Educational Administration & Supervision, Six-Year Certificate

Superintendent Endorsement

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Blended
  • Total Credits
    30
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $700.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This Certificate of Specialization  in Educationa lAdministration  is designed to meet the requirements for a Nebraska Professional Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, with the certificate endorsement of superintendent. In this blended program, most of the coursework can be completed online; however, students are required to attend on-campus seminars during the summer terms of enrollment. The endorsement can also be completed within the curriculum of an Ed.D. degree. 

Consider this degree if you are:

  • Principal wishing to move to district-level administration
  • Doctoral (Ed.D.) student interested in P-12 administration at the district level

Credits from other accredited institutions can sometimes often be easily transferred to complete the program. If you already have a master’s degree, a teaching certificate, and two years of teaching experience,  you may elect to enroll in just the principal endorsement.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).

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 enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    You must have 66 semester credit hours in a program of study specified by the Department of Education (30 hours beyond the M.Ed. with principal endorsement)

  4. Taken the GRE

  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 and NC, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
October 1
Summer Sessions
January 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 801Cross-Cultural Leadership Studies3

Course Number: EDAD 801

Prereq: Permission For those interested in exploring leadership and leadership issues from a cross-cultural perspective. Students construct their understanding of different cultural perspectives on leadership through readings, interviews, and field trips. Provides students with a valuable perspective on their own and other cultural perspectives through the comparison of cultural viewpoints. Native American understanding of leadership.

EDAD 835Business Managment of Schools3

Course Number: EDAD 835

Allocation and management of fiscal resources including aspects of financial planning and reporting, budgeting and accounting procedures, purchasing, risk management and insurance, investing and bond issues, and auxiliary service.

EDAD 901System-Level School Improvement3

Course Number: EDAD 901

Knowledge and skills required for system-level leaders to bring about school improvement and enhance student achievement. Creating systems that engage the public, performing in complex political environments, and delivering needed services to schools and classrooms.

EDAD 905Issues in Governance of Educational Institutions1-3

Course Number: EDAD 905

(1-3 cr, max 3) Issues in the governance of K-12 schools including administrator-school board roles and relationships.

EDAD 906Issues in System Level Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 906

(now the old 844) Prereq: Masters degree or equivalent. Selected system level issues faced by PreK-12 school administrators.

EDAD 966Leadership in Educational Organizations3

Course Number: EDAD 966

Education administration problems with an analysis of research and literature pertaining to these problems.

EDAD 982ASuperintendent Academy I3

Course Number: EDAD 982A

A forum for dialogue and an exchange of ideas and experiences while creating a network of support for colleagues. Exploration and developing the skills, knowledge, understandings and unique features required of the superintendent's roles and responsibilities. Multiple perspectives on effective leadership and participants will be challenged to look at educational issues in new ways. Participants will be encouraged to bring contemporary educational issues to the sessions for intensive, confidential review and discussion. Interaction with session leaders and participants will be facilitated in an effort to examine the rapidly changing realities of public education and the impact these changes are having on the roles/responsibilities of the public school superintendent. (Requires 1 week on-campus with additional online content.)

EDAD 982BSuperintendent Academy II3

Course Number: EDAD 982B

Designed to provide future school superintendents a link between theory and practice through case studies and voice-of-experience discussions. This academy is a forum for processing the "on-the-job" experiences with participants who are pursing doctoral studies, those who are about to enter the role of the superintendent, or those who are new to the work of school leadership. Provides training situations for developing leadership skills, examination of the practical challenges that school leaders face. Examination of contemporary educational issues through different organizational frameworks and review of various issues related to the management of change. (Requires 1 week on-campus with additional online content.)

EDAD 998Internship in Educational Administration3

Course Number: EDAD 998

Opportunity for educational administrators to gain an understanding of administering changes or innovations, and to obtain supervised field experience. Consideration will be given antecedents of change, change models, the role of government, forces that restrict or stimulate change, tools to implement change, and evaluation.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
EDAD 902Data for Action Planning3

Course Number: EDAD 902

Assessment theory and types of assessments used to measure student performance relative to a school improvement goal. Relationships between profile data and baseline data, locally developed classroom assessments, and post data pertaining to school improvement goals and action plans.

EDAD 907Issues in Educational Politics and Policies3

Course Number: EDAD 907

Analyze and evaluate policy processes involved in making choices; develop understanding, apply and evaluate knowledge about key political concepts and theories to the analysis of educational policy issues; analyze and evaluate issues as points of political conflict between institutional structures with competing interests; understand people as the actors in roles they occupy in the political system.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $700.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $752.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $2100.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $2256.75

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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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