Capella University

225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402-3389

Program Details

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

Capella University's online PhD in K-12 Studies program is designed to advance your knowledge to engage diverse learners in the education field. This program is part of Capella's Professional Education Unit, which has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Coursework includes advanced research, educational philosophy, advanced learning theory, and K–12 history and politics. You can choose electives in such areas as adult learning, mathematics, science, educational leadership, virtual school instruction and assessment strategies. Throughout the program you will build a professional portfolio that will enable you to demonstrate your doctoral competencies to current and future employers.

Your PhD in K-12 Studies program includes 4 integrated components: online coursework, in-person experiences (called colloquia or residencies), comprehensive exams, and dissertation. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and to your goal of a PhD.

With your PhD in K-12 Studies in Education from Capella, you'll utilize multiple instructional models, resources, management styles, and pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of and engage diverse learners as you synthesize and apply current research and theory on content, pedagogy, child development, and other education-related topics.

Common jobs with an online PhD in K-12 Studies in Education include K–12 teacher, school curriculum coach, educational consultant, full-time faculty, adjunct or part-time faculty, or K–12 alternative school teacher. Potential workplaces include: K–12 public or private school, state department of education agency, federal department of education agency, land-based or online college or university, or educational consulting firm.

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.

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    Program Overview

    • Degree Level:
      Doctorate
    • Delivery Format:
      Mostly Online
    • Completion Time:
      92
    • Tuition Basis :
      Per Quarter Credit
    • In State Rate:
      $690.00
    • Out of State Rate:
      $690.00
    • Estimated Degree Cost - In State:
      $63,480.00
    • Estimated Degree Cost - Out Of State:
      $63,480.00
    • International Students Accepted:
      Yes
    • Accelerated Degree:
      No

    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 an internationally 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

    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 K–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

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    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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