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PHD Doctor of Philosophy in Education Training and Performance Improvement specialization

Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online training and performance improvement degree often pursue chief learning officer, director-level, consulting or higher education faculty positions in training, performance improvement, instructional design or career counseling.


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

  • Corporation
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Health care
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military
  • P–12 education (organizational performance)

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Chief learning officer
  • Curriculum director
  • Director of academic improvement programs
  • Director of corporate training
  • Full-time faculty
  • Learning director
  • Manager of education
  • Staff development director
  • Training and performance consultant
  • Training coordinator

*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 across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

Capella's School of Education doctoral graduates report satisfaction with tasks and responsibilities and salary and benefits. Over 50% of graduates work in higher education; an additional 25% work in P-12 environments.


Satisfaction with Job Doctoral Degree Graduates

Percentage of respondents who answered "satisfied" or "very satisfied".

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.

Our School of Education doctoral graduates report receiving salary increases and getting recognition from employers for their Capella degrees. Just over half have presented at a conference or published an article, book or monograph. Over 40% of those surveyed have advanced in their careers.

Improvement in Skills &Abilities Education Doctoral Graduates


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 Q3 2011 – Q2 2012.