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Total program credits needed for graduation: 46

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-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:

Twelve Required Courses, 46 quarter credits

ED5010
Foundations for Master's Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
ED5006
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
ED5501
Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5504
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

12 quarter credits

ED5320
School Leadership and Management Practices (4 quarter credits)
ED5322*
School Leadership: Data, Decision-Making, and School Improvement (4 quarter credits)
ED7823*
Education and the Law  (4 quarter credits)

School Leadership Emphasis Courses:

18 quarter credits

ED7822*
The Funding of Educational Institutions  (4 quarter credits)
ED7852*
P–12 Principalship  (4 quarter credits)
ED7857*
Personnel Administration  (4 quarter credits)
ED5901*
Leadership in Educational Administration Internship 1 (3 quarter credits) 
ED5902*
Leadership in Educational Administration Internship 2 (3 quarter credits) 

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

The Arizona Department of Education has approved the School Leadership emphasis for principal preparation.

Learners seeking licensure in Arizona must secure a Structured English Immersion endorsement (SEI) and specific course work in the U.S. and Arizona constitution. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu).

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

**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.

Learners in the School Leadership emphasis are required to take the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) test to successfully complete their program. To be recommended for licensure learners must pass the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) with a score of 145. Learners must identify Capella University as a recipient to ensure the score report is sent to the university. Learners under an earlier catalog, who are required to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), may take the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) as a substitute for the SLLA. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

In addition, the Arizona Department of Education requires learners in the School Leadership emphasis who are pursuing licensure in Arizona to take and pass Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (two principal subtests) to be recommended for licensure. Learners are also responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

Arkansas and Kentucky residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

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:

  • School Leadership

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.