flexibility that lets you tailor your studies to your needs and goals, and even change direction mid-stream without losing time or money.

  • You can switch degree paths even after starting your program. Students in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program and the EdS post-master’s programs take the same four initial courses. With our Lifelong Learner Pathway, you can continue toward your doctoral degree without having to start over.
  • Increase your impact as an educator-leader in less time. With an EdS in Reading, Literacy, and Assessment, you can make a greater impact on your salary and career trajectory—not to mention your community—in significantly less time, and at a lower cost, than it takes to earn an EdD or PhD in Education.
  • Learn from highly qualified and diverse faculty mentors, who blend academic theory with real-world insights to enrich your learning and broaden your perspectives on the latest trends.
  • CAEP accreditation assures you that our programs are high quality. The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University, a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)–accredited institution, is dedicated to enhancing educator effectiveness.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The ability to transfer credit at Walden can give you a more seamless, effective, and cost-efficient way to continue your education. Complete your required coursework sooner by transferring applicable required graduate credits into a Walden degree program.


Clarice Davis

Clarice Davis

MSED and EdS in Teacher Leadership Graduate
Walden’s instructors are there to assist in your education. You are never alone in your journey.
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Studying with Walden has opened doors in terms of authentic application of my studies to my current teaching career. What I learned at Walden was truly utilized at my job.
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Walden University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2019 through June 2026. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation, promoting excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. Walden University earned CAEP accreditation by meeting rigorous national standards and demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Note on Educator Licensure or Certification
This program does not lead to educator licensure or certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Prospective Alabama students: State Authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

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