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EdD - Personalized Competency-Based Instruction

Students seeking to develop advanced skills and knowledge in curriculum design and personalized learning concepts could benefit from Capella University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction program. Find out more about this online EdD program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education (EdD) with a specialization in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrollment in Capella's EdD - Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction program, prospective students should hold a master's degree from an accredited institution. It could prove beneficial to display strong assessment, communication, and collaborative skills. All applicants to Capella University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From instructional improvement strategies to personalized learning theories, the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction at Capella University is designed to address concepts in curriculum development, assessment strategies, and personalized learning planning. Topics covered in required courses are likely to include student and teacher performance, technologies in instructional improvement, curriculum standards and assessments, curriculum implementation practices, and instructional plan strategies. Other courses might address educational technology integration, school improvement initiatives, data management practices, and the use of collaborative digital tools in education. In the capstone, students are required to draw on research methodologies and knowledge of the concepts addressed in the program to complete a project discussing an organizational, institutional, or community-based concern and offering a solution to that concern.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

64 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education with a specialization in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction:

This EdD - Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction program consists of a total of 64 credits, reflecting 52 credits in required courses and 12 credits in a doctoral capstone. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (64 credits)

  • Advanced Studies in Education: Theory, Practice, and Purpose
  • Leadership Principles in Technology Integration, Innovation, and School Improvement
  • Action Research for School Practitioners
  • Developing a Collaborative Culture in the Digital Age
  • Using Technology for Instructional Improvement: Research, Data, and Best Practices
  • Advanced Theories and Concepts in Competency-Based Learning
  • Advanced Theories and Concepts in Personalized Learning
  • Implementing a Competency-Based and Personalized Learning Curriculum
  • Evaluating and Assessing Personalized and Competency-Based Curriculum
  • Doctoral Capstone (minimum of two times)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Capella's EdD with a specialization in Personalized and Competency-Based Instruction program might have developed the ability to employ instructional and assessment strategies in learning and curriculum development to fill directorial, specialist, or higher-level teaching positions. They might seek these roles in colleges or universities, K-12 public or private schools, educational research organizations, adult education programs, or continuing education programs.

Specific careers that graduates might be interested in include:

  • Curriculum specialist
  • Curriculum director
  • Director of instruction
  • District teacher development coordinator
  • Academic affairs vice president

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