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School Principalship, MA Ed (Focus on Grades PK-8)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $285.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $415.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The School Principalship PK-8 program prepares teachers for the administrative role of principal in a PK-8 school. The coursework is offered online, while the practicum is completed with experienced school administrators serving as mentors. Students may select elective courses focused on early childhood education, elementary or middle school education, among many others. 

This program meets the requirements for Administrative and Supervisory Certification in Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification. If you already have an Educational master's degree, this program can be a stand-alone endorsement. To be eligible for an endorsement as superintendent in the State of Nebraska, one must have earned a master's degree as prinicpal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal from an accredited Nebraska college or university.

This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Richard C. Meyer, EdD
Associate Professor and Chair

With more than 40 years in K-12 education, mainly as a school principal, Richard Meyer has brought a depth of experience to the program and his students. He views his current position as an opportunity to continue his work in education while helping adults become more successful in the K-12 setting.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Standard teaching certificate

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

    Two letters from school administrators plus one other individual who can comment on your potential to do graduate student and for educational leadership.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. Resume and essay on why you wish to pursue a career in school administration

  7. If you have not taught for three consecutive years in the same school system, demonstrate satisfactory score on the Praxis I Test

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 15
Spring Semester
October 15
Summer Sessions
March 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 831Social Foundations of Education3

Course Number: EDAD 831

Sample Syllabus This course provides insight into the relationship of education to the social order, a rationale for the underlying philosophy of education, and an understanding of how political theory and social forces provide for school organization and authority.

EDAD 843Practicum in Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 843

Prerequisite: EDAD 869 or permission of instructor. This course is designed to provide practical learning experience inherent to school principals. Experiences will include discussion of current topics, involvement of presentation of current topics as preparation for conducting staff development, use of resource personnel from education and/or other fields, the completion of 80 hour practicum, a visitation to a school district with over 25,000 students, preparation for the administrative job search.

EDAD 848Curriculum Planning3

Course Number: EDAD 848

The current arena in which principals function is constantly being impacted by societal forces and conditions. The class is designed to assist students to understand major curriculum design models, to interpret school district curricula, and to adjust content as needs and conditions change. The course is designed to prepare individuals for positions in educational administration, particularly those who are interested in the school principalship. Students will study the basic principles of curriculum planning as they relate to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.

EDAD 851Human Resource Management3

Course Number: EDAD 851

This course deals with aspects of human resource management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, staff development, affirmative action, contract management, and collective negotiations. Course emphasis remains on the function of personnel actions on behalf of quality classroom instruction.

EDAD 853School Business Management3

Course Number: EDAD 853

A study of the functions of business management for schools including: budgetary procedures, financial accounting, auditing and reporting, management of funds, purchasing procedures and inventory, the administration and protection of property, and the administration of auxiliary services.

EDAD 854Introduction to Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 854

The course is designed to provide an overview of the function of educational administration in school district organizations. Students will explore the role of the school principal as an instructional leader and a change agent. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of theory and research, there will be a focus on practical applications that are designed to help students implement their acquired knowledge.

EDAD 855Supervision of Instruction3

Course Number: EDAD 855

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.

EDAD 859Legal Basis of Education3

Course Number: EDAD 859

The purpose of this class is to explore the role of the school principal as an educational leader, understand the intricacies of public school administration as it relates to supervision and instruction. An emphasis will be placed on preventative law through the development of an understanding of legal issues facing the school administrator and avoiding possible litigation.

EDAD 869The Principalship3

Course Number: EDAD 869

Prereq: EDAD 854 or permission of the instructor. This is a foundation course in school administration that places emphasis on the responsibilities of the principal. It is designed to serve the interests and needs of certificated personnel who plan to become principals.

EDAD 890Introduction to Educational Research3

Course Number: EDAD 890

This course is designed to explore the attributes of educational research and the roles of the educator in appraising and conducting reliable and valid research studies. Students will not only explore the attributes of effective research and learn to evaluate the quality, efficacy, and validity of research studies, but also learn how to do meaningful research inquiry so that they can design effective research studies and collect, analyze, and interpret data effectively in the study of educational questions at the classroom, building, or district level.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CSP 800Advanced Educational Psychology3

Course Number: CSP 800

This course focuses on school learning, its assessment and factors that are related to it. These factors include, for example, learner's development and characteristics (biological, psychological, cultural and social), learner's exceptionalities, teacher's instructional and behavior management techniques, and social influences. Current issues and problems will be studied and discussed in a seminar setting. There will also be opportunity to study topics of individual concern.

EDAD 833Assessment Leadership3

Course Number: EDAD 833

This course provides educators with the knowledge base and skills required to provide leadership with regards to assessment issues which include but are not exclusive to analysis of data to improve instruction; utilization of assessment instruments for guiding instruction to determine best practices for improved student learning; engagement in continuous evaluation of curriculum and instruction; development of criteria for evaluating data. Using basic knowledge, students will identify an assessment issue of individual significance and develop background information, data, and materials needed to provide leadership with regards to this topic.

EDAD 842Administration in Special Education3

Course Number: EDAD 842

The purpose of this course is to provide the school administrator information concerning legal aspects of special education, identification of special needs students, and options available in programming for handicapped students.

EDAD 846The Junior/Middle School3

Course Number: EDAD 846

This course focuses on program design, implementation and evaluation at the middle grade level. It is designed primarily to meet the needs of elementary and/or secondary trained administrators who plan to become administrators at the middle grades level.

EDAD 870The Principal as Instructional Leader3

Course Number: EDAD 870

Prereq: EDAD 869 or permission of instructor This course is designed to explore the role of the principal as instructional leader and change agent. It is based in the educational effectiveness research and will focus on the leadership role of the principals. It is designed to serve the interests and needs of current administrators who wish to expand their qualifications for the Principalship or certified personnel seeking an additional endorsement.

EDAD 895School Improvement3

Course Number: EDAD 895

School Improvement is designed to provide students of educational administration an understanding of issues related to the school improvement process and its role in the school reformation movement.

TE 850Elementary School Curriculum3

Course Number: TE 850

This class focuses on the principles and trends in elementary curriculum development and a study of the various types of curricula in the elementary school as related to organization patterns. Procedures for continuous evaluation and improvement of local elementary curricula are stressed, including administration and supervision factors and relationship to the affected areas of curriculum.

TE 852Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education3

Course Number: TE 852

This course is designed to provide graduate students with an understanding of the political and social issues facing the early childhood field, how these are effecting systemic change, and ways to respond to those changes. Students will also examine a number of historical and current early initiatives and their effect upon young children and families, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various models of early childhood programs.

TESE 821PNature and Needs of Exceptionalities3

Course Number: TESE 821P

This introductory course surveys the various disability areas in the field of special education and associated educational implications. Major influences from litigation and legislation are discussed along with contemporary issues and trends in special education and gifted education

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $285.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $327.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $855.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $981.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $415.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $457.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1245.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1371.75

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