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Total program credits needed for graduation: 120

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

20 course quarter credits.

ED8009
Education: Purpose, Theory, and Practice (4 quarter credits)
ED8112
Educational Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
ED8102
Introduction to Qualitative Research* (4 quarter credits)
ED8515
Advanced Action Research for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED8122
Statistics for Educational Research 1* (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

24 course quarter credits.

ED7310
Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Educational Process (4 quarter credits)
ED7542
The Politics of P–12 Education (4 quarter credits)
ED7701
Educational Philosophy and Change (4 quarter credits)
ED7818
The Future of Teaching and Learning: Issues for the Educational Leader
ED8111
The Historical and Social Foundations of Education (4 quarter credits)
ED8502
Advanced Learning Theory and Instructional Practice (4 quarter credits)

Thirteen Elective Courses

52 course quarter credits.

Recommended elective courses:

ED5516
Adult Learning and Professional Development (4 quarter credits)
ED5523
Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Elementary Science Teachers (4 quarter credits)
ED5508
Research and Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5513
Middle-Level Issues (4 quarter credits)
ED5528
Technology Skills for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
ED5511
Teaching Algebra for Understanding (4 quarter credits)
ED5514
Educational Leadership for Teacher-Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED5522
The Art of Planning Science Instruction: Creating the Engaged Science Student (4 quarter credits)
ED5524
Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Secondary Science Teachers (4 quarter credits)
ED5526
Student Assessment and Work Analysis in Science Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5506
Standards and the K–12 Mathematics Curriculum (4 quarter credits)
ED5507
The Art of Planning Mathematics Instruction (4 quarter credits)
ED5529
Instructional Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
ED5530
Assessment Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 quarter credits)
ED5533
Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice (recommended elective for all K–12 teachers) (4 quarter credits)
ED8123
Statistics for Educational Research 2* (4 quarter credits)

OR

Choose any graduate courses.

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Coursework

24 course quarter credits. 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.

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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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 48 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.