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A doctoral project provides the opportunity for you to apply action research to solve a real problem in your field.
Create artifacts in your courses and use them as teaching tools in
Access resources such as our EdD Success Pathways tool and support
services to help you succeed throughout your doctoral journey.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $10K Capella Progress
Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.
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.
Expand your approach to encouraging a culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
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.
We have more than 200 faculty members who teach in our P-12 programs,
many of whom also teach and work in districts across the country,
providing authentic experiences around best practices and innovative
Elena Kays, PhD, MA, BFA
Dr. Elena Kays is the department chair within the College of Business, Technology, Education, and Public Service Leadership at Capella University. She is an award-winning pioneer in the development of innovative online programs, as well as her own groundbreaking research on emergent online environments. Kays is the recipient of the 2010 Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award and the NUTN 2010 Distance Education Innovation Award for the Educational Leadership and Management EdD courses.
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A more structured learning format with an active peer community and
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“I was able to utilize my capstone project to develop school improvement plans for the Georgia Department of Education, simultaneously fulfilling the requirements of my Doctor of Education degree while applying the same work to my role as the deputy superintendent of school improvement.”
Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.
The EdD, Education Leadership coursework covers finance, human resources, operations, change management, decision-making, curriculum and instruction improvement processes, cultural competency, and advocacy. With your capstone, you'll effect change with a research project that addresses real-world issues in lieu of a dissertation.
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.
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.
Educational Leadership by Design
Learners in this course continue the study of systems thinking and foundational leadership concepts and apply them to workplace environments. Learners examine systems thinking, use of systems tools, and inquiry and design cycles as ways to maximize available resources to solve problems under conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity. This course emphasizes the importance of evidence-based reasoning and critical analyses as essential skills of practitioners who plan action research interventions or engage in the design and implementation of any improvement process. Prerequisite(s): EDD8010, completion or concurrent registration in EDD8020. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Leading a Culture of Learning and Inclusion
In this course, learners explore the role of culture in supporting an organization's ability to learn, improve, and successfully adapt to a changing environment, and the leader's role in shaping it. Learners focus on patterns of behaviors within organizations, as well as the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the inclusive leader that support values of diversity and equity in organizational culture and in organizational development and improvement processes. Additionally, learners examine the characteristics and theoretical bases of cultural awareness, sensitivity and responsiveness, and their roles in achieving the goals of a learning organization. Prerequisite(s): EDD8520. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
The Future of Educational Leadership
Learners in this course demonstrate leadership skills that support the ability to exercise influence regardless of position in an organization and the importance of deep knowledge and understanding of internal and external environmental factors impacting an educational organization. This course emphasizes ongoing learning about current research and future trends in education in a rapidly changing environment. Learners also examine social influence and communication skills, commitment rather than compliance, empowerment of others, creative practice, and management of self, along with a robust professional knowledge base as they consider ways to build the capacity of an organization to envision its future. Prerequisite(s): EDD8520. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Change Leadership in a Learning Organization
In this course, learners focus on leading and managing organizational change processes. Learners evaluate several change models, and examine the theory and practice of change leadership and the application of collaboration and communication skills that lead to organizational learning and desired outcomes. Learners apply knowledge of systems thinking and tools, organizational development principles, and research methods to planning, implementing, and monitoring improvement interventions. Prerequisite(s): EDD8520, EDD8522, EDD8524. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Assessment and Evaluation in the Learning Organization
In this course, learners examine the varied purposes of evaluation and evaluation models and how and when to apply them. Evaluation and assessment processes are framed as learning tools leading to new knowledge and understanding with a focus on emergent and evidence-based recommendations to determine next steps leading to ongoing cycles of continuous improvement. The course emphasizes reflective practice, data literacy, research reasoning, and habits of mind as leadership characteristics that support a continuous personal and organizational learning process. Prerequisite(s): EDD8030, EDD8526. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
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Once an avid TED talk viewer, Capella EdD graduate Jeffery Huston
became a TEDx presenter, sharing his passion in systems
Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with an
EdD specializing in educational leadership and management.
*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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