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Impact Your Students And Your Profession

Make a bigger difference in today’s education systems. At Capella you can gain the most relevant knowledge and skills to continue making a big impact on your students and your profession.

Featuring professionally aligned curriculum, your doctoral education program will be delivered through cutting-edge instruction and resources, giving you the skills and knowledge to become a leader in education.


Use instructional technology to develop high-performing students


Deepen your expertise and create effective learning environments


Elevate student achievement in and out of the classroom

Break into Higher Education

Get ready to move into higher education with a relevant and respected doctoral degree in education. Whether you intend to teach, lead, or consult, you can find the right degree program at Capella.

Which Degree Is Right for You? An EdD or PhD?

Explore your career goals to determine which doctoral program is the best for you.

Skills You Can Use Immediately

At Capella, you’ll receive a competency-based education, meaning every assignment, course, and program is designed to deliver the skills required for on-the-job success. Your doctoral degree program will offer insights, lessons, and practical competencies that can be immediately applied to improve student achievement—even before your program is complete.

K-12 Programs Dedicated To Improving Student Achievement

Explore doctoral programs that are professionally aligned to give you the tools to lead in an evolving K-12 educational environment.

Higher Education That Empowers You—And Your Students

Discover higher education programs that help you develop an educational environment that best serves the needs of all your students and encourages a standard of excellence.

Reach Your Goals with Comprehensive Support

Your doctoral program will present many challenges—and the support you need to successfully meet them. As you work to complete your degree requirements, you’ll be matched with support resources that are well suited to help you reach all of your short- and long-term academic and career goals.

Dissertation Resources to Keep You on Track

Your PhD in Education program includes online coursework, in-person experiences, a comprehensive examination, and a dissertation. Our curriculum is designed to help you make immediate progress toward your dissertation, and offers credit-bearing dissertation research seminars blended with your coursework. And to keep you moving forward, you'll find expert support at every stage of your program, including:

  • A mentor who has subject matter and theoretical knowledge, as well as practical experience to offer ongoing support through frequent, regular contact
  • A dissertation advisor who specializes in problem solving at the dissertation stage, including questions about integrity, time management, and professional conduct
  • Additional specialized support, including IRB staff consultations, personalized appointments with Capella librarians, career center tools and counselors, or financial counseling
  • Programs of Research guidelines and examples of appropriate topic areas, theories, and journals for dissertation research

EdD Capstone Project

For the practitioner-focused Doctor of Education degree, Capella offers a doctoral capstone project in lieu of a dissertation as the culminating scholarly demonstration. You’ll show scholarship within a specialization through systematic inquiry to find solutions to problems encountered in practice.

Through your capstone project, you’ll achieve the following objectives:

  • Expand knowledge and inform practice within your specialization through scholarly inquiry and critical analysis
  • Apply literature-based practical strategies to find solutions to specific localized problems encountered in practice
  • Contribute to individual, organizational, institutional, or community change
  • Complete a report and appropriate accompanying artifacts/deliverables that meet both relevant scholarly standards and professional criteria of best practice

Having that degree, and being able to apply at a university, and receiving the position, it felt almost surreal, because knowing my background, knowing where I came from—a little girl from the west side of Chicago—walking through the university doors and being called Dr. Bounds, that felt just huge.

Quintella BoundsCapella graduate, PhD in Special Education Leadership

Capella: An Accredited University

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.


The Professional Education Unit at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Capella offers 14 advanced academic offerings that prepare individuals to serve in a variety of roles within the P–12 education environment. These programs make up Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE-accredited programs are known for their standards and rigor, which is why graduates of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorities, and teaching professionals.

Gainful Employment & Learning and Career Outcomes

Investing in a college degree is no small thing. At Capella, we’re proud to share our learning and career outcomes—along with gainful employment results—so that you can make the most informed decisions about the programs that interest you.

Transfer Credits To Save Time And Money

Reach your goals faster by transferring credits. Nearly all Capella programs accept transfer credits, with each program specifying the maximum number of transfer credits allowed.