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General Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy

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Contact Information

Dr. Judith K. Franzak
Ed.D. Program Director

Dr. Ron Siers
Education Specialties Chair

For additional information on the Ed.D. program and the admissions process:

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Plan of Study

About the Program

The Ed.D. program in Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy provides students with a strong core in literacy, theory, research and practice  with the aim of cultivating leaders as change agents who are prepared to cultivate culturally-responsive, effective literacy learning across diverse contexts.  We are producing the next generation of scholarly practitioners who will advance knowledge of the field to address educational challenges while sustaining the integrity and vitality of the discipline. 

Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate

Our Ed.D. program is proud to be a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).  This is a national effort toward ensuring the Ed.D. is a rigorous and relevant degree that prepared educators to be agents of change who disseminate their work widely and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in order to improve learning outcomes for all.  What this means for our students is they learn and grow in a program that is involved at a national level while they receive attention to their local professional context. 

Program Requirements

This program consists of 60 hours of graduate study which includes a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credits to be taken over three consecutive semesters beginning in the summer of the third year of full-time study.

Full-time students take two courses each fall, spring and summer for a total of 18 credit hours per year.  Full-time students will take three years to complete the required courses and a minimum of a fourth year to write the dissertation.

Students pursuing the degree on a part-time basis will take one course during the fall and spring semesters and two courses during the summer semester for a total fo 12 credit hours per year.  Part-time students will take four years to complete the required courses and a minimum of a fifth year to write the dissertation. 

Program Goals

Graduates of the educational doctorate program will advocate for the educational community as professionals who:

  • possess a comprehensive and evolving knowledge of literacy;
  • identify, contextualize, and propose solutions for problems of practice;
  • articulate a vision for teaching and learning predicated on national research trends and tailored to address regional and local needs;
  • improve the quality of services within an education setting through applied research and evaluation of local, state, and national curriculum policies and practices;
  • apply dynamic teaching for the renewal and improvement of schools, school systems and institutions of higher education; and,
  • envision themselves as transformational leaders who can collaboratively design and implement solutions to problems of literacy practiced in school.
Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Ed.D. Program pursue positions of leadership in:

Curriculum Leadership

Teacher Education

Higher Education

Community Agencies

Application Process

FranzakInterested applicants should submit a statement of interest, official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, GRE General Test scores, a professional writing sample and three professional letters of recommendation. Application materials should be submitted using the online application process.

The program admits one cohort each year to begin study in the fall semester.  Admission is competitive and potential students are encouraged to begin the application process early.  Priority date for admissions consideration is March 1st.   Preference is given to applicants who have three years of professional teaching experience.

Please direct all supplemental application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Avenue - HH 262
Salisbury, MD  21801

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