Program Overview

This program is not designed for teacher certification, licensure or endorsement.

Capella University’s online EdD specialization, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies, prepares you to adopt the leadership skills needed to build a culture of effective teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and district.

This EdD program offers a specialization that can help you take a leadership role in promoting a culture of collaboration in your school, use data to improve teacher performance and student learning, and advocate for teachers and students. Capella’s comprehensive approach will guide you through this applied research doctorate, allowing you to gain the critical skills you need to become a teacher leader. Faculty offer personalized support to guide your progress through the doctorate, build your applied research and writing skills, and encourage expertise and leadership in your profession.

This program is designed around the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers, the Association of Teacher Educators Standards for Teacher Educators, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

With your EdD in Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies from Capella, you’ll develop a strong grasp of educational leadership, including finance, HR, operations, data-informed decision making, systems thinking, and change management. Your capstone experience will offer you unique skills based on practical application of the knowledge you obtain in this program. 

Graduates with an advanced degree in K-12 studies can look forward to career opportunities in a variety of roles, such as teachers and leaders within school districts, assessment directors, superintendents, reading and literacy department specialists, and staff in local or state education agencies. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org.
    • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

    The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Capella University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

    Requirements

    Your program of enrollment determines the admission requirements. 

    Basic requirements for all programs:

    • Admission application and non-refundable $50 application fee
    • Acknowledgement agreement
    • All applicants must understand, read, speak, and write fluently in English
    • Official transcript(s) from previous institutions for degree and post-degree coursework, if applicable
    • Minimum GPA as defined by your program

    Minimum level of education required:

    • A masters degree is required for admission.

    School Overview

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.

    Respected programs that move you forward
    Organizations around the world have acknowledged Capella’s commitment to quality education with accreditations, state approvals, certifications, awards, recognitions, and designations. Right now, more than 37,000 students are expanding their opportunities with Capella programs. 

    Online education. Two ways.
    Our FlexPath format lets you set your own deadlines and move at your own pace. Our GuidedPath format offers extra structure for those who need it.

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    Multiple ways to help you save

    • Employer and association discounts
    • Military discounts
    • Transfer credit
    • Scholarships
    • Streamlined programs
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    • Credit for real-world learning

    Online flexibility and personalized support 
    At Capella, online learning means you can take your courseroom anywhere, learning when and where it fits your life. And if you need backup, support services are available every step of the way.

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    Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, or salary advancement. State regulations and professional credential standards vary. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states and professional associations. For more information on licensure, see the Licensure section on the School’s website. Enrollment restrictions and/or other restrictions may apply to certain programs. Contact Capella University for more information.

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