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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested in an online educational leadership and management degree include higher education and P–12 administrators who wish to enhance their leadership and managerial abilities as well as higher education faculty and P–12 teachers transitioning to administrative or leadership positions and government, corporate and nonprofit leaders whose organization or position is focused on education.

Twelve of the top 50 employers of Capella alumni are colleges or universities (as reported by CareerBuilder).

Career Builder Alumni Outcomes Data, Q2 2014

Potential Employment Settings

  • Adult education program
  • Alternative school
  • Charter school
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • For-profit institution
  • Governmental education agency
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • P–12 private school
  • P–12 public school
  • Research and policy organization
  • State education department
  • Technical college

Common Job Titles/Positions*

Higher education

  • Adjunct faculty
  • Dean of distance education initiatives
  • Dean of diversity affairs
  • Dean of student affairs
  • Director of academic advising
  • Director of admissions
  • Director of alumni relations
  • Director of continuing education
  • Director of institutional research
  • Director of student retention
  • Faculty development director
  • Full-time faculty
  • President
  • Provost
  • Student services director
  • Vice president for enrollment
  • Vice president for student affairs

P–12 education

  • Adult basic education director
  • Athletic director
  • Charter school director
  • Coordinator of student Programs
  • Curriculum director
  • Director of school improvement
  • District assessment coordinator
  • District teacher development coordinator
  • Program director

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

School of Education Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Education doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. Over 50% of graduates work in higher education; an additional 25% work in P-12 environments.

Career growth potential 50%Promotional opportunities 46% Salary and benefits 55%Tasks and responsibilites 75%


Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.


Our School of Education doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Just over half have presented at a conference or published an article, book or monograph. Over 40% of those surveyed have advanced in their careers.

Advanced in career or profession 25%Successfully changed careers 10% Obtained a teaching position in higher education 17% Assumed a leadership role 21% Received a promotion 18% Received a salary increase 37% Received favorable employer recognition of my degree 39% Received award 3% Presented at a conference, published article, book, manuscript 30% Conducted a research project 17%Served as a professional consultant 17%


Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.