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Accelerate Your Career with a Doctorate in Education from Capella

Gain the credentials you need to advance your career in the education field and effect change in universities, institutions, schools and businesses. Capella's online doctoral degrees in education include K-12 through higher education specializations. And whether you're on the administrative or teaching side of education, our EdD, EdS and PhD programs are designed to fit your specific career goals.

Education Doctoral Degree (EdD) Programs

Adult Education

The Capella EDD in Adult Education curriculum reflects the most up-to-date standards and insights into education. The program was designed to hone your inquiry, analysis, communication, decision-making, and leadership abilities. These skills will then be deployed to address critical, real-world problems.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Adult Education.

Curriculum and Instruction

Successful graduates of Capella's online Doctor of Education (EDD) in Curriculum and Instruction program have gone on to exemplary careers as faculty, superintendent, provost, curriculum director of schools and other leadership roles. This program is designed for teachers and administrators wanting to be in a position to guide the curriculum and implement improvement initiatives focused on increasing student achievement.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Educational Leadership and Management

Capella University's online doctorate in educational leadership has customarily served those in higher education along with P-12 teachers, as well as those in government, corporate and nonprofit positions looking to take on a leadership role in their organization. With your degree, you'll be able to provide the kinds of skills that affect positive change in schools. Your coursework will cover topics including finance, human resources, operations, change management, decision-making, curriculum and instruction improvement processes, cultural competency, and advocacy.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management.

Reading and Literacy

Designed around national education standards in the field, this program is one of a select few available online. Among the highlights, the curriculum covers program development and management, assessment and evaluation, data-driven decision-making, and district, state, and national policies that can affect how reading is taught.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Reading and Literacy.

Performance Improvement Leadership

Capella University’s online EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership is designed for experienced career professionals seeking to attain leadership roles within a P-12, higher ed, or corporate environment. This program can help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategic and tactical issues to be addressed in performance improvement interventions.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership.

Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation

Capella’s online EdD specialization, Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation, gives you the tools you need to balance technology and education innovation leadership in your career. You can gain essential skills as you work toward your career goals, using Capella’s comprehensive approach. One of the most innovative and flexible online doctoral programs available, this program can prepare you to make an immediate impact, innovate, and lead in the field of education.

Courses in this program guide you through this applied research doctorate, preparing you with the critical skills you need to become a technology leader in K–12.

Learn more about earning an online EdD with the Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation specialization.

Personalized Competency-Based Instruction

Designed with a focus on current theory and research in curriculum design, Capella University’s innovative online EdD specialization, Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction, supports learning through a competency-based learning approach that harnesses personalized instructional models and assessment strategies. You will focus on increasing student achievement as supported by current research and technology.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction.

Why Choose Capella


Capella University is an accredited online university dedicated to providing an exceptional, professionally-aligned education. Our degree programs are designed to meet standards established by professional associations and accrediting bodies — so you gain skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to your career goals.

As a Capella student, you'll benefit from a competency-based curriculum that combines foundational theory with real-world application and through our online campus, as you work with experienced faculty and your classmates in highly interactive course rooms.


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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.