Educational Administration, M Ed (P-12 School Principal)

Master in Education Degree with a Focus in P to 12 School Leadership

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Blended
  • 36
    Credits
  • $357.00
    In-State
  • $750.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Master of Education (M Ed) in Educational Administration with an area of study in P-12 Administration program is designed for those seeking a school principal endorsement. 

Students choose this program to: 

  • Develop a portfolio in order to verify they meet the standards for administrative certificate and to serve as the final examination for the degree. 
  • 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, grading and assessment, curriculum and other vital topics. 

This coursework is designed to follow the ILLC Educational Leadership Policy Standards adopted by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the 135 contact hours of field experience. Courses integrate School Leaders Licensure Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes and practical skills necessary for building-level administration and leadership.

Note: After successful completion of this course of study, students will meet the requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Education and, upon successful completion of the PRAXIS II exam, may apply for administrative certification.

Career Outlook: Educational administrators oversee student services, academics and curriculum in schools and colleges. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Degree must be from an accredited institution

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    A teaching certificate

  4. Previous work experience

    At least 2 years 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) contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application
  2. Pay the $50 non-refundable application fee
  3. Complete and submit a separate application the academic department
  4. Apply and be admitted to the department

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students complete six credit hours during their first summer (EDAD 800 and 948), meeting on-campus for two days in June and again for two days in July. Students also attend Nebraska Administrators Days to present their culminating projects.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3
School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
EDAD 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 830Administrative Theory3
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 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 837Education Law1 - 4
Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
EDAD 811Practicum3
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 903Community Relations3
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 981Introduction to Research3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 833Educational Finance3
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 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3
Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3
School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
EDAD 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 830Administrative Theory3
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 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 837Education Law1 - 4
Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
EDAD 811Practicum3
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 903Community Relations3
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 981Introduction to Research3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 833Educational Finance3
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 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3
Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 852School Culture and Student Behavior3
School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
EDAD 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 830Administrative Theory3
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 800Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 837Education Law1 - 4
Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
EDAD 811Practicum3
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 903Community Relations3
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 981Introduction to Research3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
EDAD 833Educational Finance3
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 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3
Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$357.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$409.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1071.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1227.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$750.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$802.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$2250.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2406.75
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.

Application Deadlines
  • Summer SessionsApr 01
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