Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation EdD - Doctor of Education

Doctor of Education

Lead others through technology

Help your building, district, or organization improve strategies and student achievement through technology. Capella’s online Doctor of Education, Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation degree lets you build off your technology background to help others. It guides the development of strategies for increasing instructional effectiveness by using digital technology in the classroom.

By providing experiences that comprise theory, research, and practice, the Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation degree can help you promote technology and innovation and grow as a teacher leader.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core courses
  • Capstone

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What you’ll learn

Promote technology

Lead improvements in instruction, assessment, and student learning outcomes through digital innovations.

Support innovative instruction

Model and promote professional attitudes, values, and beliefs about digital transformation that support learning and development in students and colleagues.

Communicate effectively

Gain knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with diverse student populations, their families, and other professionals.

Encourage collaboration

Lead an innovative culture by engaging in critical reflection, analysis, and problem-solving to foster growth and improvement.

Investigate teacher development

Use research to improve educator practice to meet the learning needs of diverse populations.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally aligned

Our curriculum is designed around leading industry standards, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Apply research to make an impact

In lieu of a dissertation, Capella’s doctoral capstone allows you to use action research to solve a problem in your field.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$745 per credit, 64 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

$10K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $10K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help you fund your doctoral degree.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

The EdD, Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation curriculum examines principles of leadership, action research, technology integration, personalized instructional models, and collaborative platforms to help student and school improvement.

Support to reach the finish line

You’ll get dedicated support early in your program, so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor to help you along the way.

Doctoral capstone

Develop your project, write your findings, and demonstrate your use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap in the field.

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EDD8408 *
Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data, and Best Practices

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate the skills needed to effectively use technology to promote and support instructional improvement. Learners research instruction and curriculum development and student and educator performance, and demonstrate effective data management while promoting best practices in learning, assessment and instructional improvement in their classrooms, schools, and communities. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction, EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation, and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8404 or EDD8406. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8426 *
Technology to Enhance Innovative Teaching and Improve Learning

In this course, learners evaluate research and theory related to effective online P–12 instruction techniques and their applications in the classroom. Learners apply technology and digital media tools to improve teaching effectiveness and enhance student engagement. Learners also plan independent professional activities through the creation of four different project descriptions: an action research monograph, a program evaluation, a curriculum product, and a change management plan. Learners then select a specialization-aligned topic and create a proposal for one independent professional activity to expand and apply their knowledge. Learners also organize their Professional Showcase Portfolio and demonstrate their understanding through a critical analysis of program outcomes. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8424. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8406 *
Developing a Collaborative Culture in the Digital Age

Learners in this course focus on strengthening their understanding of the importance of developing a collaborative culture for personal and professional growth, as well as teaching, learning, and assessment in the digital age. Learners also demonstrate their skill using digital course room tools so as to collaborate with their classmates, instructor or facilitator, and members of their communities, and participate in collaborative communities of practice to develop their skills as effective communicators, teachers, and leaders. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. This course requires access to an educational institution, students, and/or classroom practitioners. Prerequisite(s): EDD8404. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8422 *
Transformational Thinking to Meet 21st-Century Skills

Learners in this course explore constructivism, project-based learning (PBL), self-regulated learning (SRL), authentic assessment strategies, the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, and information and communication technology (ICT)-based learning designs. Learners consider the research behind these approaches and strategies in their development of digital learning experiences that enhance learning growth and engagement in the classroom. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8420. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

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Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

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Exploring 5 Non-Teaching Careers in K-12 Education

Technology use and integration in education is growing, with career options in and outside the classroom.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdD in Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Academic affairs vice president
  • Community college president
  • Dean
  • Director of training and development
  • Full-time, adjunct, or part-time faculty
  • Director of school improvement
  • District assessment coordinator
  • K-12 leadership
  • Teacher

Related employment settings to explore

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • Governmental education agency
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • K–12 public, private, or charter school
  • Research and policy organization
  • State education department

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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