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MS - Professional Growth and Development

Program Details

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

Capella University’s online MS specialization, Professional Growth and Development, gives you the tools you need to lead and mentor other educators.

Designed to help teacher practitioners obtain the skills they need to manage complex, adaptive classrooms and schools, this specialization helps you learn best practices for supporting the teaching practice of other educators and encouraging their professional development. 

Take advantage of the professional development courses associated in the Education Innovation and Technology specialization and continue learning in this growing field.

With your master’s degree in Professional Growth and Development from Capella, you will develop immediately applicable leadership skills and expertise as you construct course plans to apply technology and multimedia tools, provide personalized learning experiences through competency-based learning—and engage and empower students.

Master’s degree graduates with a Professional Growth and Development specialization can add technology integration abilities to their K-12 teaching skill set or look forward to career opportunities in a variety of roles, such as instructional technology specialists, building technology coaches, online K-12 educational institution staff, or curriculum writers and course designers for education technology companies.

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.


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 level of education required:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting agency or an internationally recognized institution
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Accreditation & Licensing

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

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

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


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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