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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Discover Your Voice as a Teacher Leader

Capella University’s online Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for teachers and administrators interested in leadership careers in higher education, corporate education, or K-12 building and district-level administration. In this program, you’ll explore current theory and research in curriculum design, instructional models, and assessment strategies for increasing student achievement. You’ll also gain the knowledge and skills to direct research-supported initiatives in curriculum and instruction leadership. 

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • 9 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start September 10th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Lead in Education Fundamentals

Develop your understanding of best practices as a leader in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Build Key Curriculum Skills

Discover your voice as a supportive collaborator in improving curriculum and ensuring success for your students.

Drive Technology Improvement

Evaluate current and future information technology to facilitate the curriculum, instruction, and assessment mission.

Master Core Theory & Research

Increase your fluency in the latest literature and research to improve current practice and theory.

Evaluate Teaching Plans

Grow your expertise in evaluating curriculum, instruction, and assessment for continuous improvement. 

Create a Culture of Learning

Find the tools to support environments and curriculum that can help students develop effective habits for learning. 

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Take Your Education Further

You can also earn two Post-Master’s Certificates, including one in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella as part of your work toward your doctoral degree. 

Applied 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. 

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
$730 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. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren't need-based and never have to be repaid.

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Accredited & Respected

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

Students in our EdD, Curriculum and Instruction program will 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

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDD8340 Supervision and Evaluation of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Programs
EDD8342 Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDD8344 Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDD8346 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Program Evaluation

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

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction degree.

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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