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Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Bring technology to the front of the class

Take the helm and lead your classroom, department, school building, or community to success in the digital age with the balance of technology and education innovation. Capella’s online Education Specialist, Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation degree builds on your background in technology and helps you develop strategies for classroom or digital technology integration. You’ll combine theory, research, and practice, allowing you to grow as a teacher leader and work toward digital transformation in your organization.

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

Promote innovation

Foster a collaborative and innovative culture using effective leadership strategies.

Use data to teach

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

Improve through technology

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

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.

Encourage professional growth

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

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 Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers.

Learning can take you further

Capella’s innovative online learning model can help 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

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

The EdS, Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation curriculum focuses on principles of leadership, action research, technology integration, and personalized instructional models.

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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
EDD8426 *
Technology to Enhance Innovative Teaching and Improve Learning

In this course, learners evaluate research and theory related to effective online P–12 instruction techniques and their applications in the classroom. Learners apply technology and digital media tools to improve teaching effectiveness and enhance student engagement. Learners also plan independent professional activities through the creation of four different project descriptions: an action research monograph, a program evaluation, a curriculum product, and a change management plan. Learners then select a specialization-aligned topic and create a proposal for one independent professional activity to expand and apply their knowledge. Learners also organize their Professional Showcase Portfolio and demonstrate their understanding through a critical analysis of program outcomes. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8424. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8406 *
Developing a Collaborative Culture in the Digital Age

Learners in this course focus on strengthening their understanding of the importance of developing a collaborative culture for personal and professional growth, as well as teaching, learning, and assessment in the digital age. Learners also demonstrate their skill using digital course room tools so as to collaborate with their classmates, instructor or facilitator, and members of their communities, and participate in collaborative communities of practice to develop their skills as effective communicators, teachers, and leaders. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. This course requires access to an educational institution, students, and/or classroom practitioners. Prerequisite(s): EDD8404. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8422 *
Transformational Thinking to Meet 21st-Century Skills

Learners in this course explore constructivism, project-based learning (PBL), self-regulated learning (SRL), authentic assessment strategies, the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, and information and communication technology (ICT)-based learning designs. Learners consider the research behind these approaches and strategies in their development of digital learning experiences that enhance learning growth and engagement in the classroom. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8420. 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

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Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdS in Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation degree.

Related job titles to explore*

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

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • School district
  • Private professional development organizations

*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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