Reading Education

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Graduate Reading Programs

Dr. Annemarie Jay discusses Widener's graduate programs in reading.

The Doctoral Program in Reading is one of only a handful of programs in the tri-state area that offer a Doctor of Education degree in Reading.

Graduate students can focus their course of study on either the Reading Diagnostician or Reading Leadership track. Widener’s Reading program offers professionals an opportunity to either add a new specialty area to their teaching background or gain a deeper understanding of an existing focus on Reading. This program offers professionals an opportunity to earn a terminal degree needed to advance to the top of their profession.

At Widener, Reading doctoral candidates develop educational and leadership skills grounded in scholarship, educational research, and best practices. The program is guided by its conceptual framework which emphasizes academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and life long learning with a commitment to technology and best practices. This flexible program can be attended either part of full-time. Most of our students are working educators who can easily fit this program into their professional schedules because classes are held once a week in the evening. The Reading doctoral program prepares educators for greater success in their profession by preparing them for the challenges and changes found in education.

At Widener students find a customized approach to earning their doctoral degree. They can shape and tailor their dissertation to focus on areas that are congruent with their research interests and career goals. Students have more opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration in the doctoral program. They can build on their undergraduate education and professional experiences through their course work and dissertation. Most of our students report that they find they can apply their studies immediately to their daily professional activities.

Graduate students in the Reading doctoral program find a supportive environment and respected faculty who help the student construct a foundation for career enrichment and success in the field of education. Widener faculty members work closely with degree candidates to facilitate student success. Students quickly become effective and efficient leaders in this program because they are supported by faculty who act as mentors and offer a high level of personal attention.

Who enrolls?

Most students have typically worked in education for at least three to five years and have established themselves in the profession. They enroll because they want to advance in their career and to enrich their professional growth through a doctoral degree.

The Reading doctoral program offers two tracks: Reading Diagnostician and Reading Leadership. These tracks allow students to specialize in an area that is more in line with one’s career goals and desires.