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Educational Leadership and Management Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education


Capella’s Educational Leadership and Management Certificate must be taken as part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Adult Education, or following the successful completion of Capella’s Leadership and Accountability Certificate.

This Educational Leadership and Management Certificate prepares you to take the lead in adult learning, whatever your organization, with a focus on facilitating communication and collaboration.

This certificate program helps you develop effective leadership, management, and program planning skills in a variety of adult education settings, including governmental, educational, industrial, or nonprofit organizations. Additionally, you will learn innovative approaches to adult learning theories and the current issues as you build your expertise as an adult education professional.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses

Classes Start December 2nd

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. 

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
$14,900 estimated tuition*
$745 per credit, 24 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Educational Leadership & Management 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

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.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

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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EDD8320 *
Collaboration in Leading and Managing a Culture of Learning

This course explores the relational side of organizations and individual and group interactions and behaviors. Topics include individual and organizational values and beliefs, development of organizational norms, and the role of strong organizational cultures in achieving organizational goals. Learners assess their own strengths as leaders and influencers and examine the impact of cultural diversity and responsiveness on educational effectiveness. This course builds on previous study of systems principles applied to continuous improvement cycles, the power of collaboration, and the characteristics of learning organizations.  For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8306. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8322 *
Leading and Managing Change

In this course, learners work collaboratively at their capstone sites and review literature to identify problems and discuss potential strategies to bring about improvement. Learners demonstrate inquiry, analysis, communication, leadership skills and the ability to evaluate and interpret needs assessment data. Learners develop a data-informed problem statement acceptable to their site. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8320. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8324 *
Leading and Managing the Application of Organizational Theory

In this course, learners apply the leadership and management competencies gained from previous coursework as they analyze the organizational dynamics of their capstone site. Learners engage with stakeholders, capstone site data, and scholarly literature to build their understanding of the problem, the proposed solution, and the dynamics of effecting change/improvement, leading to a plan of action for their capstone project. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8322. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8328 *
Reflection and Planning in Education Leadership and Management

In this course, learners examine and reflect on the multiple internal and external forces that impact and shape their current or future roles as educational leaders and managers. Learners integrate educational theories with practice in the planning of an applied capstone project proposal specifically designed to address a real-life problem that generates measureable improvements. For EdD and Post- Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8324. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

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