Educational Administration, Principal Endorsement (P-12 School Leadership)

Administrative Endorsement 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 Principal Endorsement in Educational Administration with an area of study in P-12 program is designed for individuals seeking a school administrative endorsement as an elementary (P-8) or secondary (7-12) principal. 

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 must also create a safe and welcoming culture for all.

Students choose this 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 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. 

The Educational Administration (P-12 Educational Administration) Principal Endorsement enables students to be certified as a school administrator in the following fields:

  • Elementary Principal
  • Middle-Level Principal
  • Secondary Principal
  • Curriculum Supervisor
  • Supervisor of Special Education

Note: Credits from other accredited institutions can often be easily transferred to complete the program. If you already have a master’s degree, a teaching certificate and two years of teaching experience, you may elect to enroll in just the principal endorsement.

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

  8. Personal vitae or resume

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) KY 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. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  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/SPED 856Supervising Special Education3
For principals or other administrators who have special education programs in their buildings. Overview of disabilities, related law, special education programs, personnel issues, etc., and instructional methods and administrative support for effective integration of disabled students into regular programs.
TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3
Focuses on building an understanding of mathematics curriculum development, including historical and contemporary issues that influence curriculum planning and educational change. This course is usually offered in general online sections for teacher.
EDAD 800Foundation of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD/SPED 856Supervising Special Education3
For principals or other administrators who have special education programs in their buildings. Overview of disabilities, related law, special education programs, personnel issues, etc., and instructional methods and administrative support for effective integration of disabled students into regular programs.
TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3
Focuses on building an understanding of mathematics curriculum development, including historical and contemporary issues that influence curriculum planning and educational change. This course is usually offered in general online sections for teacher.
EDAD 800Foundation of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD/SPED 856Supervising Special Education3
For principals or other administrators who have special education programs in their buildings. Overview of disabilities, related law, special education programs, personnel issues, etc., and instructional methods and administrative support for effective integration of disabled students into regular programs.
TEAC 801Curriculum Inquiry3
Focuses on building an understanding of mathematics curriculum development, including historical and contemporary issues that influence curriculum planning and educational change. This course is usually offered in general online sections for teacher.
EDAD 800Foundation of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administration3
A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.

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
Shavonna Holman, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice

Prior to higher education, Shavonna Holman spent more than 10 years in the public education sector serving both as an elementary teacher and elementary principal in diverse, urban settings. Holman’s current outreach work includes involvement with AdvancED as well as a collaborative research effort with the Nebraska Department of Education Title I Office and Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 01
  • Spring SemesterOct 01
  • Summer SessionsFeb 01
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