Capella University

MS - K-12 Studies in Education

Capella University's Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education program is designed to teach students how to improve the achievements of those they instruct. Read more about the Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education program at Capella here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education program at Capella is designed for licensed teachers. Students might need access to a K-12 classroom. Applicants to Capella University who are under 24 years of age must have completed at least two years of college or have active military status; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Capella University's Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education program gives students the opportunity to learn about research methodology, educational leadership foundations, differentiated instruction, learning theory, and classroom management. Courses are also designed to teach improvement strategies, instruction evaluation, teacher supervision, professional development, curriculum planning, and achievement gaps. Students complete a practicum or capstone course and select two additional courses to complete the specialization component, in addition to taking eight elective courses. Students have the opportunity to develop leadership, communication, research, and critical thinking skills.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

48 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Capella participates in several 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 information on other non-federal loan programs.

Capella-funded scholarships are also available in select disciplines, such as the Robert C. Ford Human Services Scholarship and the Helene Krivosha Scholarship for education students. There are also external scholarships offered specifically to Capella students, such as the Go the Distance Scholarship.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

  • ED 5007: Foundations of Educational Leadership (6 credits)
  • Choose one:
    • ED 5501: Assessment and Improvement of Instruction (4 credits)
    • ED 7541: Teacher Supervision and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • ED 5500: Standards-Based Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (4 credits)
  • Choose one:
    • ED 5502: Learning Theory and Instructional Practice (4 credits)
    • ED 5503: Classroom Management Strategies (4 credits)
  • ED 5504: Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap (4 credits)
  • ED 5006: Survey of Research Methodology (4 credits)

Specialization Courses

  • Choose one:
    • ED 5542: Master's Capstone in K-12 Studies in Education (6 credits)
    • ED 5543: Master's Practicum in K-12 Studies in Education (6 credits)
  • Choose two of the following:
    • ED 5506: Standards and the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum (4 credits)
    • ED 5507: The Art of Planning Mathematics Instruction (4 credits)
    • ED 5508: Research and Best Practices in Mathematics Instruction (4 credits)
    • ED 5511: Teaching Algebra for Understanding (4 credits)
    • ED 5513: Middle-Level Issues (4 credits)
    • ED 5514: Educational Leadership for Teacher-Leaders (4 credits)
    • ED 5515: Action Research for Teacher-Leaders (4 credits)
    • ED 5516: Adult Learning and Professional Development (4 credits)
    • ED 5522: The Art of Planning Science Instruction: Creating the Engaged Science Student (4 credits)
    • ED 5523: Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Elementary Science Teachers (4 credits)
    • ED 5524: Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Resources for Secondary Science Teachers (4 credits)
    • ED 5526: Student Assessment and Work Analysis in Science Instruction (4 credits)
    • ED 5528: Technology Skills for the Virtual School Teacher (4 credits)
    • ED 5529: Instructional Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 credits)
    • ED 5530: Assessment Strategies for the Virtual School Teacher (4 credits)
    • ED 5531: Communication Skills and the Virtual School Teacher (4 credits)
    • ED 5532: Social Issues and Virtual School Teaching (4 credits)

Elective Courses

  • Select any two graduate courses (8 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Potential Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Science in K through 12 Studies in Education program at Capella could pursue employment in the education field. Their work might include teaching elementary, secondary, or community college students, assisting with curriculum development, or consulting.

Positions students could be interested in include:

  • Community college instructor
  • Consultant
  • Curriculum coach
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Resource teacher
  • Secondary school teacher

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