Competency-Based Instruction MS in Education Innovation & Technology

Master of Science in Education Innovation and Technology

Lend your voice to curriculum decisions

Learn to guide curriculum and instruction decisions in your school or district. Capella’s master's in education innovation and technology, competency-based instruction degree will give you a solid foundation in how to use standards, outcomes, and learning objectives to help your students succeed. You’ll gain expertise in designing authentic assessments to measure identified learning goals, using formative and summative assessments, and working with colleagues and students to develop learning objectives and track progress toward them.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Elective courses
  • Capstone

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Classes Start October 12th

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER).

What you’ll learn

Design around standards

Use standards, outcomes, and competencies to develop classroom and district curriculum.

Teach measurable skills

Use standards-based curriculum to implement outcome-based and competency-based learning.

Assess authentically

Incorporate authentic assessment techniques into classroom instruction.

Improve learning

Apply formative and summative assessments to improve instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Promote collaborative learning

Use structures and systems to provide opportunities for collaborative learning and culture building.

Conduct research

Conduct action-based research using qualitative and quantitative data for improvement in the classroom.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Free Professional Development

Earn clock hours for free and apply that learning to earn graduate credit that you could apply toward your master's degree.


This program’s focus on technology in a K-12 setting teaches you to guide curriculum with tools, platforms, and software.

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. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$455 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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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. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Save 30% off your master's

Apply for our Front Line Heroes Discount to receive 30% off the cost of tuition.

Accredited & recognized

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

The MS in Education Innovation and Technology, Competency-Based Instruction curriculum helps you mix standards and learning objectives into curriculum, use authentic assessment techniques, and build collaborative learning environments.

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Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum and Instruction

Learners in this course gain an understanding of the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies and how they can be integrated into the curriculum. Learners build on this understanding, mapping competencies to outcomes and aligning standards to competencies and outcomes. Learners integrate competency- based curriculum and lesson planning with best-practice teaching approaches and develop competency-based classroom management techniques. This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits
Authentic Assessments and the Data-Driven Classroom

In this course, learners analyze authentic assessment as an evaluation process that includes multiple forms of performance that reflect student learning, achievement, and motivation in real-world contexts. Learners develop a variety of authentic assessment techniques, including performance assessments, portfolios, and self-assessments and collect, summarize, analyze, and apply assessment data. The course also emphasizes techniques for organizing and participating in grade-level or school-wide collaborative teams.

4 quarter credits
Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Assessments

In this course, learners utilize a variety of formative and authentic assessment techniques in an educational setting and interpret data from formative assessments to inform instruction. Learners implement adaptive learning approaches to meet the diverse needs of all learners and apply Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to competency-based assessment. This course requires access to an educational setting, students or learners, and/or classroom practitioners.

4 quarter credits
Leading Innovation and Implementing Change

In this course, learners demonstrate key skills required to lead change in K-12 schools and to implement innovative instructional techniques that enhance learning for all students Learners examine innovative instructional practices that incorporate technology and media, develop ways to use these practices to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners and learners with a wide range of learning needs, and apply strategies for collaborating with colleagues to integrate state-of-the-art practices into daily classroom instruction.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

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Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master's in education innovation and technology, competency-based instruction degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Learning specialist
  • Instructional coach
  • Curriculum coordinator
  • K-12 teacher
  • K-12 lead teacher
  • Education consultant
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • Government- federal, state, local
  • School district
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Educational consulting firm

*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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