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Overview

Capella University's online PhD in K-12 Studies program is designed to advance your knowledge to engage diverse learners in the education field. This program is part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Coursework includes advanced research, educational philosophy, advanced learning theory, and K–12 history and politics. You can choose electives in such areas as adult learning, mathematics, science, educational leadership, virtual school instruction and assessment strategies. Throughout the program you will build a professional portfolio that will enable you to demonstrate your doctoral competencies to current and future employers.

The Building Blocks of Your PhD

Your PhD in K-12 Studies program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, colloquia, comprehensive exams, and dissertation all fit together.

To learn more about this degree program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

Degree Outcomes

With your PhD in K-12 Studies in Education from Capella, you'll utilize multiple instructional models, resources, management styles, and pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of and engage diverse learners as you synthesize and apply current research and theory on content, pedagogy, child development, and other education-related topics. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at CapellaResults.com.

People with Doctoral degrees in Education from Capella earn an average of $21,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Common jobs with an online PhD in K-12 Studies in Education include K–12 teacher, school curriculum coach, educational consultant, full-time faculty, adjunct or part-time faculty, or K–12 alternative school teacher. Potential workplaces include: K–12 public or private school, state department of education agency, federal department of education agency, land-based or online college or university, or educational consulting firm.