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EdD Degrees

Accelerate Your Career with a Doctorate in Education from Capella

Gain the credentials you need to advance your career in the education field and effect change in universities, institutions, schools and businesses. Capella's online doctoral degrees in education include K-12 through higher education specializations. And whether you're on the administrative or teaching side of education, our EdD, EdS and PhD programs are designed to fit your specific career goals.

Education Doctoral Degree (EdD) Programs

Adult Education

The Capella EDD in Adult Education curriculum reflects the most up-to-date standards and insights into education. The program was designed to hone your inquiry, analysis, communication, decision-making, and leadership abilities. These skills will then be deployed to address critical, real-world problems.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Adult Education.

Curriculum and Instruction

Successful graduates of Capella's online Doctor of Education (EDD) in Curriculum and Instruction program have gone on to exemplary careers as faculty, superintendent, provost, curriculum director of schools and other leadership roles. This program is designed for teachers and administrators wanting to be in a position to guide the curriculum and implement improvement initiatives focused on increasing student achievement.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Educational Leadership and Management

Capella University's online doctorate in educational leadership has customarily served those in higher education along with P-12 teachers, as well as those in government, corporate and nonprofit positions looking to take on a leadership role in their organization. With your degree, you'll be able to provide the kinds of skills that affect positive change in schools. Your coursework will cover topics including finance, human resources, operations, change management, decision-making, curriculum and instruction improvement processes, cultural competency, and advocacy.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Educational Leadership and Management.

Reading and Literacy

Designed around national education standards in the field, this program is one of a select few available online. Among the highlights, the curriculum covers program development and management, assessment and evaluation, data-driven decision-making, and district, state, and national policies that can affect how reading is taught.

Learn more about earning an online EdD in Reading and Literacy.

Why Choose Capella

Capella University is an accredited online university dedicated to providing an exceptional, professionally-aligned education. Our degree programs are designed to meet standards established by professional associations and accrediting bodies — so you gain skills and knowledge that are immediately applicable to your career goals.

As a Capella student, you'll benefit from a competency-based curriculum that combines foundational theory with real-world application and through our online campus, as you work with experienced faculty and your classmates in highly interactive course rooms.


By 2020, employment for P-12 education administrators is projected to grow by 10% while Higher Education education administrators will see 19% growth.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013

Capella: An Accredited University

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Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

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NCATE-accredited programs are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for the preparation of P-12 teachers and other professional school personnel. Alumni of these programs are highly regarded by many school districts, licensing authorizes, and teaching professionals.

In addition to being nationally accredited, key programs in Capella's Professional Education Unit (PEU) have received national recognition by a Specialized Professional Association, indicating they have met the high standards of that association.