Ed.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy

Part of the Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

The Ed.D. program in Reading, Writing, and 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. Emphasizing the interrelationships and integration of theory, research, policy, and practice, the program welcomes both full- and part-time students.


Fast Facts


  • Entry terms: Fall
  • Course Requirements: 20 courses (6 Required Courses; 3 Research [Including EDUC 669 and EDUC 920]; 11 Electives)
  • Transfer Courses Accepted: Up to 8
  • Typical Course Load: Fall: 3 courses; Spring: 3 courses; Fall: 3 courses
  • Culminating Experience: Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation


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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. Students are encouraged to develop one or more areas of concentration. Options include teacher education and professional development, leadership and policy; postsecondary learning environments; adult literacy education; reading, writing, and literacy across elementary, middle, and secondary curricula; children’s and adolescent literature; literacy policy, families, schools, and communities; and urban education.

The Ed.D. program in RWL 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. Ed.D. Students can register as full-time or part-time students. All Ed.D. students take part in courses and seminars specifically designed for Ed.D. students across GSE and select an Ed.D. cognate of study.

Program of Study

Core Courses

Please click here to download the Reading/Writing/Literacy Ed.D. Program of Study.

  • EDUC 713 Responding to Literature
  • EDUC 723 Multicultural Issues in Education
  • EDUC 724 Literacy: Social and Historical Perspectives
  • EDUC 737 Research in Teaching Writing
  • EDUC 834 Theories of Reading
  • EDUC 836 Issues in Instructional Leadership in Reading and Writing
  • EDUC 920 Research Seminar in Reading and Writing-Core Research Course
  • Choose three Research Courses
  • EDUC 669 Practitioner Inquiry-Core Research Course


Standing Faculty

Gerald Campano, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Vivian Gadsden, Ed.D.

University of Michigan

Amy Stornaiuolo, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Ph.D.

University of Michigan

Affiliated Faculty

Diane Waff, Ed.D.

University of Pennsylvania


Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tamika Easley
Program Manager
(215) 898-3245

Lorraine Hightower
Admissions Assistant
(215) 898-8435