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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 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:

Six Required Courses, 24 quarter credits

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

Specialization Courses:

Introduction to Integrative Studies (4 quarter credits)
Capstone in Integrative Studies (4 quarter credits)

Six Elective Courses, 24 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

Theories and Principles of Adult Learning (4 quarter credits)
Multicultural Perspectives in Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
Strategies and Best Practices for Teaching and Learning (4 quarter credits)
Action Research for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
The Delivery of Distance Education (4 quarter credits)
Mastering Scholarly Writing (4 quarter credits)
Curriculum Development (4 quarter credits)
Leadership in Higher Education (4 quarter credits)
Critical Thinking in Adult Education (4 quarter credits)
Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures (4 quarter credits)
Educational Philosophy and Change (4 quarter credits)
The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader (4 quarter credits)
Coaching for High Performance (4 quarter credits)
The Historical and Social Foundations of Education (4 quarter credits)
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning (4 quarter credits)


Choose any graduate course(s).

*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.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

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.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

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.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 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.