Educational Administration, EdD (P-12 School Superintendent)

Doctor of Education Degree with a Specialization in P to 12 School Leadership

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Blended
  • 96
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Why Pursue This Program

The blended Educational Administrative, Ed.D. with specialization in P-12 School Leadership is designed for students seeking an endorsement as a P-12 superintendent. 

The challenges for school leaders has never been more significant. School leaders are tasked with improving instruction and student learning and providing optimal learning environments for teachers, students and staff. They also must create a safe and welcoming culture for all. 

Students choose the Educational Administration, EdD (P-12 Superintendent Endorsement) program to: 

  • Learn from faculty who conduct and share leading research on authentic school leadership challenges. 
  • Participate in the authentic internship experience in their districts with support from a field-based mentor and a faculty mentor. 
  • Gain knowledge from leading authorities who share well-established expertise on topics such as instructional leadership, school culture and climate, technology, grading and assessment, curriculum and other vital topics. 

Coursework is designed to integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes and practical skills necessary for effective district-level leadership.

Note: This is a blended program, requiring students to attend three on-campus seminars during the first, second and third summer terms of enrollment. The on-campus seminars are intense, short sessions focused on topics of compelling interest taught by experts in trends in P-12 administration. All other courses are offered online.

This program is offered as a cooperative program through the UNL and UNO campuses. 

Career Outlook: Educational administrators oversee student services, academics and curriculum in schools and colleges. Typically, postsecondary education administrators need a master’s degree because employers prefer to hire candidates that have experience with the job duties listed above. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Postsecondary Education Administrators is growing at 10%, which is faster than average. The Bureau reports that the demand for Elementary, Middle and High School Principals is growing at 8%, which is about as fast as average. Principals coordinate curriculums, oversee teachers and provide a safe environment for students.

More about the Department of Educational Administration:

The Department of Educational Administration has been a part of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 1913. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing individuals to serve and lead educational organizations in the challenges facing 21st-century teaching and learning. Distance education is an essential part of the academic programs of the department, with a majority of the classes now available online. The department is constantly working to improve its efforts, both in terms of the developmental needs of students and in the quality of their academic work. 

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.


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.

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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.