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Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Twelve Required Courses, 48 quarter credits

ED5010
Foundational for Master's Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
ED5006
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
ED5012*
Overview of Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
ED5016
Foundations of Higher Education Assessment and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

ED5570
History, Issues, and Trends in Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
ED5572*
Politics and Public Policy in Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
ED5574*
Financial Management and Institutional Development (4 quarter credits)
ED7540*
Leadership in Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
ED5890*
Higher Education Leadership and Administration Capstone (4 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one of the following emphases:

For a Community College Leadership emphasis:

ED6562*
Comprehensive Community Colleges (4 quarter credits)
ED6564*
Governance and Politics in Community Colleges (4 quarter credits)
ED6566*
Issues and Trends in Community Colleges (4 quarter credits)

For a Higher Education Program Administration emphasis:

ED6572*
Organization and Functions of Higher Education Programs (4 quarter credits)
ED6574*
Law and Governance in Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
ED6576*
Higher Education Program Administration (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization does not satisfy licensure requirements for P–12 public school teachers or administrators. State regulations vary regarding salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, please see the Licensure section on the school's website.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

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Concentrations

If you have elective courses in your specialization, you may be able to use them to fulfill both your degree and concentration requirements at the same time. However, completing a concentration may extend your total credits beyond the requirements of your degree. Concentrations available for this specialization include:

  • Community College Leadership
  • Higher Education Program Administration

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.