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Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

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Nine Required Courses

 

 

52 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Learner should contact their advisor for sequence information.

ED8000
Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose

This is the introductory course for learners pursuing doctoral, education specialists, and post-master's certification within the School of Education. Learners in this course focus on critical thinking and scholarly writing—requisite skills for graduate study and professional practice. This course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and practice skills necessary to succeed in online learning. In keeping with Capella University's focus on the scholar-practitioner model, learners also critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to their practice. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and how it aligns with their chosen degree program and professional career aspirations.  Must be taken during the learner's first quarter.  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 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
EDD8404 *
Action Research for School Practitioners

In this course, learners gather and analyze data to inform classroom, school, or organizational decision making and/or practice. Learners use local data and empirical research to investigate and identify a problem. Learners then develop a plan to collect valid and reliable data, and evaluate and interpret the data to generate findings to inform decision making and/or practice in a local setting. Learners also design a plan to share information with stakeholders to bring about change. For EdD and EdS Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction, EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies, and EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8402 or EDD8310. 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
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
EDD8420 *
Leadership Development in the Digital Age

In this course, learners develop their leadership abilities by exploring best practice in theory and research on leading in the digital age. Learners create a personal leadership development plan based on leadership and technology research and theory, self-reflection, peer and instructor feedback, and their own personal leadership goals. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8408. 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
EDD8424 *
Current Trends in Personalized Learning and the One-to-One Environment

Learners in this course evaluate strategies for creating personalized lessons and assessments to engage, motivate, and empower students. Learners develop competency-based and problem-based learning activities, explore and evaluate adaptive learning technologies, and analyze blended learning models to support personalized learning in the classroom. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8422. 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

 

 

Total

 

 

52 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www.capella. edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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