Capella University Announces New Education Specialist Online Degree

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Online university also launches new School Counseling specialization within its MS in Human Services program

Capella University (, an accredited,* online university based in Minneapolis, has announced a new Education Specialist (EdS) degree program in its School of Education. Within this online degree program, two specializations are being offered, Leadership in Educational Administration, and Curriculum and Instruction. Capella also announced a new education-focused specialization, School Counseling, as part of its Master of Science in Human Services program.

"With the addition of the EdS degree, Capella can offer teachers and administrators an intermediate degree between our master's and PhD degree programs," said Harry McLenighan, dean of Capella's School of Education. "According to the National Center for Education Statistics' most recent Schools and Staffing Survey, more than 30 percent of the nation's public school principals have an EdS or other intermediate degree. We think it's important to provide an EdS option for people who want education beyond their master's degree, but currently don't want to pursue a PhD."

Within its new EdS degree program, Capella is offering a state-approved specialization in Leadership in Educational Administration. State approval is required for principal or superintendent licensure in some states, and Capella is one of very few online universities to offer a state-approved Leadership in Educational Administration within an EdS program. The other new EdS specialization, Curriculum and Instruction, was developed to help meet the demand for curriculum specialists, a field that has been growing in response to increased calls for educational quality and accountability. Capella also offers master's degree and doctoral degree specializations in Leadership in Educational Administration and Curriculum and Instruction.

Capella's new School Counseling specialization, within its MS in Human Services program, is also designed to meet a growing educational need. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, increased school enrollments, more state counseling mandates, and expanded counseling responsibilities will increase employment opportunities for school counselors. The curriculum for Capella's new specialization was based on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for these new specializations. For more information, please call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552), option 3, or e-mail

Review of the EdS, Leadership in Educational Administration, and Curriculum and Instruction specializations is pending in AZ, FL, GA, KY, SC, and WA. Review of the MS in Human Services, School Counseling specialization is pending in AL, AZ, FL, GA, KY, OH, SC, and WA.

State regulations vary regarding course requirements for professional licensure. For assistance with state-mandated course requirements for licensure, contact the appropriate school representative. Capella University does not, and cannot, guarantee licensure. These programs are intended to prepare learners for the state's licensure exam. Attainment of state license is the learner's responsibility. Each learner must determine the requirements of each state in which the learner seeks to be licensed and is responsible for compliance with those requirements.

Prospective Washington state learners are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360-725-6320 to determine whether this education program is approved for teacher certification or endorsements in Washington state. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

In Minnesota, learners who wish to add endorsements to an existing license must complete additional field work. To expand an elementary or secondary license to K-12, learners must complete a second 200-hour internship. To add a principal endorsement to a superintendent endorsement in Minnesota (or vice versa), the internship is 320 hours (MR, 3512.0200, Subp.3.).

Learners seeking licensure in Arizona after August 2006 must secure a Structured English Immersion endorsement (SEI). Capella University has entered into an alliance with Rio Salado College regarding course work for the SEI endorsement. Learners who need this endorsement are encouraged to contact Rio Salado College to discuss the necessary courses and the application process at Rio Salado College.

Graduates of the MS in Human Services, School Counseling specialization are not eligible for licensure in South Carolina. Learners residing in South Carolina should check with the state licensing agency for specific requirements for professional licensure.

About Capella University:
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited,* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 101 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves nearly 20,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552),


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