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Program Details

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

As school curriculums and academic standards have become ever more rigorous, the demand for highly qualified educators has skyrocketed. Capella's online Education Degree Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum and Instruction prepares you to assume a leadership role in education while making a lasting impact on student achievement.

Our EdS degree program is part of our Professional Education Unit, and thus has been fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Designed around national teaching and licensure standards, this program is intended for educators and administrators who have completed a master's program and want to increase their depth of knowledge and effectiveness while broadening their career options.

With your EdS degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Capella, you'll develop curricula that best reflects your local educational system's philosophy and mission, current trends, and community and societal needs. You'll also be able to have a hand in designing, assessing and collaborating on the best way to help your students reach their potential.

Common jobs with an online EdS degree in Curriculum and Instruction include: adjunct, part-time or full-time faculty, curriculum specialist, director of assessment, director of instruction, district curriculum director, P–12 teacher, and program administrator. Potential workplaces include: an adult education program, alternative school, charter school, community or technical college, continuing education program, land-based or online college or university, P–12 public/private school, and school district office.

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.

Learn important information at www.capellaresults.com about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs.