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Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

Be a Leader Advocate for Student Achievement

You have ideas and the drive to meet the challenges of an evolving educational system. Capella’s online master's in education, leadership in educational administration degree can help you convert those ideas into action. Our curriculum focuses on translating theory into effective leadership practice and emphasizes exploration of the school leadership, management, and problem-solving skills the current K-12 environment requires. Raise the education bar as an ethical and innovative leader.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 3 Specialization Courses
  • 3 Emphasis Courses
  • Internship

Classes Start October 8th

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 (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Execute Shared Vision

Facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning.

Promote Student Success

Ensure that the education system meets the age and developmental needs of a diverse population.

Develop a Culture of Learning

Learn skills to articulate, develop, and implement a school vision that aligns with and supports district priorities.

Improve Learning Environments

Learn to evaluate the systems and processes for continuous school improvement.

Influence Education

Effectively collaborate with multiple stakeholders to protect the best practices and the interests of the school.

Lead Ethically

Blend your skills and knowledge with legal and ethical standards to promote school achievement.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Nationally Recognized

This program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council.

Principal Preparation

The Arizona Department of Education has approved the school leadership emphasis for principal preparation.

Access to Innovative Learning Tools

Our school simulation tool provides examples and situations you are likely to experience in an education environment.

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

Our online master's in education, leadership in educational administration degree focuses on translating theory into effective leadership practice, including an emphasis on leadership, management, and problem-solving skills.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED5322 School Leadership: Data, Decision-Making, and School Improvement
ED7822 The Funding of Educational Institutions
ED7823 Education and the Law
ED7852 P–12 Principalship

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features rigorous online coursework plus added support outside the courseroom to help you begin work immediately toward that next step in your career.

Dedicated Support

Our licensure team supports you through the license application process, and is here for you even beyond graduation. 

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

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Director of admission
  • Dean of students
  • Program director

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • K-12 public, private, or charter school
  • State education department
  • School district office
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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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Ready for the Next Step?

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