Capella University Adds Reading and Literacy Bridge Specialization to Online EdD Program

Capella University, an accredited online university that has built its reputation by providing high-quality online degree programs for working adults, announced today that it now offers a Reading and Literacy Bridge specialization as part of its Doctor of Education (EdD) degree program.

Designed for educators whose master’s degree is not in reading and literacy, this new specialization covers the curriculum from Capella’s Reading and Literacy EdD specialization, along with five master’s-level bridge courses that provide the academic preparation needed to move into doctoral studies in the field. As of March 31, 2011, nearly 40,000 students are pursuing an online degree at Capella University , with 31 percent enrolled in Capella’s doctoral degree programs, and 47 percent enrolled in Capella’s master’s degree programs.

New specialization helps meet growing demand for reading and literacy expertise
“When we launched our Reading and Literacy EdD specialization last year, we were gratified by the interest educators showed in pursuing this specialization,” said Barbara Butts Williams, PhD, dean of Capella’s School of Education. “However, a significant number of interested educators held master’s degrees that did not focus on reading and literacy, and a master’s in that area is a requirement for entry into the Reading and Literacy EdD specialization. By adding a Reading and Literacy Bridge specialization, we can expand the number of educators able to pursue leadership expertise in this critically important field. Reading and literacy skills can play a pivotal role in increasing individual student success and closing the educational achievement gap in the United States.”

Designed around national standards; one of few available online
Capella’s EdD specialization in Reading and Literacy, as well as the new Reading and Literacy Bridge specialization, are among very few EdD specializations in the field that are available online. The specializations are designed around national reading and literacy education standards and cover such topics as program development and management, assessment and evaluation, data-driven decision making, and district, state, and national policies that can affect how reading is taught. In addition to online course work, the program includes field experiences in diverse educational settings, and an action dissertation project designed to address a current reading and literacy challenge identified in the field.

Enrollment now open
Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its EdD Reading and Literacy Bridge specialization. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email

Review of this specialization is pending in KS and ND.

This specialization is not currently state-approved and will not lead to endorsement until state approval is received.

North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by providing quality online degree programs for working adults. Nearly 80 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, public administration, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 136 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 17 certificate programs. Nearly 40,000 learners were enrolled as of March 31, 2011, from all 50 states and 59 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).


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