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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.

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

Specialization Courses

24 course quarter credits.

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

Thirteen Elective Courses

52 course quarter credits.

Recommended elective courses:

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


Choose any graduate courses.

Comprehensive Examination and Dissertation Coursework

24 course quarter credits. Upon completion of required coursework:

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination* (4 quarter credits)

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

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.

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 48 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

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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.