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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Lead change in Curriculum & Instruction

Take on a leadership role and make a lasting impact on student performance on local and district levels. Capella's online Education Specialist, Curriculum, and Instruction degree will help you build on your master’s experience and increase your knowledge and effectiveness. Study theory, practice and assessment, reflection, collaboration, and leadership, and gain the practical experience needed to foster and guide improvement initiatives. You’ll also dive deep on designing, assessing, and collaborating for the best ways to help your students.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 2 Core courses
  • 8 Specialization courses
  • 2 Internships

Classes Start December 2nd

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 Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Design effective curricula

Develop curricula that reflect professional research, current trends, and community and societal needs.

Assess learning design

Design, instruct, and assess student learning.

Keep ahead of trends

Lead in the fields of curriculum and instruction.

Work together

Collaborate with key educational players for the improvement of curriculum and instruction.

Conduct viable research

Conduct and evaluate research to enrich curriculum practice and theory.

EdS in Curriculum and Instruction program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Credit toward your next degree

Some credits from the EdS degree program may be applied toward the requirements for a subsequent Capella PhD degree program.

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, 48 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. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Student Success Story

"There was a wide spectrum of students from all over the world, many of whom were currently working in education, so we received an amazing opportunity to learn how other education systems handle the work."

Mary Larson

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

Education Specialist sample courses

The online EdS, Curriculum and Instruction coursework focuses on theory, practice, and assessment. You’ll gain new skills in collaboration and leadership, and get the practical experience needed to foster and guide improvement initiatives.

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ED8533 *
Advanced Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice

Learners in this course formulate a research-based professional vision for curriculum design and develop a curriculum for a specific content and grade-level application using advanced computer-based curriculum mapping applications. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Curriculum and Instruction: Program Evaluation

Learners in this course develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for effective program evaluation. The course focuses on trends, issues, and initiatives related to data-based decision making, which is one of the desired outcomes of program evaluation. Through the process of reflection and practical application, learners become familiar with the integral role program evaluation plays in the improvement of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Learners who have taken ED5538 should not take ED8538. Rather, they should choose any other PhD level course in the School of Education to fulfill their specialization requirements. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
ED8536 *
Advanced Application of Research for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction

Learners in this course examine current research as a basis for data-driven decision making and develop advanced research designs that contribute to data-driven decision making at the school or district level. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
Emerging Technology and Multimedia for Curriculum and Instruction

Through an examination of research and literature, learners examine current trends and issues related to the impact of technology and multimedia on P–12 student teaching and learning. Based on a review of the literature, learners develop course projects that include the design of curriculum, instruction, and assessments enhanced through innovative technology and multimedia applications. The course provides real-world skills, tools, and field experiences designed to support school and district leaders and instructional support staff. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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Curriculum and Instruction professional paths

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

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
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K–12 public or private school
  • K–12 virtual or charter school
  • School district
  • State department of education
  • 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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