School Superintendent, Educational Specialist (EdS)

School Superintendent Education Specialist

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 33
  • $315.00
  • $444.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online School Superintendent, Education Specialist (EdS) program leads to an advanced degree for those who already hold a master's degree in education. The Specialist degree prepares current administrators for the role of the school superintendent. 

Students choose the online School Superintendent, EdS. to: 

  • 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: The 33 credit hour program meets the requirements for the Nebraska Professional Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, preparing candidates for superintendent positions in all public and parochial schools in Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

In order to be eligible for an endorsement as superintendent in the State of Nebraska, you must have earned a master's degree as principal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal in an accredited Nebraska college or university.

A special note for out-of-state students: 

  • Out-of-state students who apply for the Education Specialist degree and complete the degree program will need to check with their respective state certification officers.
  • Out-of-state students who apply for the Education Specialist degree and complete the degree program will not be recommended for endorsement as superintendent unless deemed otherwise by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Career Outlook: Educational administrators oversee student services, academics and curriculum in schools and colleges. Superintendents plan, direct and coordinate the academic and administrative activities of public or private PK-12 schools. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Postsecondary Education Administrators is growing at 10% which is faster than average.

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.