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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People likely to be interested an instructional design for online learning degree often pursue dean, director or other high-level leadership positions in a variety online learning settings, including educational institutions, corporations, the military, health care and government.

Twelve of the top 50 employers of Capella alumni are colleges or universities (as reported by CareerBuilder).

Career Builder Alumni Outcomes Data, Q2 2014

Potential Employment Settings

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Corporation
  • Educational consulting firm
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care industry
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • P–12 education
  • Vocational school

Common Job Titles/Positions*†

  • Assistant dean for distributed learning
  • Assistant or associate professor
  • Associate provost for instruction and technology
  • Dean of distance education
  • Director of distance and continuing education
  • Director of e-learning
  • Director of education and development
  • Director of instructional design
  • Director of instructional technology
  • Director of knowledge solutions
  • Director of technology assisted learning
  • Distance education specialist
  • Faculty development specialist
  • Full-time or adjunct faculty
  • Instructional technology specialist
  • Manager of computer assisted instruction
  • Vice president of education services

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

School of Education Doctoral Degree Graduates

Data from graduates of the PhD in Education program have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 77%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 75%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 87%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or “agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Made a significant contribution to my profession 51%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 42%Assumed leadership responsibilities 55%Received a salary increase 63%Received a promotion 48%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.