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This program is designed for educators seeking a post-master's graduate degree that emphasizes both professional practice and scholarship. Gain the skills you need to pursue school or district leadership positions. After earning the Education Specialist (EdS) degree, you can continue your studies at the doctoral level.

Education Specialist (EdS) specializations

  • Curriculum and Instruction1
  • Leadership in Educational Administration1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Personalized and Competency Based Instruction
  • Reading and Literacy Specialization
  • Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation
  • Teacher in K-12 Studies Specialization

Quality and Professional Relevance

  • 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.
  • The CAEP Annual Report is available. This report includes impact and outcomes measures for each of offering in Capella’s CAEP-accredited EPP.
  • Capella offers one of the few state-approved specializations in Leadership in Educational Administration available within an online EdS program.
  • The EdS specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration is designed around nationally recognized leadership standards, including the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
  • The EdS specialization in Curriculum and Instruction is designed around national teaching and licensure standards.

 

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Subject Matter: Possess a deep understanding of subject matter, its place within the discipline, and its connection to other disciplines.
  2. Diverse Learners: Utilize multiple models, resources, and management strategies to meet the needs of and engage diverse populations.
  3. Equitable, Inclusive Learning Environments: Apply knowledge, skills, and attributes equitably and inclusively to ensure the people they serve have the opportunity and encouragement to reach their potential.
  4. Curriculum and Instruction: Develop assessment-driven, standards-based instruction or training.
  5. Current Research and Theory: Work as scholar-practitioners by applying current research and theory to lead the development of the profession.
  6. Field-Based research: Conduct research as scholar-practitioners to lead the evolution of practice in professional settings.
  7. Data Informed Strategies: Inform thinking and planning for organizational strategies with appropriate data.
  8. Ethical Leadership and Management: Consistently apply standards of ethical leadership and management.
  9. Systems Thinking: Understand the attributes and skills necessary to lead and manage professional organizations as complex and adaptive systems.
  10. Reflective Practice: Engage in reflective practice for continuous professional growth and improvement.
  11. Communicate Effectively: Write clearly and communicate effectively with constituents in a variety of ways appropriate to purpose and context.
  12. Critical Thinking: Engage in thinking, analysis, and problem solving that reflects scholarly intellectual standards, incorporates sound reasoning, and strives for equity and fairness.
  13. Technology: Use technology effectively to improve learning, productivity, and professional practice.
  14. Collaboration: Initiate and participate in communities of practice and other collaborations with professionals and community members to mobilize resources to best meet learner needs and to enhance professional growth.
  15. Vision: Adapt to and provide vision and direction in a changing world.

1Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement.

2In Minnesota, learners who wish to add endorsements to existing administrative licenses must complete additional field work. To expand an elementary or secondary licensure to K-12, learners must complete a second 200-hour internship. To add a principal endorsement to a superintendent endorsement in Minnesota (or vice versa), the internship is 320 hours (MR, 3512.0200, Subp.3.)

3Learners seeking licensure in Arizona must secure a Structured English Immersion endorsement (SEI). Capella University has an alliance with Rio Salado College regarding course work for the SEI endorsement. 4 learners needing this endorsement should Academic Advisement to discuss the necessary courses and the application process at Rio Salado College.

4North Carolina residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

5This specialization has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certifications as out-of-state candidates.

6The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure site at http://www.capella.edu/licensure_ed for contact information.

Doctoral Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

Career Preparation
All Education Doctoral Graduates

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Career Preparation
All Education Doctoral Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 77%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 67%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 70%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree"
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 - Q1 2018.

Career & Professional Accomplishments
All Education Doctoral Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments
All Education Doctoral Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 49%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 45%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 51%

Received a salary increase: 40%

Received a promotion: 51%

Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.

Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Doctoral Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Education doctoral programs have been combined for these Student Experience results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni feel about Capella and what general skills and abilities they gained.

Satisfaction With Capella
All Education Doctoral Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella
All Education Doctoral Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella : 63%

I am satisfied with my Capella education : 93%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree : 77%

Percentage of respondents who answered affirmatively.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q1 2018.

Skills & Abilities
All Education Doctoral Graduates

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Skills and Abilities
Education Doctoral Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 77%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 98%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 98%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 94%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 98%

Locate, evaluate and communicate information; address legal, professional, other issues : 100%

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 98%

Critically evaluate, select, and use discipline-appropriate technology : 100%

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 98%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 94%

Percentage of respondents who rated themselves as "proficient" or "exceptional" on ability to demonstrate the skill or ability on the job.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q3 2017 – Q2 2018.

Expense, completion, & career information (Gainful Employment)

Capella believes in being clear about the real cost, time, and value of a Capella degree The Gainful Employment disclosures, required by the US Department of Education (ED) (under 34 CFR 688.6), provide some information about completion, expenses, and occupations. Most of our students are part-time so they might not take a full course load or attend all 4 quarters each year. We took that into account in calculating these data. For example, we define program length for certificates and master's and doctoral degrees as the number of calendar quarters it takes a typical student to complete a program. The ED has defined time to complete for a bachelor's degree as 4 years. Program cost is based on the specific pricing structure for each program which is either a cost per credit or a cost per active quarter.

Other related information may be found on the Learning Outcomes, Career Outcomes, and Student Experience tabs on this page.

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