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Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies Specialization Doctor of Education

School of Education

Lead Change in Schools and Districts

Build a culture of effective teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and district. Capella’s online Doctor of Education, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies degree prepares you for a leadership role in education as well as mentoring and coaching other teachers. Gain the skills to raise meaningful collaboration in your school, use data to help improve teacher performance and student learning, and advocate for teachers and students. Our comprehensive approach will guide you through this applied research doctorate, allowing you the knowledge that today’s teacher leaders need.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start January 7th

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 WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Encourage Collaboration

Impact student learning by promoting effective partnerships, mentorships, and instruction among stakeholders.

Improve Through Technology

Lead the way in improvements in instruction, assessment, and student learning outcomes using digital innovations.

Use Data to Teach

Use research to improve the practice of teaching and student learning.

Promote Tech Usage

Encourage the use of new and evolving technologies to help student learning in a digital age.

Embrace Diversity

Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Grow Professionally

Engage in the critical reflection, analysis, and problem-solving that lead to professional growth and improvement.

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.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

This program is designed around leading standards, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers.

Apply 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

The EdD, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies curriculum will help you use research-based instruction to encourage culture change in schools, promote collaboration, and support the needs of 21st century teachers and students.

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
EDD8358 Teaching, Mentoring, and Coaching
EDD8354 Cultural Competence in Schools and Communities
EDD8352 Innovation in Teaching and Learning
EDD8350 Emerging Technology Trends in Education

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 Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Academic affairs vice president
  • Community college president
  • Dean
  • Director of grant writing
  • Director of training and development
  • Full-time, adjunct, or part-time faculty
  • Provost
  • Charter school director
  • Curriculum director or specialist
  • Director of school improvement
  • District assessment coordinator
  • K-12 leadership

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Community college
  • Continuing education program
  • For-profit institution
  • Governmental education agency
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • K-12 public, private, charter, or alternative school
  • Research and policy organization
  • State education department
  • Technical college

*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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