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Our master's program in education integrates recognized theory and best practices with practical application. Learn in a collaborative environment while gaining advanced experience in your chosen profession. Some specializations require residency and clinical experiences, which allow you to apply what you've learned.

Outcome goals and graduates' proficiency levels

These results show recent Capella graduates' proficiency levels in the expected learning outcomes for 7 of the 9 Master of Science in Education specializations. Faculty make this assessment in the capstone course—the final course in which Capella students demonstrate what they've learned.

Specializations

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Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Within the fast-growing field of P–12 education, increase your expertise in curriculum and instruction to improve student achievement. You'll focus on applying current theory, research, and technology to the design of curriculum and instructional models. You will also learn to use assessment, classroom management, and other techniques to strengthen instruction and reduce achievement gaps.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

 Master of Science in Ed Curriculum and Instruction

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Develop curricula reflecting the local philosophy and mission, professional research, current trends, and community and societal needs.

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Instruct, design and assess learning.

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Lead in curriculum and instruction.

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Collaborate for the improvement of curriculum and instruction.

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Evaluate and incorporate research to enrich practice and theory in curriculum.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Early Childhood Education Specialization

Capella's master's degree specialization in Early Childhood Education is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is designed to prepare teachers to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. The curriculum includes course work in such topics as child psychology, classroom management, the early childhood learning environment, family engagement, and strategies for eliminating achievement gaps. Elective course work provides you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of learning theories or focus on special education or supervisory skills.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Ed Early Childhood Education

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Understand the stages of child development and how children learn.

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Create learning environments that nurture the development, learning, and self-esteem of all children.

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Design developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction that encourage individual as well as group learning, skill development, reflection, critical thinking, and inquiry.

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Provide equitable, inclusive education in which each student has the opportunity and encouragement to reach his or her potential.

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Design assessment-driven, standards-based curriculum and instruction that is age and developmentally appropriate.

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Comprehend early childhood content knowledge, its evolution, and its application.

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Empower the young child's relationships within and outside of the school setting.

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Uphold ethical and professional standards in conduct as an early childhood professional.

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Engage in continued professional growth.

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Apply critical knowledge of current research and theory to the improvement of instructional and leadership practices.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Early Childhood Studies

The Early Childhood Education Studies specialization does not prepare you for licensure.  It offers you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and improve your teaching skills and ability to help young children learn. This specialization prepares you for professional instructional roles in the field of early childhood education through relevant learning experiences that incorporate personal knowledge, critical dialogue with peers, faculty expertise, research-based curriculum, and interdisciplinary instruction. You will evaluate early childhood education theory, research, and curriculum, and examine the learning styles of young children, the educational needs of exceptional children, and the role of family relationships in childhood education.

*No learning outcomes data are available for this specialization at this time.

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English Language Learning and Teaching Specialization

Capella's master's degree specialization in English Language Learning and Teaching is designed to prepare licensed P-12 teachers to provide effective instruction to English Language Learners; work collaboratively with other administrators, teachers, school guidance staff, and families to ensure the success of every student; and provide curricular leadership to schools and school systems.

*No learning outcomes data are available for this specialization at this time.

Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization

Prepare yourself to be a part of the growing field of online education. Study online instructional design in an online environment from a university that is considered one of the leaders in the field. Through a curriculum that balances instructional design, the psychology of learning, and technology, you will focus on the practice of online instructional design, including designing effective instruction, methods of online delivery, software tools, and project management.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Ed Instructional Design for Online Learning

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Bridge instructional design theory and real world opportunities.

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Demonstrate skill in instructional design.

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Integrate ethical standards in all instructional design and development activities.

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Manage instructional design projects.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Leadership in Educational Administration Specialization

Prepare to lead students and teachers to success through P-12 leadership. This specialization is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC). With a concentration in School Leadership, you'll study curriculum that focuses on translating theory into effective leadership practice at the school level. Through your course work, you'll build the leadership, management, and problem-solving skills needed to become an ethical and innovative leader who can meet the challenges of an ever-changing P–12 educational system.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Ed Leadership in Educational Administration

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Facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning

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Promote the success of all persons.

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Lead the development of a culture of learning

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Manage effective learning environments

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Effectively collaborate with multiple stakeholders

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Lead the field of education in an ethical manner

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Advance the field of education through influence.

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Apply self-management skills, including communication and completion of required paperwork, activities, clinical hours, and alignments.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Reading and Literacy Specialization

Capella is unique among online universities in offering a master's specialization in Reading and Literacy that is state-approved, which is a requirement for licensure in some states. Developed around national reading standards, this specialization is designed to prepare P–12 classroom teachers to assess literacy, and to develop, implement, and adapt reading curriculum to accommodate diverse learning styles.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Ed Reading and Literacy

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Have content expertise in the subject matter or discipline of one's profession as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist

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Understand concepts, theories, and research about effective teaching and learning and the interaction of subject matter and pedagogy; use multiple strategies to help students learn subject matter.

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Understand the context of schools, education, and learning; design and deliver assessment-driven standards-based curriculum, instruction, training, or administrative practices.

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Use data, especially about learners, to plan instructional, administrative, counseling, or consultative strategies and activities.

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Use information technology effectively to improve learning, productivity, and professional practice

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Have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions (that is, competencies) to work successfully with diverse learners, their families, and other professionals.

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Assess and document that one's professional activities as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist have a positive impact on P-12 learners.

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As a practitioner-scholar, apply current theory, research, and best practice to improve one's professional practice as a teacher, administrator, counselor, or school psychologist.

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Engage in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving that reflect scholarly intellectual standards and incorporate sound reasoning.

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Engage in reflective practice that leads to continuous professional growth and improvement.

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Demonstrate the vision and skills necessary to lead and manage classrooms and schools as complex adaptive systems in a changing world.

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Collaborate successfully with families, other professionals, and community members to mobilize resources for both learners and one's own professional growth.

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Write and speak clearly; communicate effectively with learners, their families, and other professionals in ways appropriate to purpose and content.

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Have professional attitudes, values, and beliefs that support student learning and development.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Special Education Teaching Specialization

Prepare yourself to help children with learning disabilities achieve academic and lifelong success with this state-approved Special Education specialization. The curriculum, developed around national special education standards, is designed to help you effectively teach children who have a variety of learning disabilities and come from diverse populations. You will study the latest strategies, practices, and techniques for teaching children with learning disabilities, and participate in field experiences that will allow you to apply your skills in real-life situations.

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Special Education Teaching

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Understand the role and structure of special education within the educational system.

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Collaborate effectively with all stakeholders to support individuals with exceptional needs.

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Ethically and professionally apply policy and procedures for individuals with exceptional needs.

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Plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum and instructional strategies to enhance and promote learning.

   

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

Training and Performance Improvement Specialization

Increase your career potential by earning the only master's Training and Performance Improvement specialization that includes valuable certification in ROI Methodology™ from the ROI Institute™. Based on the American Society for Training and Development's (ASTD) Human Performance Improvement Model, this online program is designed to teach you how to apply human performance technology to improve organizational productivity. Course topics include analyzing systems performance; selecting, designing and implementing performance improvement solutions; and evaluating return on investment data to support training and performance improvement efforts in the workplace

2017-2018 Demonstration of Program Outcomes

Master of Science in Ed Training and Performance Improvement

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Analyze systems performance.

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Select and design interventions.

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Implement interventions.

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Support training and performance improvement in the workplace.

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Evaluate training and performance improvement interventions.

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Lead training and performance improvement processes.

Capella Learning and Career Outcomes - MS in Education Outcomes

Outcome Demonstrations
Source: Aggregated faculty judgments of learner demonstration of program outcomes from Q2 2017 — Q1 2018 capstone courses.

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Quality and Professional Relevance

  • We have more than 200 faculty members who teach in our P-12 programs, many of whom also teach and work in districts across the country, providing authentic experiences around best practices and innovative ideas.  
  • Capella’s Early Childhood Education Studies specialization is designed around leading standards of the field, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • The Training and Improvement specialization curriculum is based on principles set by the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi®).
  • 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.

1This specialization is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

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.

      Career Preparation

      MS in Education Graduates  

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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  & 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.

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

MS in Education Graduates

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Skills & Abilities
MS in Education Graduates

Write clearly, accurately, and professionally; use sources appropriately : 100%

 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 – Q1 2018.

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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