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

Program Overview

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. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Must come 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 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 contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for Graduate Studies
  2. Pay $50 application fees
  3. Apply and be admitted to the Department of Educational Administration
  4. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TEAC 800Inquiry into Teaching and Learning3
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.
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 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 948Instructional Leadership: Emerging Trends and Practices3
(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 888Teacher as Scholarly Practitioner3
Seminar on the principles of practitioner inquiry and development of a proposal for an inquiry project. Prerequisites: TEAC 800 and 801, or permission
EDAD 851Faculty and Staff Appraisal3
Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.
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.

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.
TEAC 861Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues3
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.
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 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.
TEAC 832Higher Education in America3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

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