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Improving reading education starts with having a better read of the situation. The Doctor of Education in Reading from NSU will give you the specialized training to conduct more successful reading instruction in heterogeneous environments.

With an understanding of both historical and current instructional methods, you’ll apply your skills to accomplish better student outcomes in real classroom environments. You’ll develop experience implementing intervention strategies, identifying reading deficiencies and adding the proper remedial tools.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing educators or reading professionals who wish to pursue advanced training in reading instruction
  • Individuals with master’s degrees or above in education who wish to obtain doctoral degrees and increase their knowledge and skills in reading instruction
  • Individuals considering an online Ph.D. in reading education who would instead like to explore the benefits of an Ed.D. in reading education program

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Reading Education.

Quick Facts

Tuition for the degree program is $1,420 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Reading Education is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Reading Education is conducted entirely online, allowing you to earn your degree without work disruption or long commutes. In addition to coursework, all doctoral students are required to participate in The EDGE @ Fischler Institute in Florida.
Application Deadlines
Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Ed.D. in Reading Education

Concentration Area Courses (24 Credits)
RED 0730*
Critical Issues in Reading (RED 0730* / Credits: 3 )
RED 0731*
Interpreting Research in Reading Education (RED 0731* / Credits: 3 )
RED 9001
Issues and Trends in Literacy Education (RED 9001 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9002
Theories of Reading (RED 9002 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9003
Digital Literacy (RED 9003 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9004
Teaching Reading in Diverse Classrooms (RED 9004 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9005
Literacy Across the Curriculum (RED 9005 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9006
Reading Assessment and Intervention: PK-3 (RED 9006 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9007
Reading Assessment and Intervention for Adolescents and Adults (RED 9007 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9008
Research in Second-Language Reading (RED 9008 / Credits: 3 )
RED 9009
Literature for Children and Young Adults: Critical Analysis (RED 9009 / Credits: 3 )
ILLR 8100
Curriculum and Program Development (ILLR 8100 / Credits: 3 )
Applied Dissertation (12 credits)**
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
Elective (6 Credit Minimum)
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication and Technology (required elective) (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses. ( / Credits: 3 )
Summer Institute***
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Extended Dissertation Services****
ADS 8091
Applied Dissertation Services (ADS 8091 / Credits: 1 )
Required Courses
RES 8100
Nature of Knowing: Epistemology and Inquiry-Based Learning (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )

*Students without a strong background in Reading MUST take RED 0730 and RED 0731 as part of the 24-credit concentration.

**The Applied Dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer one or more research questions. It is required of all FCE doctoral students and its purpose is to improve practice in education and human services. The dissertation process consists of a total of 12 credits encompassing four major benchmarks.

***The EDGE @ Fischler Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with Fischler College classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas, including distance library services, student financial assistance, and program advising. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops enabling students to learn valuable information about the dissertation process, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

****Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

*****Please select ONE of the following research tracks based on your dissertation (please consult your RES 9300 professor and your dissertation chair prior to registering)

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