Curriculum & Instruction EdD - Doctor of Education

Doctor 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 
  • 16 Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start September 14th

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.

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EdD—program highlights

Capstone with focus on real-world impact

Complete a doctoral 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.

Reduce your tuition by 30%

Enroll in an eligible program and apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to save 30% on your doctoral degree.

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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. 

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.

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.

$20K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $20K 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.

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.

Foundational coursework

Core coursework will help lay the foundation for your entire program, with a focus on research, critical thinking, and setting you up for success as a doctoral student.

Capstone: doctoral project

The culminating project of the entire program, the capstone focuses on applied research to solve a specific organizational problem, improve outcomes, or resolve a gap in the field.

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Organizational Improvement Through Effective Curriculum Development and Instructional Practice

In this course, learners examine relevant theories, foundations, processes, and the application of best practices in curriculum development and instructional practice. The course addresses processes and tools learners need to meet the needs of students/trainees, with the goal of having each student/trainee meet or exceed the goals and objectives of the curriculum and instruction. Students/trainees may be those led by learners in P–12 education, higher education, military, nonprofits, and corporate organizations.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8512 *
Assessments for Improved Curriculum and Instruction

In this course, learners examine learning and assessment theories. Learners evaluate assessment models, strategies, techniques, tools, and instruments used in curriculum and instruction to achieve learning outcomes.  Prerequisite(s):  EDD8020.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8514 *
Leading in Curriculum and Instruction

In this course, learners develop a professional and collaborative approach to leading and managing the design of curriculum and instruction. This course addresses leading through the evaluation of trends and issues in curriculum and instruction.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8030.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8516 *
Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In this course, learners gain an understanding of how to work collaboratively to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course emphasizes the development of teams, benefits and challenges, skill development, fostering trusting relationships, and components and principles of collaboration.  Prerequisite(s): EDD8040.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
EDD8518 *
Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In this course, learners apply research skills associated with a problem of practice. Learners examine conceptual, theoretical, and practical foundations of designing an improvement project. Learners apply course concepts to the design of a project that addresses a problem or opportunity for improvements within the curriculum, instruction, and assessment environment. Prerequisite(s): EDD8050, EDD8516. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 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.

  • Demonstrate effective curriculum and instructional leadership practices to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Develop appropriate and effective curriculum based on theoretical and evidence-based practices.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of appropriate instructional practices and programs.
  • Evaluate and recommend appropriate assessments to improve learning outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively using research-based processes to design a project for the improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

EdD, Curriculum and Instruction career insights

EdD Student Changes Lives with a Letter

A letter to Ellen DeGeneres about her school’s success at sending kids to college wound up getting EdD student Natasha Campbell more recognition than she ever expected.

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 coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Director of assessment
  • Director of instruction
  • Director of curriculum
  • Director of instructional technology
  • Distance education specialist
  • Education specialist
  • Educational consultant
  • Full-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K–12 public or private school
  • K–12 virtual or charter school
  • School district
  • Government- local, state, federal
  • For profit curriculum development company
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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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