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Educational Leadership and Management Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Expand Your Mind, Expand Your Options

Are you ready to apply your leadership qualities to the complexities of a changing education system? Capella’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Management can help you do just that. Our EdD curriculum focuses on the leadership and management competencies of successful educational professionals. This program can help you strengthen your inquiry, analysis, communication, and decision-making expertise to address critical, real-world problems. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start October 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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Prepare to Lead

Lead and manage change in educational organizations.

Promote Collaboration

Encourage and manage a culture of learning. 

Foster a Culture of Diversity

Lead and value a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Demonstrate Expert Communication Skills

Learn exceptional communication techniques.

Master Decision-Making Skills

Make evidence-informed decisions.

Design & Apply Research

Lead innovation through inquiry and research.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

Curriculum is designed around standards of respected organizations in the field of education.

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

The EdD in Education Leadership and Management degree coursework covers finance, human resources, operations, change management, decision-making, curriculum and instruction improvement processes, cultural competency, and advocacy.

Doctoral Capstone

Effect change with a research project addressing real-world issues in lieu of a dissertation as the final scholarly demonstration. 

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDD8322 Leading and Managing Change
EDD8320 Collaboration in Leading and Managing a Culture of Learning
EDD8324 Leading and Managing the Application of Organizational Theory
EDD8306 Systems and Theories of Organizational Dynamics and Change

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.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our EdD in Education Leadership and Management degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • President
  • Provost
  • Vice president for student affairs
  • Director of academic advising
  • Director of adult basic education

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public, private, or charter school
  • State education department
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Adult education program
  • Continuing education program
  • Research and policy organization

*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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Ready for the Next Step?

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