School Principalship PreK-8 or 7-12, Educational Administration Endorsement

Educational Administration Endorsement in School Principalship PK-8 or 7-12

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Program Overview

The online Educational Administration, School Principalship PreK-8 or 7-12, Graduate Endorsement prepares teachers for the administrative role of principal in a PreK-8 or 7-12 setting. 

Why students choose this program:

  • Learn to be an effective school administrator who is a responsive, reflective and collaborative decision-maker.
  • Obtain the necessary knowledge, skill and technological expertise for this administrative role.
  • Organize learning environments that embrace the principles of democracy, diversity and equity.

Note: This program meets the requirements for Administrative and Supervisory Certification in Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification. If you already have an Educational master's degree, this program can be a stand-alone endorsement. To be eligible for an endorsement as superintendent in the State of Nebraska, one must have earned a master's degree as principal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal from an accredited Nebraska college or university.

Courses that have been completed at any time during a student's previous education may be eligible to transfer toward the endorsement program. The program is also offered with additional coursework as an online master's degree in Educational Administration: School Principalship, PreK-8 or 7-12.

Career Outlook: Elementary, middle and high school principals coordinate curriculums, oversee teachers and provide a safe environment for students. 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.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Master's degree

    A master's degree in education or related field OR an educational specialist degree.

  2. Completed coursework

    EDAD 831 Social Foundations and EDAD 890 Introduction to Educational Research

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions.
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 854Introduction to Educational Administration3
The course is designed to provide an overview of the function of educational administration in school district organizations. Students will explore the role of the school principal as an instructional leader and a change agent. In addition to the comprehensive coverage of theory and research, there will be a focus on practical applications that are designed to help students implement their acquired knowledge.
EDAD 853School Business Management3
A study of the functions of business management for schools including: budgetary procedures, financial accounting, auditing and reporting, management of funds, purchasing procedures and inventory, the administration and protection of property, and the administration of auxiliary services.
EDAD 843Practicum in Educational Administration3
Prerequisite: EDAD 869 or permission of instructor. This course is designed to provide practical learning experience inherent to school principals. Experiences will include discussion of current topics, involvement of presentation of current topics as preparation for conducting staff development, use of resource personnel from education and/or other fields, the completion of 80 hour practicum, a visitation to a school district with over 25,000 students, preparation for the administrative job search.
EDAD 869The Principalship3
Prereq: EDAD 854 or permission of the instructor. This is a foundation course in school administration that places emphasis on the responsibilities of the principal. It is designed to serve the interests and needs of certificated personnel who plan to become principals.
EDAD 855Supervision of Instruction3
This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.
EDAD 848Curriculum Planning3
The current arena in which principals function is constantly being impacted by societal forces and conditions. The class is designed to assist students to understand major curriculum design models, to interpret school district curricula, and to adjust content as needs and conditions change. The course is designed to prepare individuals for positions in educational administration, particularly those who are interested in the school principalship. Students will study the basic principles of curriculum planning as they relate to curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.
EDAD 859Legal Basis of Education3
The purpose of this class is to explore the role of the school principal as an educational leader, understand the intricacies of public school administration as it relates to supervision and instruction. An emphasis will be placed on preventative law through the development of an understanding of legal issues facing the school administrator and avoiding possible litigation.
EDAD 851Human Resource Management3
This course deals with aspects of human resource management, including recruitment, selection, orientation, evaluation, staff development, affirmative action, contract management, and collective negotiations. Course emphasis remains on the function of personnel actions on behalf of quality classroom instruction.

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 11
  • Spring SemesterNov 11
  • Summer SessionApr 11