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Competency-Based Instruction Specialization Master of Science in Education Innovation and Technology

School of Education

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.

What to Expect

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

Classes Start April 9th

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.

Admissions Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

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.

Professionally Aligned

Our curriculum is designed using national best-practice standards, including those of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

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
$424 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. The prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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. 


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

Federal Work Study

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

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

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.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDT5130 Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum and Instruction
EDT5132 Authentic Assessments and the Data-Driven Classroom
EDT5134 Adaptive Learning and Competency-Based Assessments
EDT5100 Leading Innovation and Implementing Change

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

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.

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EdTech Professional Development Offers Direct Application for Teachers

Educators have access to free professional development courses from Capella. This teacher found them invaluable.

Exploring 5 Non-Teaching Careers in K-12 Education

Technology use and integration in education is growing, with many career options in and outside the classroom.

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*

  • Competency-based learning specialist
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Curriculum developer
  • Content management specialist
  • K-12 teacher
  • K-12 lead teacher
  • Education consultant

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public schools
  • K-12 private schools
  • K-12 virtual schools
  • School district
  • Charter school
  • Learning center
  • State department
  • Education testing company
  • Academic publishing company

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

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