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Total program credits needed for graduation: 46

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

20 quarter credits

ED5007
Foundations of Educational Leadership (4 quarter credits)
ED5500
Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment** (4 quarter credits)
ED5501
Assessment and Improvement of Instruction** (4 quarter credits) OR
ED5503
Classroom Management Strategies** (4 quarter credits) OR
ED5504
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap** (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

6 quarter credits

ED5542
Master's Capstone in K–12 Studies in Education+ (6 quarter credits)

In addition, learners have the option to choose one of the following emphases:

For a Standards Based English Language Arts emphasis:

12 quarter credits

ED5580
English Language Arts: Standards-Based Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5582
English Language Arts: Instruction and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
ED5584
English Language Arts: Research and Collaboration (4 quarter credits)
For a Standards Based Math emphasis:

12 quarter credits

ED5506
Standards and the K–12 Mathematics Curriculum (4 quarter credits)
ED5507
The Art of Planning Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5508
Research and Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)
For a Standards Based Science emphasis:

12 quarter credits

ED5522
The Art of Planning Science Instruction: Creating the Engaged Science Student (4 quarter credits)
ED5625
Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Science Teachers (4 quarter credits)
ED5526
Student Assessment and Work Analysis in Science Instruction (4 quarter credits)
For a Standards Based Social Studies emphasis:

12 quarter credits

ED5600
Integrated Social Studies Aligned to Standards (4 quarter credits)
ED5602
Methods for Teaching and Assessing History and Geography (4 quarter credits)
ED5604
Best Practices in Teaching Civic Education and Economics (4 quarter credits)

Elective Courses

8 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

ED5514
Educational Leadership for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits) AND
ED5515
Action Research for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
OR
ED5528
Technology Skills for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits) AND
ED5530
Assessment Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
OR
ED5536
Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits) AND
ED5538
Program Evaluation of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)
OR
Chose any graduate course(s).

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

This Specialization has not been reviewed or approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB); KY residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the EPSB.

**This requirement may be fulfilled by completing a KDS professional development course while you're enrolled in your Master of Science in Education program. Contact an enrollment counselor to learn more.

This Specialization does not provide advanced teacher licensure nor does it necessarily qualify candidates for advancements in pay in North Carolina. Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/) regarding specific advanced licensure and pay requirements in their program areas.

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.

Learn more about individual courses

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.