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Expand your expertise to effect real change with our Doctor of Education (EdD) program. Our five specializations help you build advanced leadership skills that are essential to K–12 or higher education practitioners.
Our EdD program is designed to help experienced practitioners build high-level leadership skills, with emphasis on applied research. Learn to solve specific organizational problems, improve outcomes and address gaps in the field.
As an EdD student, you’ll begin with 5 core courses to lay the foundation for your program and develop skills in key areas of educational leadership. From there, you’ll move into coursework for your chosen specialization to grow your expertise and advance toward your capstone.
Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Accreditation and recognitions provide assurance that we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services and fiscal stability. See all our accreditations and recognitions.
Applicants to the EdD program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
View full admission requirements for EdD specializations: EdD in Adult Education, EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, EdD in Educational Leadership, EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership, EdD in Reading and Literacy
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
The total cost of your EdD program will depend on your specialization, scholarships and finances, transfer credits, academic performance and other factors. With Capella Tuition Cap, you always know the maximum total tuition you’ll pay for your degree.
View detailed tuition information and cost scenarios for EdD specializations: EdD in Adult Education, EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, EdD in Educational Leadership, EdD in Performance Improvement Leadership, EdD in Reading and Literacy
Every doctoral journey is different. Your chosen specialization can help you leverage your unique passions and interests to build advanced expertise for the next phases of your career as an educational leader.*
*Capella cannot guarantee any specific job, promotion, salary increase or other career outcomes. You will need to conduct your own research to understand what opportunities may be available to you. Note that some career paths may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications or other designations along with a degree.
Available for select specializations, our self-paced learning format lets you take classes at your pace and on your budget.
The U.S. Department of Education provides grants that can be used to pay for education expenses, including doctoral program tuition and fees. Explore federal grants
The U.S. Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides funds for part-time work to help college students finance their education. Learn more