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Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Effect change in traditional education settings

Ready to plug your classroom, school, or institution into current trends and theory? Capella University’s online Education Specialist, Personalized, and Competency-Based Instruction degree  helps prepare you for leadership in the areas of personalized and competency-based learning, as well as curriculum design. By focusing on innovative and timely theory, research, and practice, you’ll learn to apply educational theory in classroom, building, district, university, and corporate settings to design instruction that meets students' personalized needs.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core courses

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

Use technology effectively

Gather and analyze data to design and deliver instructional programs that increase student achievement.

Apply research & theory

Use research-based assessment strategies to teach students real-world concepts and skills.

Gather & analyze data

Apply theoretical and research-based leadership principles to design, evaluate, and deliver competency-based curriculum.

Expand your expertise

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

Conduct action-based research

Use structures, systems, and technology to provide opportunities for collaborative learning and culture-building.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally aligned

Curriculum is designed around leading standards, including the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers.

Take your learning further

Our innovative online learning model supports your goals by helping you continue from the EdS to a doctoral 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, 52 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
EdS

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

Sample courses

Our EdS, Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction curriculum aims to increase student achievement by focusing on theory and research in curriculum design, competency-based learning, instructional models, and assessment strategies.

Support to reach the finish line

You’ll get 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.

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EDD8430 *
Advanced Theories and Concepts in Competency-Based Learning

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively use technology to promote and support instructional improvement. Learners research instruction and curriculum development as well as student and educator performance. Learners also analyze effective data management while promoting best practices in learning, assessment and instructional improvement in their classrooms, schools, and communities. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8408. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8408 *
Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data, and Best Practices

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate the skills needed to effectively use technology to promote and support instructional improvement. Learners research instruction and curriculum development and student and educator performance, and demonstrate effective data management while promoting best practices in learning, assessment and instructional improvement in their classrooms, schools, and communities. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction, EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation, and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8404 or EDD8406. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8402 *
Leadership Principles in Technology Integration, Innovation, and School Improvement

Learners in this course examine and demonstrate their understanding of theory and research on leading school change and improvement initiatives and explore research-based principles and platforms for leading technology integration in a district, school, and classroom setting. Learners develop a technology integration plan that incorporates theoretical and research-based best practice approaches for supporting learning and engagement within a district, school, or classroom. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8000. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8434 *
Implementing a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning Curriculum

In this course, learners develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to develop and implement both a competency-based curriculum and a personalized-learning curriculum. Throughout the course, learners develop instructional plans, create activities that utilize technology, promote thinking and reflection, and collect learning data in both competency- based and personalized-learning curriculums using standards, outcomes, research-based assessment strategies to inform practice. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8432. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

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

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

Faculty

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.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our EdS in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • K-12 teacher
  • Teacher leader
  • Director of personalized learning
  • Education technology specialist
  • Education consultant
  • Supervisor of instructional technology

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • School district

*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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