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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:

Twelve Required Courses, 46 quarter credits

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

Specialization Courses:

12 quarter credits

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

School Leadership Emphasis Courses:

18 quarter credits

The Funding of Educational Institutions  (4 quarter credits)
P–12 Principalship  (4 quarter credits)
Personnel Administration  (4 quarter credits)
Leadership in Educational Administration Internship 1 (3 quarter credits) 
Leadership in Educational Administration Internship 2 (3 quarter credits) †

Admission to the MS Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization requires learners to complete and submit the Teaching Experience Verification Form.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page. (Washington state learners are advised to go to: for more information)

Learners seeking licensure in Arizona must secure a Structured English Immersion endorsement (SEI). Capella University has an alliance with Rio Salado College regarding course work for the SEI endorsement. Learners needing this endorsement should contact Academic Advisement to discuss the necessary courses and the application process at Rio Salado College.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn an Arizona license prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Arizona requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education Examiners must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure site for contact information.

Kansas residents are advised that state regulations require a special review process for state licensure. Graduates of this master's Specialization need to be granted an administrator license in Arizona first, and then apply for a Kansas license through a review by the licensure committee. This review process cannot guarantee a license will be issued.

**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 and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA 6011) with a score of 163 to successfully complete their program. Learners must submit their scores during ED5902. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment. 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 (Principal 81). Learners must take and submit the assessment scores by the end of ED5902. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

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.

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


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.