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Competency-Based Instruction Graduate Certificate in Education Innovation and Technology

School of Education


When your role as a teacher calls for a shift in thinking about technology in your classroom, Capella’s graduate certificate in Competency-Based Instruction can help you advance your career in this constantly evolving area.

Upon completing this online certificate, you will have a strong foundation in the use of standards, outcomes, and competencies to guide curriculum and instruction decisions. You’ll gain expertise in designing authentic assessments to measure identified learning goals, and prepare to implement best practices for formative and summative assessments that encourage student-driven learning.

This certificate is part of Capella’s offerings in the field of education innovation and technology. Your experience in these courses will assist you in developing a deep understanding in the use of standards, outcomes, and competencies to guide curriculum and instruction decisions with a strong focus on technology and its application in a K-12 setting.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 core courses

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$455 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

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Competency-Based Instruction Certificate Online - Capella University

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

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Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


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

Federal work study

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

Sample courses

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Collaborative Learning Environments

This course focuses on creating systems for building, supporting, and sustaining collaborative learning. Learners evaluate structures and systems that leverage technology to provide opportunities for collaborative learning and professional collaboration. Learners explore theories, research, and models that support collaborative learning and professional learning communities, and also how to create opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively within live and virtual settings.

4 quarter credits
Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum and Instruction

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies and how they can be integrated into the curriculum. Learners build on this understanding, mapping competencies to outcomes and aligning standards to competencies and outcomes. Learners integrate competency- based curriculum and lesson planning with best-practice teaching approaches and develop competency-based classroom management techniques. This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits
Authentic Assessments and the Data-Driven Classroom

In this course, learners analyze authentic assessment as an evaluation process that includes multiple forms of performance that reflect student learning, achievement, and motivation in real-world contexts. Learners develop a variety of authentic assessment techniques, including performance assessments, portfolios, and self-assessments and collect, summarize, analyze, and apply assessment data. The course also emphasizes techniques for organizing and participating in grade-level or school-wide collaborative teams.

4 quarter credits
Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Assessments

In this course, learners utilize a variety of formative and authentic assessment techniques in an educational setting and interpret data from formative assessments to inform instruction. Learners implement adaptive learning approaches to meet the diverse needs of all learners and apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to competency-based assessment. This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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