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Total program credits needed for graduation: 92

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 877.225.2707, 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:

Twenty-Four Required Courses, 88 quarter credits

ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose (4 quarter credits)
ED8112
Educational Research Methods (4 quarter credits)
ED8102*
Introduction to Qualitative Research (4 quarter credits)
ED8132*
Educational Quantitative Research 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7108
Imperatives for Educational Leaders (4 quarter credits)
ED7088
Applying Research in an Academic Writing Process (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

40 quarter credits.

ED7541
Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
ED7545*
Special Education Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED7550*
Leadership for Director of Special Education (4 quarter credits)
ED7551*
Special Education Curriculum and Instructional Strategies (4 quarter credits)
ED7552*
Special Education Law and Finance (4 quarter credits)
ED7554*
Internship for Director of Special Education 1 (4 quarter credits)
ED7555*
Internship for Director of Special Education 2 (4 quarter credits)
ED7820
Principles of Educational Administration (4 quarter credits)
ED7822
The Funding of Educational Institutions (4 quarter credits)
ED7823
Education and the Law (4 quarter credits)

 

Elective Course

4 quarter credits

Choose 1 elective course.

Recommended elective courses:

ED7014
Leading Diverse Schools (4 quarter credit)

OR

Choose any graduate course(s).

Dissertation Research Seminars

9 quarter credits

ED-R8925
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 (3 quarter credits)
ED-R8926
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2* (3 quarter credits)
ED-R8927
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3* (3 quarter credits)

Comprehensive Exam

3 quarter credits

Upon completion of all course work

EDCN9919*
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 quarter credits)

Dissertation

12 quarter credits

Learners must register for EDCN9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their Specialization requirements.

EDCN9960*
Dissertation Courseroom (3 quarter credits each)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella.edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators has approved the Special Education Leadership program for special education director preparation.

Learners in the PhD Special Education Leadership specialization are required to take the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) test to successfully complete their program. To be recommended for licensure learners must pass the Praxis II Series Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision (0411 or 5411) with a score of 145. Learners must identify Capella University as a recipient to ensure the score report is sent to the university. Learners are responsible for any costs associated with this assessment.

Arkansas residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this program.

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, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you must complete three four-day residencies (ED-R8925, ED-R8926, ED-R8927).

What Can I Expect?

Most students take one to two 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 16 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 877.225.2707, 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.