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Competency-Based Education

Education created for your career

No wasted time, money, or effort. Our competency-based programs are designed by faculty with industry experts to ensure that you can gain relevant skills to stand out in the workplace and move forward in your career.

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Why professionals need a competency-based education

As an adult student, your time is valuable. You want to reach your career ambitions as quickly as possible, and the best way to do that is to learn from the experts. That’s why all of our programs are designed in consultation with industry leaders, so you can learn the most sought-after skills in your field.

To create our curricula, we consult:

  • Respected employers
  • Professional associations
  • State licensing boards
  • Professional accreditors
  • Scholar-practitioner faculty

The benefits of a competency-based education

Career-crafted curriculum

By consulting those who shape the industry, our courses are built around the expectations of high-performing workers.

Gain practical knowledge and skills

You're not tested on how well you memorize facts. You're assessed on how well you apply your knowledge of key competencies.

Apply what you learn today

Because your courses consider the current and future needs in your industry, you can quickly apply what you’re learning to your career.

"I didn’t want to become stagnant in my professional life and, honestly, I went into the program thinking I’ll get my MBA. I’ll use it later in life. And it turned out I was using the program as I was going through it, and I didn’t have to wait to use the skills I was learning. I was able to apply them immediately."

Maybeth Moses
Master of Business Administration
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

What is competency-based education?

In a competency-based curriculum, you’ll gain valuable skills that are needed to succeed in your chosen field. Rather than cramming for a test, you’ll be asked to demonstrate that you understand a topic before moving on to another, so that you have a strong foundation of knowledge as you move forward in your studies.

The elements of competency-based education at Capella

  1. Assessment: An assignment that measures your knowledge through practical application. For example, you may be asked to build a business case or make recommendations based on a company’s quarterly reports.
  2. Competencies: Knowledge and skills that students are expected to gain from a course. To move on to a new topic, students must demonstrate mastery of a those skills.
  3. Criteria: The elements in an assessment that students will be evaluated on. These are outlined in the assessment rubric.
  4. Grading: Students are graded/evaluated based on how well they demonstrate each of the criteria.
  5. Competency map: A personalized dashboard that shows students their academic progress on each competency. This helps to identify strengths and areas that needs more focus.

A formula for success

As an adult with a lot of responsibilities, you can’t put your life on hold to go back to school. By offering competency-based curricula and two learning formats to choose from, Capella provides a flexible, affordable way for working professionals to earn a degree that’s designed to fit into your life.

Competency-based education in action

Skills to tackle the latest issues

Capella is focused on providing nursing students a strong foundation of knowledge to help them adapt in the workplace.

Capella speaks at CBExchange

Capella grads shared their experiences at a two-day competency-based education conference.

Take the next step

Picture yourself in a cap and gown, ready to take on what’s ahead. Get started on your journey now by connecting with an enrollment counselor. See how Capella may be a good fit for you, and start the application process.