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EdD - Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies

Program Details

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.

For current K-12 professionals interested in extending their education with a graduate degree. Capella University education programs do not lead to initial teacher licensure.

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:

  • Master's degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or internally recognized institution
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

  • Higher Learning Commission: www.hlcommission.org, 800.621.7440 
  • Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), www.capella.edu

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.

Capella University’s EPP is eligible for and will seek accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards during fall 2017/spring 2018. CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers NCATE accreditation.

Disclosure

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, certification, authorization, other professional credentials, job placement 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 at 1.866.679.9687 for more information.

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