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This specialization is state-approved, a requirement for principal or superintendent licensure in many states.
This specialization is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).
Capella University Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024.
Our PhD in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.
“My degree, along with the work I’ve done, opened that door for me. It gave me credibility. That credibility makes me proud to hear the words, Dr. Graham with a PhD from Capella University.”
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.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
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Capella University's Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) is accredited based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards through 2024. CAEP is the only recognized national accreditor for educator preparation. CAEP, 1140 19th St NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 223-0077.
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. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.
Principles of Educational Administration
This course presents an overview of principles of P–12 education leadership theory and practice aligned with six National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) program standards. The course incorporates multimedia, including embedded simulations, to enhance presentation and understanding ofconcepts and issues in school or district leadership and administration. Learners also examine business and public administration models and explore theoretical constructs from various disciplines. This course requires interaction with practicing school or district administrators and access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
Teacher Supervision and Evaluation
Learners in this course examine current theories and best practices of teacher supervision and evaluation. In particular, learners focus on instructional leadership and professional development as part of a systemic plan to improve student learning. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
The Funding of Educational Institutions
Learners in this course examine a variety of public education funding issues. In particular, learners examine the effect of litigation and politics on present and future funding patterns and school finance reform. Learners also identify the ways politics have affected the allocation of resources at all levels of government. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.
|4 quarter credits|
Leading Diverse Schools
In this course, learners evaluate approaches to creating an inclusive school environment that demonstrates respect and value for diverse staff and student populations. Learners assess communication and collaboration strategies that leverage the strengths of diversity to create an effective learning environment and examine the institutional, political, and legal factors that influence the ways schools address diversity issues. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
The right education can change everything. Gain leadership skills that can help you influence and improve education.
Our program features a rigorous combination of online coursework and face-to-face experiences that help you expand on what you’re learning in the courseroom, so you can hit the ground running in the real world.
Concentrations let you hone in on your specific area of interest that can get you even closer to your exact career goals.
Choose this concentration if you’re interested in preparing to be a school principal who can provide vision, guidance, and oversight within a school.
Prepare for leadership as a superintendent by evaluating the cultural, social, economic, political, and legal contexts of district leadership.
Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online leadership in educational administration doctoral degree.
*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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