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Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Build a culture of learning

Make your voice heard at the school or district level. Capella’s online Education Specialist, Leadership in Educational Administration degree prepares you to be an ethical and innovative leader in the K-12 field with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of an ever-changing education system. Our rigorous curriculum will give you the tools to build off a culture of learning and a shared vision of education. Choose a concentration in School or District Leadership, and upon completion, you'll be prepared to pursue licensure as a K-12 principal or superintendent in most states.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 2 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 4 Concentration 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

Create a shared vision

Learn to create and maintain a shared vision of learning in your school or district.

Promote achievement

Promote success in your learning environment for everyone, including students, teachers, employees, and stakeholders.

Develop a culture of learning

Lead the way in the development of a culture of learning.

Manage learning spaces

Manage educational environments to make sure they’re effective and working for all students and educators.

Work with stakeholders

Effectively and professionally collaborate with multiple stakeholders, ensuring needs from all sides are met.

Lead ethically

Use your influence to lead in the field of education in an ethical and professional manner.

EdS, Leadership and Educational Administration program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

State approval

We’re state-approved in Minnesota to help you prepare for the Building/District Level Administration License.


This state-approved program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).

CAEP Accredited

Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation.

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 EdS, Leadership in Educational Administration curriculum focuses on the exploration of research, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills needed to be a leader in the current K-12 environment.

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Principles of Educational Administration

This course presents an overview of principles of P–12 education leadership theory and practice aligned with five Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) standards. The course incorporates multimedia, including embedded simulations, to enhance presentation and understanding of concepts and issues in school or district leadership and administration. Learners also examine business and public administration models and explore theoretical constructs from various disciplines. This course requires interaction with practicing school or district administrators and 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
ED7541 *
Teacher Supervision and Evaluation

Learners in this course examine current theories and best practices of teacher supervision and evaluation. In particular, learners focus on instructional leadership and professional development as part of a systemic plan to improve student learning. 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
ED7822 *
The Funding of Educational Institutions

Learners in this course examine a variety of public education funding issues. In particular, learners examine the effect of litigation and politics on present and future funding patterns and school finance reform. Learners also identify the ways politics have affected the allocation of resources at all levels of government. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Leading Diverse Schools

In this course, learners evaluate approaches to creating an inclusive school environment that demonstrates respect and value for diverse staff and student populations. Learners assess communication and collaboration strategies that leverage the strengths of diversity to create an effective learning environment and examine the institutional, political, and legal factors that influence the ways schools address diversity issues. 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

Prepare for licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support outside the courseroom to help you begin work immediately toward that next step in your career.

Dedicated support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation.

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 experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Leadership and Educational Administration professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Director of instructional technology
  • Director for student services
  • Testing coordinator
  • Assistant superintendent
  • District program director
  • Curriculum director
  • Full-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • School district office
  • Government- local, state, federal
  • 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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