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

Graduate Endorsement

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    24
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $309.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $435.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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 responsive, reflective and a 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 students 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.


This program is accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and Nebraska Department of Education
This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Michael Teahon, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Department Chair

Michael Teahon has 34 years of educational experience and has worked 18 years as the superintendent at Gothenburg Public Schools. Teahon has served as an adjunct professor at UNK's educational administration department since 2013 and has held leadership positions with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Nebraska Association of School Administrators and numerous other groups. He was recently named the 2018-19 Superintendent of the Year by the Nebraska Association of School Administrators.

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:

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

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 10
Spring Semester
November 10
Summer Session
April 10

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 843Practicum in Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 843

This course, graded as credit-no credit, 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 internship, a visitation to a school district with over 25,000 students and preparation for the administrative job search.

EDAD 848Curriculum Planning3

Course Number: EDAD 848

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 851Human Resource Management3

Course Number: EDAD 851

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.

EDAD 853School Business Management3

Course Number: EDAD 853

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 854Introduction to Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 854

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 855Supervision of Instruction3

Course Number: EDAD 855

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining entry-level understandings and skills relating to the supervision of instruction.

EDAD 859Legal Basis of Education3

Course Number: EDAD 859

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 869The Principalship3

Course Number: EDAD 869

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.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $309.00
  • Fees: $56.25
  • Total: $365.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $927.00
  • Fees: $168.75
  • Total: $1095.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $435.00
  • Fees: $56.25
  • Total: $491.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1305.00
  • Fees: $168.75
  • Total: $1473.75
Note: Additional fees may be assessed based on the enrolled course. 

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