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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Take the lead as an education professional

Making significant, relevant changes in education starts with passionate academic professionals. You can build on your expertise to become an informed decision-maker and innovative leader. Earning an EdD from Capella University can help you reach this goal.

With our online EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, you can develop research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to build an effective learning environment, whether it's a classroom, school, district, university, or corporation. Use what you learn to take your role as an educator and administrator further—into a leadership role.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • 9 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start July 8th

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 SPRING)

EdD—program highlights

Action-research capstone

Complete a doctoral capstone project to build applicable solutions to real-world problems within your organization.

Expertise in applied technology

Evaluate current and future instructional technology to further enable and facilitate curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Flexible, engaging online learning

Participate in course discussions and activities demonstrating innovative and timely theory, research, and practice.

No residencies

Designed to be completed without residencies or other in-person learning experiences, this wholly online program can help you complete your degree as flexibly as possible.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Earn up to two post-master's certificates, including one in curriculum and instruction from Capella as part of your coursework.

Resources and academic support

Access resources such as our EdD Success Pathways tool and support services to help you succeed throughout your doctoral journey.

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.

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

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.

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
$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.

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

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.

Reduce your tuition by $10K

Enroll in your doctorate degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $10K.

Federal work study

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

EdD sample courses

As a student in our EdD, Curriculum and Instruction program, you’ll participate in discussions and activities that provide practical skills, as well as projects that demonstrate current theory, research, and practice in curriculum and instruction.

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.

Show course with description
EDD8340 *
Supervision and Evaluation of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Programs

In this course, learners examine current theories and best practices of supervision and evaluation of curriculum, assessment and instruction programs at the K–12, higher education, and corporate levels. Learners focus on instructional leadership, program effectiveness and professional development of professional teaching staff as part of a systemic plan to improve student learning. Learners continue to use action research methods to evaluate curricular programs, identify problems, and evaluate performance. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8306. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8342 *
Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Learners focus on developing a professional and collaborative approach to leading and managing the design of curriculum mapping. Following an overview of curriculum mapping, learners apply concepts of curriculum mapping and the use of technology as a tool. Learners engage in all aspects involved: mission and vision, planning, collaboration with stakeholders, providing support through effective leadership, and planning for evaluation. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8340. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8344 *
Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Learners in this course focus on the design and evaluation of instructional models and assessment strategies to meet the diverse needs of students. Learners analyze theory and research support, innovative instructional models, and assessment strategies to develop specific content-area and grade-level applications for improved student achievement. Learners also examine issues and trends related to new and emerging instructional models and assessment strategies. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8342. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8348 *
Reflection and Planning in Curriculum and Instruction

In this course, learners examine and reflect on the multiple internal and external forces that impact and shape their current or future roles as leaders who support curriculum and instruction. Learners integrate curriculum and instruction theory and practice in an applied project. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Curriculum and Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8344. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Enhance your skills as a driver of positive change in curriculum and instruction development.

  • Grow as a leader in education fundamentals, including curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Build key skills for improving curriculum and ensuring student success.
  • Facilitate the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment through current and future information technology.

  • Increase your fluency in the latest literature and research to improve current practice and theory.
  • Expand your capacity for continuous improvement by evaluating curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Discover ways to encourage and manage a culture of learning.

EdD, Curriculum and Instruction career insights

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EdD, Curriculum and Instruction—professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with an EdD, Curriculum and Instruction.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Curriculum director
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Director of assessment
  • Director of instructional technology
  • Director of instruction
  • Distance education specialist
  • Full-time, adjunct or part-time faculty
  • K-12 leadership
  • K-12 teacher

Related employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public, private, or charter school
  • School district office
  • State education department
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • For profit curriculum development company
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Adult education program

*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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