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PhD in Education Program

School of Education

Funnel your passion for education into expanding your expertise in administration, curriculum and instruction, special education, technology, and more in our online PhD in Education program.

Why Choose Capella?

Our PhD in Education program includes online coursework, residencies, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation, providing a wide range of experiences to help you reach your doctoral goals.

Comprehensive Residency Program

Make immediate progress toward your dissertation with in-person residencies and credit-bearing dissertation research seminars blended into your coursework.

Shared First Course

Not sure of your program fit? All doctoral programs share the same first course, so you can apply the credits to the program you choose.

Extensive Doctoral Support

Experts will support you throughout your degree to help you meet doctoral challenges and reach your short- and long-term goals.

Maximize Your Transfer Credits

You may be able to reduce tuition and time to complete your degree with up to 16 transfer credits.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

Every assignment, course, and program is designed to deliver the knowledge and expertise required for success.

Accredited. Respected. Recognized.

The Professional Education Unit at Capella is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Program Specializations

Learn more about admissions requirements, costs, and courses for your specialization.

We believe in being transparent about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella Degree. Learn more about Capella’s learning outcomes and gainful employment.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet or exceed standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Relevant Blog Posts

Whether you’re considering a return to school, exploring new career paths, or seeking ways to improve your job performance, the Capella Blog has relevant articles to support your goals.

Quick Guide to EdS, EdD, and PhD Degrees

Compare advanced degree options for K-12 educators, including Doctor of Education and Education Specialist degrees.

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Quick Guide to Advanced Degrees for Careers in Higher Ed

Compare advanced degree and certificate program options for higher education administrators and professionals.

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Overcoming Obstacles on Path to a PhD in Education Degree

No obstacle was too much for Courtney Bergman- even if it meant completing coursework at 2 am.

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You May Also Be Interested In

Is this program close to what you need, but maybe not a perfect fit? The programs below might be interesting. Check them out to find one that suits your academic and professional goals.

EDD

Doctor of Education

Develop your expertise with a specialization in administration, curriculum, technology, and more in this practitioner-focused program. 

EDS

Education Specialist

Increase your knowledge and effectiveness as you pursue a leadership role in education and broaden your career options; specialize in your area of educational interest.  

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