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Capella University Adds Four Common Core Emphases to Online Master’s Degree Specialization in K-12 Studies in Education

With the internationally-benchmarked Common Core academic standards being widely adopted across the United States, Capella University has announced the addition of four content emphases to its MS in Education K-12 Studies in Education specialization ( The emphases—Standards-Based Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts—incorporate the national Common Core State Standards developed by education leaders across the country. Capella University ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers.

The development of Common Core State Standards is a national initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. The process also included significant input from teachers, parents, administrators, and other concerned citizens and was benchmarked against international best practices in education. The Common Core is designed to standardize K-12 learning and proficiency expectations across the country to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. Currently, 44 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards and are in the process of implementing them.

“We regularly review our programs to ensure that they are meeting the needs and expectations of today’s educators, the students they teach, and the schools that employ them,” said Feranda Williamson, EdD, dean of Capella’s School of Education. “We consider the Common Core State Standards among the most relevant issues in K-12 education today and we felt it was important to augment our K-12 Studies in Education master’s program to prepare educators to teach this content.”

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For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or email [email protected].

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Master of Science in Education, K-12 Studies in Education

Maryland residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

This specialization does not satisfy licensure requirements for P–12 public school teachers or administrators. State regulations vary regarding salary benefits. It is the learner’s responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their state. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, please see the Licensure section on the school’s website.

This specialization does not provide advanced teacher licensure nor does it necessarily qualify candidates for advancements in pay in North Carolina. Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction ( regarding specific advanced licensure and pay requirements in their program areas.

About Capella University
Capella University ( is a regionally accredited online university* that offers online degree programs designed to help working adults advance in their careers. Over 70 percent of Capella students are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work. Capella also offers bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 141 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 25 certificate programs, including six new direct assessment degree delivery programs**. Approximately 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Dec. 31, 2013, from all 50 states and 61 other countries. Capella is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Founded in 1993, Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

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* Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
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**In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (ED) direct assessment approval requirements, a notification has been submitted to the ED so that the IT and Psychology FlexPath programs may be eligible for federal financial aid. These programs are currently not approved for federal financial aid. Capella University will keep applicants and learners interested in FlexPath fully informed of any decisions made by the ED.

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