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Total program credits needed for graduation: 45

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

24 quarter credits

ED5006
Survey of Research Methodology (4 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)
ED5503
Classroom Management Strategies** (4 quarter credits)
ED5504
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap** (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

21 quarter credits

ED5551
Developing Fluent Readers (3 quarter credits)
ED5552
Teaching Comprehension Strategies (3 quarter credits)
ED5553
Assessment-Based Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
ED5554
Sociocultural Context of Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
ED5555
Foundational Theories in Reading Instruction (3 quarter credits)
ED5559
Reading and Literacy Practicum*+ (6 quarter credits)

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

+Learners are required to pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) prior to registering for ED5559. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with these examinations.

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: http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate 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.

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota 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 page for contact information.

Applicants in WI are advised that the Reading and Literacy Specialization is not pre-approved for specialist endorsement/licensure and should verify home state and local district requirements prior to enrollment. Individuals seeking endorsement must perform a transcript review with their state upon completion of their program.

Kentucky residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this Specialization.

Applicants must provide the following information for admission to Capella programs and Specializations.

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.