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Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Education

School of Education

Be an Innovative School or District Leader

Become a leader for positive change in K-12 educational organizations. Capella’s online PhD in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration degree offers you the ability to choose an emphasis in School Leadership or District Leadership, to help you strengthen the research, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills you need to be an ethical and innovative principal or superintendent. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be prepared to pursue licensure as a K-12 principal or superintendent.

At a Glance

  • Online & In Person
  • 5 Core Courses
  • 4 Specialization Courses
  • 5 Emphasis Courses
  • 1 Elective Course
  • 3 Residencies
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

Classes Start September 10th

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

Create a Shared Vision

Help your organization develop a shared vision of learning.

Promote Effective Learning

Lead the development of a culture of learning and manage effective learning environments.

Work with Stakeholders

Collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders.

Lead Ethically

Lead in the field of education in an ethical manner.

Learn to Self-Manage

Apply self-management skills to the completion of required paperwork, assignments, activities, clinical hours.

Move Education Forward

Advance the field of education through your influence.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

State-Approved Program

This specialization is state-approved, a requirement for principal or superintendent licensure in many states.

ELCC Recognized

This specialization is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).

NCATE Accredited

This program is part of Capella University’s Education Preparation Provider (EPP) Unit, which is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of eight years, from 10/22/2010 to 12/31/2018.

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
$730 per credit, 92 total quarter credits, 8 max 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. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Grants

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 online PhD in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration curriculum focuses on the research, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills needed for principals and superintendents in today’s competitive K-12 environment. 

Dissertation Research Seminar

Allows you to work extensively on your dissertation topic, methodology, literature review, and research plan from the beginning of your program. 

Support to Reach the Finish Line

Our doctoral curriculum is designed to give you dedicated support early in your program—so you can be confident in the steps to completing your degree.

Dissertation Mentors

During your dissertation, you’ll be matched with an experienced mentor who will help you stay on track to completing your degree.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED7820 Principles of Educational Administration
ED7541 Teacher Supervision and Evaluation
ED7822 The Funding of Educational Institutions
ED7014 Leading Diverse Schools

Prepare for Licensure

Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that helps you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.

Dedicated Support

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

Specialize Your Learning

Emphases let you hone in on your specific area of interest that can get you even closer to your exact career goals.

School Leadership

Choose this emphasis if you’re interested in preparing to be a school principal who can provide vision, guidance, and oversight within a school.

District Leadership

Prepare for leadership as a superintendent by evaluating the cultural, social, economic, political, and legal contexts of district leadership. 

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.  

Faculty

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.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online leadership in educational administration doctoral degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • District or school leadership
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Assessment and compliance coordinator
  • Assistant superintendent
  • Curriculum director
  • Director for student services
  • Director of instructional technology
  • District program director
  • Full-time faculty
  • Superintendent
  • Principal

Related Employment Settings to Explore

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

*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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