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Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

Engage & Grow as a K-12 Teacher

Focus on leadership fundamentals in the K-12 environment with an education specialist (EdS) degree. Capella’s online EdS, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies degree can help you develop leadership skills to create a culture of effective teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and district.

You’ll build practical knowledge, skills, and attitudes for guiding curriculum and instruction initiatives, mentoring and coaching other teachers, and leading at the school or district level.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 9 Core Courses

Classes Start January 7th

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 WINTER)

What You’ll Learn

Promote a Collaborative Culture

Apply adult learning theory to create professional learning communities among fellow teachers, administrators, and other school leaders.

Use Teaching & Learning Theory

Develop best practices for modeling and promoting action research based on current best practices and learning theory.

Build Learning Improvement Tools

Create formative and summative assessments, then use them to develop instruction and improve student learning.

Advocate for Student Learning

Grow your potential to advocate for the teaching profession and for policies that help students learn.

Promote Current Technology

Stay on top of recent technology, digital tools, and innovations as they apply in the classroom, school, and district.

Model Professionalism

Encourage positive teacher traits, including fairness, ethical conduct, lifelong learning, personal development, and more.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned

This program is designed around leading professional standards, including such organizations as the Association of Teacher Educators.

Learning You Can Take Further

Capella’s innovative online learning model will support 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. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$730 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. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid. 

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

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 & Respected

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, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies coursework focuses on such topics as curriculum and instruction, promoting cultures of change, and using data-driven decision-making and action research to improve educational outcomes.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDD8358 Teaching Mentoring and Coaching
EDD8354 Cultural Competence in Schools and Communities
EDD8352 Innovation in Teaching and Learning
EDD8350 Emerging Technology Trends in Education

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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

Relevant Blog Posts

5 Reasons to Incorporate Technology into Your Classroom

Find out how technology engages active learners, facilitates collaboration, and helps teachers succeed.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online EdS in Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • College instructor
  • Educational consultant
  • K-12 alternative school teacher
  • K-12 teacher
  • K-12 vocational teacher
  • School curriculum coach

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Alternative school
  • Charter school
  • Community college
  • Federal department of education agency
  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 vocational school
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Regional service center
  • School district office
  • State department of education agency

*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?

Learning online doesn't mean going it alone. Help is here. From faculty, coaches, advisors, and more. Plus a supportive community of students who are as passionate about their careers as you are about yours.