MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 9, 2007 — Capella University (www.capella.edu), an accredited,* fully online university based in Minneapolis, Minn., has announced that the Minnesota Board of Teaching has granted approval of Capella’s Master of Science in education, reading and literacy specialization. As a result, the program is now recognized by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as one that leads to
Minnesota licensure as a teacher of reading for qualified candidates. This approval is also significant for teachers residing in states that require graduation from a state-approved program to gain reading licensure or endorsement. Capella is unique among online universities in offering a master’s program that has a state-approved specialization in reading and literacy. Read the rest of this entry »


MINNEAPOLIS, April 4, 2005 – Capella University, an online accredited university headquartered in Minneapolis, today announced a partnership with the University of California-Irvine Extension to offer Capella University students a new master's degree specialization in reading and literacy. Graduates of the program will earn a master's degree in education from Capella University, as well as a graduate certificate in reading from UC-Irvine Extension.

Aimed at elementary and secondary teachers, the specialization is designed for K-12 classroom teachers who want to enhance the reading skills of their students, and to impart best practices and key instructional strategies to peers and others involved in reading instruction.

"This partnership is a great example of two institutions taking an innovative approach to helping learners gain access to the high-quality educational opportunities they deserve," said Mike Offerman, president, Capella University. "This program gives K-12 teachers across the country access to a unique degree specialization that is growing increasingly important and in-demand in today's educational environment.

"The new specialization prepares successful graduates for opportunities to serve as highly qualified lead teachers and resident experts in reading diagnosis and programming," said Gary Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, UC-Irvine. "Such expertise is increasingly important in public education today as the number of students with limited English proficiency increases dramatically."

UC-Irvine's reading certificate is state-approved in California and is aligned with nationally recognized teaching standards. The online courses will be developed collaboratively by Capella University and UC-Irvine Extension and will be taught by UC-Irvine Extension instructors who have been trained in the use of Capella University's online delivery systems.

The new reading and literacy specialization is scheduled to be introduced through Capella University in summer 2005. Information is now available for interested students at www.capella.edu/education.

About the University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked public university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UC-Irvine Extension is the continuing education arm of the University and serves over 25,000 students each year with professional and life-enriching programs.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993 to serve working adults and employers, Capella University is an online accredited* academic institution. Capella University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, technology, education, human services and psychology. The university currently serves more than 12,000 enrolled learners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Central to Capella's approach are achievement-oriented learners, expert faculty, and a university staff that is passionate about each individual's success. Today, Capella is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.capella.edu or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.