Competency-based education is a combination of theory and practical application and focuses on outcomes desired by today’s employers.

Increasingly popular and respected as an educational method, competency-based learning is one key way of addressing the skills gap in the U.S. workforce. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to make decisions and carry out challenging tasks in the modern workplace.




Capella University is 100% competency-based. So how does Capella know what skills are needed in the various sectors of the workforce? By taking the time to talk with leading employers and delving deep into the trends and technologies shaping each field. This extensive research leads to courses that are built around the capabilities expected of high-performing workers. What’s more, the courses are taught by faculty who have professional expertise in the area of study.

The skills you learn in your degree program are directly related to the skills you’ll be expected to demonstrate on the job. What does that mean, exactly?

Instead of multiple choice tests, Capella students complete authentic assessments that help them demonstrate specific competencies, much as they would in the workplace. Accounting students, for example, might have to analyze a balance sheet. Marketing students might be required to design a marketing plan for promoting an event or new product.

Learning in Capella courses is directed by instructors who have a firm grounding in the theory and practice of their discipline and can provide concrete examples and experiences. The knowledge you gain in class is ready to use in the career you choose.


Learn more about Capella’s competency-based learning approach and discover if it’s right for you with a one-week free trial course.