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Educational Administration: Elementary (P-8) and Secondary (7-12)

Principal Endorsement

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $700.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online Educational Administration/Principal Endorsement in P-12 leadership is for individuals seeking a school principal endorsement in Elementary, Middle-level, or Secondary Education. Primary emphasis in all department courses is on the principles, processes and practical skills necessary for the leadership, organization and administration of educational institutions. Credits from other accredited institutions can often be easily transferred to complete the program.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Must come from an accredited institution

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    A teaching certificate

  4. Previous work experience

    At least two years of teaching experience

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

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

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
October 1
Summer Sessions
February 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 811Practicum3

Course Number: EDAD 811

Prereq: Permission May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.

EDAD 830Administrative Theory3

Course Number: EDAD 830

Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.

EDAD 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3

Course Number: EDAD 851

Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.

EDAD 903Community Relations3

Course Number: EDAD 903

Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.

EDAD 948Instructional Leadership: Emerging Trends and Practices3

Course Number: EDAD 948

(TEAC 948) Changing roles for persons engaged in instructional and curricular leadership in educational institutions. Literature on staff development, assessment and evaluation, and effective schools serve as the basis for studying and applying this information to a variety of educational settings. Issues such as teacher empowerment and site-based management, along with cooperative learning provide the focus of the activities.

TEAC 800Inquiry into Teaching and Learning3

Course Number: TEAC 800

Contemporary educational research from multiple theoretical perspectives (available online every fall): One of two introductory survey courses providing the necessary groundwork for further graduate study at the master level. This course has two aims: 1) To become more familiar with basic principles of contemporary educational research which will enable participants to become better consumers of that research, and 2) To begin to understand what this research suggests about educational practice, teaching, and teachers.

TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3

Course Number: TEAC 801

The relationship between curriculum theory and/or research to educational practices.

TEAC 888Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner3

Course Number: TEAC 888

Seminar on the principles of practitioner inquiry and development of a proposal for an inquiry project. Prerequisites: TEAC 800 and 801, or permission

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 833Educational Finance3

Course Number: EDAD 833

Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.

EDAD 837Education Law1-4

Course Number: EDAD 837

Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.

EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3

Course Number: EDAD 852

School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.

TEAC 832Higher Education in America3

Course Number: TEAC 832

Prereq: 12 hrs education; 1 yr American History or permission. History and development of America’s colleges and universities and a study of some recent trends and problems in higher education.

TEAC 861Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues3

Course Number: TEAC 861

Educational practices and policies for people from historically oppressed groups in the United States Foundation of multicultural education. Discussion of contemporary educational issues within the context of multicultural and cultural diversity. Critique of curricular materials and resources promoting a multicultural perspective.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $700.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $752.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2100.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2256.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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