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K-12 Studies in Education Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Expand Your Ability to Motivate Students

As a teacher, your students rely on your inspiration to set them up for academic success. Capella's online master's in education, K-12 studies degree is designed around the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of exceptional elementary or secondary classroom teachers. You can personalize your program to meet your specific teaching needs by choosing an emphasis in such areas as English language arts, math, science, and social studies. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses
  • 3 Emphasis Courses
  • 2 Elective Courses
  • Capstone

Classes Start November 5th

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.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Analyze & Apply Information

Gain deep understanding of subject matter, its place within the discipline, and its connection to other disciplines.

Meet Diverse Student Needs

Use multiple instructional models, resources, management, and teaching plans to meet the needs of and engage diverse students. 

Encourage & Inspire Students

Apply equitable, inclusive teaching methods that provide opportunity for all students to reach their potential.

Teach at Appropriate Levels

Understand assessment-driven, standards-based curriculum and instruction that is age appropriate and developmentally appropriate.

Conduct & Apply Research

Conduct classroom- or school-based research to improve practice, programs, and student outcomes.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Aligned Curriculum

This specialization is designed around leading national standards in the field of education.

Free Professional Development

Earn clock hours for free, and apply your learning to a Capella degree program for a small, per-credit fee to help you save time and money.

NCATE accreditation

This specialization is part of Capella’s Education Preparation Provider Unit, which is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for a period of eight years, from October 22, 2010, to December 31, 2018.

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
$453 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.  

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. 

Scholarships for New Students

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

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


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

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

In our online master's in education, K-12 studies program, you’ll learn to use assessment, classroom management, and other techniques to strengthen instruction and reduce achievement gaps.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
EDT5122 Digital Citizenship and Technology Applications
ED5504 Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap
EDT5140 Personalized Learning: Instruction and Assessment
EDT5150 Instructional Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

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

Choosing the Right K-12 Master's in Education for You

There are many degree specializations in K-12 education. So which master’s degree is a match for you?

Which K-12 Education Career Path Is Best for Me?

Want to advance in K-12 education? Consider a degree that connects with these specializations and career paths.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Education, K-12 Studies degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • K-12 teacher
  • School curriculum
  • K-12 lead teacher
  • K-12 vocational teacher
  • Educational consultant

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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.

Other Programs to Explore

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. 

Ready for the Next Step?

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