Educational Administration, Principal Endorsement (P-8) or (7-12)

Administrative Endorsement with a Focus in Elementary (P to 8) or Secondary (7 to 12) School Leadership

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online principal endorsement in Educational Administration with an area of study in P-12 Leadership is designed to build visionary thinkers, reflective learners and servant leaders in education. 

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 create a safe and welcoming culture for all. 

Students choose the Educational Administration (Leadership in Elementary P-8 and Secondary 7-12) Principal Endorsement 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 key topics. 

This endorsement enables students to be certified as a school administrator in the following fields:

  • Elementary Principal
  • Middle-Level Principal
  • Secondary Principal

Note: It is the student’s responsibility to check that any UNL program for administrative certification/endorsement is accepted in their respective state and it is the responsibility of the student to apply for certification. Credits from other accredited institutions can often be easily transferred to complete the program.

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. 

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.