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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
  • Internship

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

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.

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. 

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, 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. 


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.

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 & 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 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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED8533 Advanced Curriculum Mapping: Reflection and Practice
ED8538 Advanced Curriculum and Instruction: Program Evaluation
ED8536 Advanced Application of Research for the Improvement of Curriculum and Instruction
ED7537 Emerging Technology and Multimedia for Curriculum and Instruction

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.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


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.

Move Forward in Your Career

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*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Director of assessment
  • Director of instruction
  • District curriculum director
  • Full-time faculty
  • K-12 teacher
  • Program administrator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Adult education program
  • Charter school
  • Community or technical college
  • Continuing education program
  • For-profit curriculum development company
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Military education
  • Nonprofit organization
  • K-12 public or private school
  • Research and policy organization
  • School district office
  • State education department

*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?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.