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Make the most of your PhD in Special Education Leadership degree
from Capella University by earning an additional license, certificate,
or endorsement. In most U.S. states and Canadian provinces, a
professional license may be necessary for:
Knowing your career goals and your state's requirements is key to
understanding which additional license, certificate, or endorsement —
if any — you need. Capella offers degree programs that help prepare
you to meet state licensing prerequisites.
Your enrollment counselor can help you decide how this program aligns with your professional goals and help you understand your state's unique requirements. However, we cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement.
Capella does not currently offer any programs to help prepare for first-time or initial classroom teacher licensure/certification.
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.
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
It is crucial to understand the licensing process in your state. Your enrollment counselor is a valuable resource as you research your state’s requirements.
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.
Requirements vary by state and the level of license. The requirements listed below are common across most states:
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 program to meet national standards or accreditations recognized by many states and have also sought approval specific to Minnesota.
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.
Generally, states will accept another state's approved program or license, but there may be some additional requirements. This process is sometimes known as reciprocity. Reciprocity doesn't mean you can simply exchange your license in one state for a license in another. Reciprocity means that states are willing to accept graduates of another state's approved program, but still expect them to meet the same requirements as educators prepared in state.
Capella's enrollment counselors can provide specific information about unique education requirements in your state.
Some states offer a less traditional option for earning an administrator license. Generally, you must meet the same requirements as someone completing a degree program that is designed for administrator preparation — you just meet the requirements in a different way. For example, a licensure candidate may begin serving as a special education director while still completing required coursework or training.
These alternative pathways require more than simply passing exams. You will also be required to complete specific coursework and training. If you're thinking of obtaining a license through an alternative route, carefully research the requirements and approved coursework providers for your state. Capella does not offer degree programs that will help you earn a license through one of these alternative pathways.
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 state requirements.