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This program is designed to provide learners with 21st-century knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of how curriculum and assessment innovations, pedagogical methods, technology integration, and cultural competency interplay to foster and improve student learning. Through rigorous and relevant curriculum, teachers apply their learning in their daily classrooms to create immediate impact for their students, classrooms, and schools.

The FlexPath option offers the potential to significantly reduce the cost of earning your degree, accelerate the time required for degree completion, and better align your learning to the needs of employers and society. Traditionally, degree programs are constructed around credit hours that measure the time required to complete specific courses. Under, FlexPath, degree programs are constructed around the direct assessment of demonstrated competencies. While resources will be recommended, you can use any materials and resources you choose, including textbooks, eBooks, simulations, videos, articles, and work experiences. This new competency-based format allows you to complete course work at your own pace throughout each quarter. Once you believe you have mastered the course concepts, you will complete activities to demonstrate specific competencies by the end of the quarter.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

We have not yet collected enough information to publish learning outcome data for this program.

Quality and Professional Relevance

Capella University's Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for a period of 8 years, from 10/22/2010 to 12/31/2018.

Expected Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate relevant learning science research and theories to inform effective curriculum, instruction, and assessment design and delivery.
  2. Apply curricular design models and theories to develop effective curriculum that addresses short- and long-term instructional planning goals and addresses applicable standards-based requirements.
  3. Design and deliver instructional methods supported by applicable theories and research-based models of teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners and discipline-specific content.
  4. Integrate educational technology tools and practices into curriculum, instructional, and assessment design and delivery to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
  5. Develop and implement a variety of assessment strategies to assess student learning and interpret and communicate results to drive future curricular and instructional decisions at the classroom and school level.
  6. Address the needs of diverse learner populations by employing curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies appropriate for students' cultural backgrounds and different learning needs.
  7. Exhibit the professional dispositions of effective teachers by engaging in research-based practice, reflective teaching practice, professional growth and development, and employing effective communication strategies with stakeholders.

Master of Science in Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Education degree program 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 are using their degrees.

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Career Preparation

MS in Education Graduates

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career: 86%

My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions: 79%

Capella's competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession: 86%

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 and Professional Accomplishments

MS in Education Graduates

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Career and Professional Accomplishments

MS in Education Graduates

Made a significant contribution to my profession: 31%

Successfully changed jobs and-or-careers: 52%

Assumed leadership responsibilities: 41%

Received a salary increase: 48%

Received a promotion: 45%

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.

Master of Science in Education Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates of the Master of Science in Education degree program 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.

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

MS in Education Graduates

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Satisfaction with Capella

MS in Education Graduates

I have or intend to recommend Capella: 86%

I am satisfied with my Capella education: 94%

Capella gave me the most efficient direct path to completing my degree: 78%

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 Master's Graduates

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Skills & Abilities

All Education Master's Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 1001%

Communicate thoughts and ideas in varied settings : 100%

Show ethical conduct reflecting values and beliefs of discipline : 100%

Show knowledge of field; respect contributions of other fields : 100%

Analyze theoretical issues or investigate real-world phenomena, create knowledge : 100%

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

Critically examine, analyze, and evaluate thinking using intellectual standards and creativity : 93%

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

Show appreciation for group and individual differences : 100%

Demonstrate effective leadership in diverse environments : 92%

Apply the specialized knowledge associated with professional practice area : 93%

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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"When I started my master's program, all of a sudden everything was completely tailored to what I needed in my classroom and what I should be doing with my students."

Talonda Thomas, MS

2009 Graduate

School of Education

Specialization in Professional Studies in Education