Educational Administration - School Leadership

Educational Administration - School Leadership Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Designed for individuals interested in P-12 school leadership, the MEd degree includes courses leading to administrative certification (most often the elementary or secondary principal endorsement). A portfolio is developed at the completion of the program to both verify that the student meets the standards for administrative certification and to serve as the final examination for the degree.

Effective in Fall 2017, the MEd program will return to a 6 credit hour "block" of courses required during the first summer of enrollment. The block is designed to bring students together for two on campus meetings (each lasting two days) and all students will attend Nebraska Administrator Days, held during the last week of July.

Options exist to complete the remaining courses through online offerings or to take four of the courses on campus.

The curriculum is designed to follow the ILLC Educational Leadership Policy Standards adopted by the Council of Chief State School Officers and will provide students with 135 contact hours of field experience.

After successful completion of this course of study, students will meet the requirements set forth by the Nebraska Department of Education and, upon successful completion of the PRAXIS II exam, may apply for administrative certification.

Application to this program

Application requirements for students interested in a P-12 Masters degree, EdD Joint degree or Curriculum Supervisor, Principal, or Superintendent administrative certificate/endorsement
Students who wish to pursue the above listed programs must
  • Hold a current Standard Teaching Certificate from Nebraska or a credential recognized as equivalent to a Nebraska Standrd Teaching Certificate
  • Provide evidence of a minimum of two years of full-time teaching experience at the grade level(s) relevant to the desired administrative certificate/endorsement
  • Provide evidence of the completion of acceptable Human Relations Training (or understand that TEAC 861 or other approved course will be added to the 36 hour program of study)
  • Provide evidence of the completion of acceptable Special Education Training (or understand that an additional 3 hours of course work will be added to the 36 hour program of study).

Administrative Certification for states other than Nebraska

The Department of Educational Administration provides approved programs that satisfy the requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify individuals for employment as administrators in Nebraska P-12 schools and districts. It is the responsibility of out-of-state applicants to identify whether or not the programs offered by EDAD meet the requirements of their respective state and identify any additional deficiencies that would be required prior to that state issuing an administrative certificate or endorsement.

Criminal History/Background Checks

All students pursuing P-12 administrative certification/endorsement will be admitted contingent on the successful completion of a criminal history/background check prior to enrolling in courses leading to the certification/endorsement. Note that payment of $25 fee is required and will be explained to the student after being admitted.

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Degree Requirements

The Summer Block

The MEd program begins with a 6 credit hour block of courses, taught only in the summer.

EDAD 800 Foundations of Research & Methods of Inquiry in Educational Administation
TEAC 948 Instructional Leadership

The content of the block courses is integrated together throughout the summer. Students will meet on campus for two days in June, two days in July, and will also attend Nebraska Administrator Days to present culminating projects.

The Core

After the Summer Block, students will complete a core of school leadership courses. Core courses are offered in two formats.  The on campus format delivers two courses each semester, arranged in seven face-to-face class sessions for each course—which will be on the same day and time. Therefore the student will need to dedicate only one day per week to attend class. The online format delivers two courses each semester, requiring no on campus attendance.  Each student can complete the core requirements on campus, online, or in a mixture of formats      

Fall Core Offerings     

7 weeks of on-campus meetings w/additional online component (each course)

EDAD 833 Educational Finance
EDAD 837 Education Law

14 week online courses

EDAD 851 Faculty and Staff Appraisal
EDAD 852 School Culture and Student Behavior

Spring Core Offerings   

7 weeks of on-campus meetings w/additional online component (each course)

EDAD 851 Faculty and Staff Appraisal
EDAD 852 School Culture and Student Behavior

14 week online courses

EDAD 833 Educational Finance
EDAD 837 Education Law

Summer Options

An EDAD elective, developed specifically for individuals interested in P-12 school leadership will be offered each summer. In addition to this elective, students should complete one of two support courses during the summer: TEAC 801 Curriculum Inquiry or SPED 856 Supervising Special Education. You should select TEAC 801 if you will complete the practicum (EDAD 811) during the Fall semester. SPED 856 should be selected if you will complete the practicum during the Spring semester. Both the EDAD elective and the TEAC/SPED support course will be offered online.

Culminating Components

Depending on the TEAC/SPED support course completed in the summer, each student will complete the MEd culminates with additional courses to develop leadership competencies and the completion of a supervised practicum experience.

Fall Online Offerings                                                                                                                        

EDAD 830 Administrative Theory in Educational Organizations

TEAC 801 Curriculum Inquiry OR EDAD 811 Principal Practicum

Spring Online Offerings

EDAD 903 Community Relations

SPED 856 Supervising Special Education OR EDAD 811 Principal Practicum