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Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 1.866.933.5981, 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:

Twenty Required Courses, 84 quarter credits

ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
ED8112
Educational Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
ED8102*
Introduction to Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits)
ED8122*
Statistics for Educational Research 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7108
Imperatives for Educational Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED7088
Applying Research in an Academic Writing Process (4 quarter credits)
 

Specialization Courses:

36 course quarter credits.

ED7820
Principles of Educational Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED7822
The Funding of Educational Institutions (4 quarter credits)
ED8533
Advanced Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice (4 quarter credits)
ED8534
Advanced Instruction and Assessment: Theory and Practice (4 quarter credits)
ED8535
Advanced Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED8536
Advanced Application of Research for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED8538
Advanced Curriculum and Instruction: Program Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
ED8550*
Curriculum and Instruction Internship 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED8551*
Curriculum and Instruction Internship 2 (4 quarter credits)

Two Elective Courses, 8 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

ED5504
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 quarter credits)
ED7106
Curriculum Development (4 quarter credits)

OR

Choose any graduate course(s).

Upon completion of required coursework:

ED9919*
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (4 quarter credits)

Learners must register for ED9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

ED9960*
Dissertation Courseroom (5 quarter credits each)
 

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

†Learners in the doctoral Curriculum and Instruction Specialization are required to take and pass the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) test with a score of 145 to successfully complete their program. Learners must submit their scores during ED8551. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

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.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residential colloquia provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day colloquia (ED-R8921, ED-R8922, ED-R8923).

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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To learn more, call 1.866.933.5981, 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.