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Capella’s online education specialist (EdS) degree with a Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies specialization helps you adopt the leadership skills needed to build a culture of effective teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and district. This new specialization focuses on leadership fundamentals within the K–12 environment. Learners in this program can expect to develop a deep understanding of how teaching and learning is evolving and where in the school community a teacher leader can most effectively guide colleagues and students. With no dissertation or capstone experience required for completion, this program is designed to help you quickly develop the practical knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need for educational leadership at the school or district level.

And, if you want to take your learning experience further, Capella’s innovative online learning model will support your goals by helping you continue from the EdS to a doctoral program.

This program is part of Capella University’s Professional Education Unit, which is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

To learn more about this program, request more information and we will match you with an enrollment counselor who specializes in your area of study.

This program is designed around the advanced standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Degree Outcomes

An EdS degree with a Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies specialization from Capella will provide leadership methodologies for creating professional learning communities among fellow teachers, administrators, and other school leaders. The program also builds expertise in engaging with students from diverse backgrounds, with approaches based on both traditional forms of interaction and digital technology, in order to promote success in reading and literacy as a lifelong value.

Discover more about this program and how you can apply what you'll learn.

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People with Doctoral degrees in Education from Capella earn an average of $21,000 more per year than people who only hold a Master's degree.

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Career Outcomes

Graduates with an online EdS degree with a Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies specialization can look forward to career opportunities in a variety of roles, such as teachers and leaders within school districts, assessment or instructional directors, superintendents, reading and literacy department specialists, department chairs, and staff in local or state education agencies.