Capella University Offers New Early Childhood Education Specialization Within its MS in Education Online Degree Program

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Twenty-eight states require specialized training for lead teachers in pre-K programs.

children who enter school with language skills and pre-reading skills…are more likely to learn to read well in the early grades and succeed in later years

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited*, fully online university based in Minneapolis, announced today that it is offering a new Early Childhood Education specialization within its Master of Science in Education online degree program. Lead teachers in state-funded pre-kindergarten programs are required to have specialized training in early childhood education in 28 states, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

There's a growing recognition that early childhood education can have a long-term impact on students' achievement throughout their education. The U.S. Department of Education's "No Child Left Behind" Web site notes that "children who enter school with language skills and pre-reading skills…are more likely to learn to read well in the early grades and succeed in later years" and cites research that shows that "most reading problems faced by adolescents and adults are the result of problems that could have been prevented through good instruction in their early childhood years."

"Teacher preparation is critical to providing that 'good instruction,'" said Phil Corkill, PhD, faculty director for K-12 Program Development and Delivery in Capella's School of Education. "Our new Early Childhood Education specialization is designed for licensed teachers who have a passion for education at the early stages of development and want to pursue specialized preparation in that area. It complements our existing portfolio of education specializations, which includes a variety of K-12 specific specializations for both teachers and administrators, as well as specializations focused on higher education careers."

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its MS in Education, Early Childhood Education specialization. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), option 3, or e-mail info(at)capella.edu.

Review of this specialization is pending in AZ, FL, KY, OH, SC, and WA. Contact an enrollment counselor for additional information.

Admission to the Early Childhood Education specialization requires learners to complete and submit the Capella University School of Education Certification of Teacher Licensure form located at http://www.capella.edu/aspscripts/schools/TeacherLicensure.pdf.

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 cannot guarantee licensure. This program is 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 he/she 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 or profed@ospi.wednet.edu 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.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, public 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 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs, as of October 23, 2007. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 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 http://www.capella.edu 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), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), http://www.capella.edu.

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