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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online special education leadership degree include those pursuing special education leadership positions at the building, district, state or national level; higher education faculty positions; or consulting positions in the field of special education.

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

  • Alternative school
  • District office
  • Educational service center
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • P–12 public or private school
  • Regional educational service agency
  • Special education regional resource center

Common Job Titles/Positions

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • College instructor
  • Coordinator of special education
  • Director of special education
  • Director of special program
  • Director of therapeutic recreation
  • Disabilities and mental health services manager
  • Executive director of special education
  • Full-time faculty
  • Professor of special education
  • Special education administrator
  • Special education consultant
  • Special education teacher
  • State or federal grant coordinator
  • Supervisor of guidance or at-risk program
  • Supervisor of school psychologist or speech and language service

*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.