Capella University

EdD - Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

EdD - Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies

Format: Online

Program Description:

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

Capella University’s online EdD specialization, Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies, prepares you to adopt the leadership skills needed to build a culture of effective teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and district.

This EdD program offers a specialization that can help you take a leadership role in promoting a culture of collaboration in your school, use data to improve teacher performance and student learning, and advocate for teachers and students. Capella’s comprehensive approach will guide you through this applied research doctorate, allowing you to gain the critical skills you need to become a teacher leader. Faculty offer personalized support to guide your progress through the doctorate, build your applied research and writing skills, and encourage expertise and leadership in your profession.

This program is designed around the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Teachers, the Association of Teacher Educators Standards for Teacher Educators, and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.

With your EdD in Teacher Leader in K-12 Studies from Capella, you’ll develop a strong grasp of educational leadership, including finance, HR, operations, data-informed decision making, systems thinking, and change management. Your capstone experience will offer you unique skills based on practical application of the knowledge you obtain in this program.

Graduates with an advanced degree in K-12 studies can look forward to career opportunities in a variety of roles, such as teachers and leaders within school districts, assessment directors, superintendents, reading and literacy department specialists, and staff in local or state education agencies. 

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


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),

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

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