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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 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:

Nine Required Courses, 38 quarter credits

Foundations for Master's Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Classroom Management Strategies (4 quarter credits)
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

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

English Language Arts: Standards-Based Instruction (4 quarter credits)
English Language Arts: Instruction and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
English Language Arts: Research and Collaboration (4 quarter credits)

For a Standards Based Math emphasis:

12 quarter credits

Standards and the K–12 Mathematics Curriculum (4 quarter credits)
The Art of Planning Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Research and Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)

For a Standards Based Science emphasis:

12 quarter credits

The Art of Planning Science Instruction: Creating the Engaged Science Student (4 quarter credits)
Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Science Teachers (4 quarter credits)
Student Assessment and Work Analysis in Science Instruction (4 quarter credits)

For a Standards Based Social Studies emphasis:

12 quarter credits

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

Two Elective Courses, 8 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

Educational Leadership for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
Action Research for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
Technology Skills for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
Assessment Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Program Evaluation of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)

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 ( 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.

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.

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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 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.