Individualized program of study for practitioner-scholars in reading, writing, and literacy.

The Ed.D. program in Reading/Writing/Literacy features a strong commitment to educational practice and preparing practitioner-scholars. Students take part in courses and seminars, both those specifically designed for Ed.D. students and others in Penn GSE or across the university. Students work with their advisors to construct their own individual course of study.

What Sets Us Apart

  Flexible, customized program of study: Choose from electives across the University
#2 Penn GSE consistently ranks among the top 10 graduate schools of education
  Full-time and part-time options

About the Program

In the Ed.D. program in Reading/Writing/Literacy, students tailor their course of study to their individual interests. Of 20 required courses, 11 of them are electives, allowing students to work with their advisors to develop a program that is best suited to the individual’s areas of interest.

Entry term(s)
Fall
Course requirements
20 courses (9 required; 11 electives)
Typical course load

3 courses per semester (fall/spring)

Transfer courses acceptedUp to 8 courses with approval

Culminating experienceComprehensive examination and dissertation

Duration of program4–6 years

Format(s)
  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
Overview

The Ed.D. program in Reading/Writing/Literacy emphasizes the interrelationships and integration of theory, research, policy, and practice. Doctoral students construct individual programs of study with their advisor to suit their interests, combining core courses with additional coursework in research methodology and electives. 

This program features a strong commitment to educational practice and preparing practitioner-scholars. Ed.D. applicants are required to hold a master’s degree and are expected to have experience in educational practice. Students can register as full-time or part-time students.

Curriculum

In the Ed.D. program in Reading/Writing/Literacy, students tailor their programs of study. Students are encouraged to develop one or more areas of concentration. Options include, but are not limited to:

  • Teacher education and professional development
  • Literacy policy and leadership
  • Postsecondary learning environments
  • Adult literacy education
  • Reading, writing, and literacy across elementary, middle, and secondary curricula
  • Children’s and adolescent literature
  • Literacy practices with families, schools, and communities
  • Urban education
  • Digital literacies and technologies for teaching and learning
  • Critical literacies

The program includes six required courses, three research courses, and 11 electives. All students take part in courses and seminars specifically designed for Ed.D. students across Penn GSE and select an Ed.D. cognate of study. For more information on courses and requirements, visit the Reading/Writing/Literacy Ed.D. program in the University Catalog.

Our Faculty

Our faculty are renowned scholars who are committed to educational practice and to supporting practitioner-scholars.

Penn GSE Faculty Diane Waff
Professor of Practice
Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Penn GSE Faculty H. Gerald Campano
Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Penn GSE Faculty Amy Stornaiuolo
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Penn GSE Faculty Vivian L. Gadsden
William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education
Ed.D., University of Michigan

"I reached a point where I wanted to understand the research and theory around adult literacy and learning. And to do the type of work I wanted to do, I knew I would need a more advanced degree. Penn GSE checked both boxes and opened doors I didn’t know existed."

Ryan Miller

Reading/Writing/Literacy Ed.D., 2016

Our Graduates

The Ed.D. program in Reading/Writing/Literacy trains practitioner-scholars for positions involving the practice of education in schools, school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, foundations, entrepreneurial ventures, and consulting organizations. 

Alumni Careers

  • Assistant Professor, Clemson University
  • Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
  • Assistant Professor of English, Temple University
  • Coordinator/Instructor, Teacher Academy
  • Faculty Affiliate, Haverford College Writing Center
  • Gifted Support Teacher, Great Valley School District
  • Language Arts Literacy Teacher, Flemington-Raritan School District
  • Literacy Consultant/Professional Developer, Philadelphia Out-of-School Time Literacy Initiative
  • Middle School Division Head, Woodlynde School
  • Urban Education Professional, Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Associate Professor, Teacher College, Columbia University
  • Director of Community Literacy, University of New Hampshire

Admissions & Financial Aid

Please visit our Admissions and Financial Aid pages for specific information on the application requirements, as well as information on tuition, fees, financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships.

Contact Information

Contact us if you have any questions about the program.

Office of Admissions and
Financial Aid

Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415
admissions@gse.upenn.edu
finaid@gse.upenn.edu

Program Contact

Tamika Easley
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245
teasley@upenn.edu

Lorraine Hightower
Admissions Assistant
(215) 898-8435
lorrains@gse.upenn.edu

Please view information from our Admissions and Financial Aid Office for specific information on the cost of this program.

Penn GSE is committed to making your graduate education affordable, and we offer generous scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships.