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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-One Required Courses, 88 quarter credits

ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
ED8112
Educational Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
ED8117*
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
ED8102*
Introduction to Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits)
ED8122*
Statistics for Educational Research 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7088
Applying Research in an Academic Writing Process (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

16 course quarter credits.

ED7820
Principles of Educational Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED7014
Leading Diverse Schools (4 quarter credits)
ED7545*
Special Education Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED7823*
Education and the Law (4 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one of following emphases:

For a School Leadership emphasis:

28 course quarter credits.

ED7016*
Technology Integration in Schools (4 quarter credits)
ED7541*
Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
ED7822*
The Funding of Educational Institutions (4 quarter credits)
ED7852*
P–12 Principalship (4 quarter credits)
ED7901*
Educational Administration Internship 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7902*
Educational Administration Internship 2 (4 quarter credits)
ED8322*
School Improvement for P–12 School Leaders (4 quarter credits)

For a District Leadership emphasis:

28 course quarter credits.

ED7108
Imperatives for Educational Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED7542*
The Politics of P–12 Education (4 quarter credits)
ED7543*
The Superintendency (4 quarter credits)
ED7544*
Introduction to School Business Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED8812*
The Governance of Educational Institutions (4 quarter credits)
ED7903*
Superintendency Internship 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7904*
Superintendency Internship 2 (4 quarter credits)

One Elective Course, 4 quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

ED7108
Imperatives for Educational Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED7857
Personnel Administration (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 School Leadership emphasis are required to take and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA 6022) with a score of 163 to successfully complete their program. Learners must submit their scores during ED7902. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires learners in the School Leadership emphasis to take the Georgia Assessment of the Certification of Educators (Educational Leadership test). Learners must take and submit the assessment scores by the end of ED7902. 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 ED7902. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

Learners in the District Leadership emphasis are required to take and pass the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA 6021) with a score of 160 to successfully complete their program. Learners must take and submit the assessment scores by the end of ED7904. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment. The Arizona Department of Education requires learners in the District Leadership emphasis who are pursuing licensure in Arizona to take and pass Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (Superintendent 80). Learners must take and submit the assessment scores by the end of ED7904. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

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

The School Leadership emphasis holds building level developmental provisional approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The Minnesota Board of School Administrators and Arizona Department of Education have approved the School Leadership emphasis for principal preparation and District Leadership emphasis for superintendent preparation.

In Minnesota, learners who wish to add endorsements to existing administrative licenses must complete additional field work. To expand an elementary or secondary license to K-12, learners must complete a second 200-hour internship. To add a principal endorsement to a superintendent endorsement in Minnesota (or vice versa), the internship is 320 hours (MR, 3512.0200, Subp.3.).

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 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.

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.

Applicants seeking Georgia leadership certification are currently not eligible to enroll in this Specialization.

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.

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 16 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 1.866.933.5981, 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.