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Total program credits needed for graduation: 58

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses:

Fourteen Required Courses, 58 quarter credits

Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education (4 quarter credits)
Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (4 quarter credits) OR
Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum and Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Classroom Management Strategies (4 quarter credits) OR
Digital Citizenship and Technology Applications (4 quarter credits)
Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 quarter credits)

In addition, choose one from the following courses

Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 quarter credits)
Personalized Learning: Instruction and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Adaptive Instruction and Assessment (4 quarter credits)
Instructional Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses:

22 quarter credits

Foundations of Special Education (4 quarter credits)
Assessment and Planning for Special Education Students (4 quarter credits)
Instruction for Special Education Students (4 quarter credits)
Communication, Consultation, and Collaboration for Special Education (4 quarter credits)
Programming and Leadership for Diverse Groups Capstone (6 quarter credits) †

Learning Disabled (LD) Endorsement Courses:

12 quarter credits

Instruction for Learning Disabled Students (4 quarter credits)
Foundations of Learning Disabilities (4 quarter credits)
Assessment Practices and Programming for Students with Learning Disabilities (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This specialization does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website ( Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

This Specialization has not been reviewed or approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB); KY residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the EPSB.

You may be able to fulfill some requirements by completing a professional development course while you are enrolled in your program.

What Can I Expect?

Courses are divided into weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to help reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing additional credits for your own education, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure that the credits you earn now may be applicable to a Capella degree program.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.933.5842, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.