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Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies Specialization Education Specialist

School of Education

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Nine Required Courses

 

 

52 quarter credits

All courses taken in a prescribed sequence:

Learners 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
EDD8310 *
Research and Theory of Effective Teacher Leadership

Learners in this course build and apply an understanding of the ways teacher leaders fulfill important roles in K–12 settings. Learners develop skills needed to lead students and other teachers as well as to participate in shared decision making. In addition, learners explore the theory and current research that underlies high-quality teacher leadership within the classroom and outside of it. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8000. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8350 *
Emerging Technology Trends in Education

In this course, learners investigate theories, research, and current and emerging trends in technology that impact K–12 education. Learners examine these impacts from the planning stage through instruction, assessment, data collection, and analysis. Topics include Digital Bloom’s taxonomy, blended learning, the significance of digital citizenship, and the use of learning management systems for teaching and managing student data. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8408. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8352 *
Innovation in Teaching and Learning

In this course, learners evaluate the intersection of technology knowledge, content knowledge, and pedagogical knowledge (TPACK) and apply it to technology used in the 21st-century classroom to provide creative experiences that enhance learning. In addition, learners gain and demonstrate an understanding of the use of problem-based learning, personalized learning, adaptive learning, and a variety of digital and multimedia tools. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8350. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8354 *
Cultural Competence in Schools and Communities

Learners in this course analyze personal cultural awareness and gain cultural competence to successfully educate students from diverse backgrounds. Learners examine sensitivities and develop skills that underlie culturally responsive teaching. Topics include the value and dynamics of diversity, cultural self-awareness, and ways to institutionalize cultural knowledge. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8352. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8356 *
Data Analysis and Transforming Assessments

In this course, learners administer meaningful assessments and interpret data to improve the teaching practice. Learners explore ways to collect assessment data and apply it for classroom improvement. Throughout the course, learners gain an understanding of formative and summative assessment and authentic assessment techniques. Learners also analyze data at the classroom, school, and district level, and examine the use of technology to transform assessment in K–12 classrooms. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8354. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8358 *
Teacher Mentoring and Coaching

In this course, learners gain knowledge of teacher performance assessment and evaluation systems as well as coaching and mentoring models and techniques and apply the skills necessary to mentor and coach new and veteran teachers. Learners identify independent professional activities related to these topics 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. In addition, learners organize their Professional Showcase Portfolio and demonstrate their understanding through a critical analysis of program outcomes. For EdD and EdS Teacher Leader in K–12 Studies learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8356. 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
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

 

 

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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