Licensure Leadership in Educational Administration

Doctor of Philosophy in Education


Capella Licensure Support

Capella's licensure team is up-to-date on the licensing requirements in all 50 states and we have established relationships with state educator licensing offices.

Capella's licensure team supports all graduates through the license application process. This type of specialized support is available during your program, after graduation, and throughout your career.

The Licensing Process

Each state licensing board, agency, or office creates rules or regulations that provide the specific details governing the profession, including licensing requirements. This process is defined by your state but typically involves some or all of the following:

  • Documenting how you have met specific educational components
  • Proving your fitness to practice
  • Demonstrating completion of any required clinical fieldwork experience
  • Successful examination(s) completion
  • Licensure application and fees

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is each student’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state.

State Licensure Requirements

Requirements vary by state and the level of license. The requirements listed below are common across most states.

  • Completion of degree — and in some instances additional academic credits beyond a master's degree
  • Specific coursework
  • Background check and fingerprints
  • Field experience, such as student teaching, internships, or practicum
  • Successful exam completion, including the Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA)

Each state has different licensing requirements that are governed by a specific group or agency such as the state department of education. To understand your state's requirements, start by contacting an enrollment counselor.

Additionally, you may want to research your state's requirements — the following resources may be helpful:

Because Capella University has students in all 50 states and numerous countries, we have designed our programs to meet national standards or accreditations recognized by many states and have also sought approvals specific to Arizona. Contact an enrollment counselor for specific information.

For most students, earning a degree from Capella is similar earning a degree at a university outside of their state and moving back to their home state to pursue professional license. Capella's enrollment counselors can provide specific information about unique educational requirements in your state.

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