P-12 School Leadership Program Application Information

Educational Administration Degree Programs:

Teacher/Administrator Certification Programs:

  • Principal 7-12 Certification
  • Principal P-8 Certification
  • Administrative Certificate Renewal
  • Special Education Supervisor Certification
  • Superintendent Certification
Application Deadlines:
  • January 15: Ph.D. – higher education (does not include administrative certification)
  • February 1: P-12 school leadership Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • March 1: Masters of Education (MEd)
  • Certification Programs have rolling admission


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    Degree Programs
    Career Goal Degree/Program Format Number of Credits Notes
    I don’t have a master’s degree and want to serve as a principal. MEd – Master of Education – P-12 School Leadership Hybrid 36 hours

    Contact Dr. Shavonna Holman
    I want to earn a doctorate of education (EdD) and superintendent certification. EdD (UNL) – Educational Administration - P-12 school leadership Hybrid 60 hours Contact Dr. Sarah Zuckerman Assumes 36 hours completed in masters. Must earn at least 45 hours after program admission. Total minimum hours required beyond bachelor's: 96
    I’m currently an EdS student with UNK and would like to earn the doctor of education (EdD) through UNL. EdD (UNL-UNK) – Educational Administration – P -12 school leadership Hybrid 60 hours Contact Dr. Sarah Zuckerman Students complete 21 hours of superintendency courses through UNK and then enroll in the UNL EdD program.
    I have a master’s degree and would like to serve as a college professor or researcher studying P -12 school leadership. Doctor of Philosophy – PhD – Educational Studies – Educational Leadership & Higher Education with a concentration in school leadership. Hybrid Minimum of 72 hours, beyond a 36 hour master’s Contact Dr. Deryl Hatch-Tocaimaza This degree does not provide administrative certification.
    I have a master’s degree and want to add certification to serve as principal. Administrative Certificate Hybrid Varies by hours in your master’s. Contact Dr. Shavonna Holman Usually around 30 hours.
    I have a Nebraska principal certificate and want to add an elementary or secondary endorsement. Administrative Certificate Hybrid 9 hours Contact Dr. Shavonna Holman
    I have a master’s degree and would like to add the superintendent certificate. Superintendent Certificate Hybrid 27 hours Contact Dr. Renee Hyde Hours earned outside of a degree program must be no more than 10 years old to be transferred. New superintendent certification courses can be integrated into the UNL EdD
    I have a master’s degree and want to add the special education supervisor certificate. Supervisor of Special Education Certificate Hybrid Usually 9 additional hours. Contact Dr. Shavonna Holman
    I don’t have a master’s degree and want to earn the special education supervisor certificate. Supervisor of Special Education Certificate Hybrid 36 hours Contact Dr. Shavonna Holman Includes many of the same courses included in the MEd for the principalship


    P-12 School Leadership Application Requirements
    Program MEd (with Principal Certification) EdD (UNL) EdD (with UNK) Principal 7-12 Certification Principal P-8 Certification Administrative Certificate Renewal Special Ed Supervisor Certification Superintendent Certification
    Resume X X X X X X X X
    Essay X X X X X X X X
    Residential/ Nonresidential Status X X X X X X X X
    Application Fee X X X X X X X X
    English Proficiency X X X X X X X X
    Transcript(s) X X X X X X X X
    Personal Statement X X X X X X X X
    3 Writing Samples X X
    Teaching Certificate X X X X X X X X
    3 Letters of Recommendation X X X X X X X X
    What is included?
    Resume

    List your educational background and career experiences.

    Essay

    MEd: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln EDAD P-12 leadership program is built around the school leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader. Explain what these core values mean to you and how your experiences and aspirations align with them.

    EdD: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln EDAD P-12 leadership program is built around the educational leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader. Describe how you have exemplified these actions in your current or previous leadership roles.

    Personal Statement

    MEd: P-12 leadership is increasingly dynamic and complex. Please describe what you see as the most significant problems, challenges, or opportunities facing P-12 education today and how your experiences, knowledge and background prepared you to deal with such challenges as a P-12 leader.

    EdD:

    • Part 1: Explain your professional experiences and motivations for doctoral studies, specifically in this EdD program, which is focused on the educational leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader.
    • Part 2: Describe a local problem, challenge, or opportunity that is unique to your context that might be addressed as part of your Program of Studies and dissertation. Share how our EdD program would help you address this local challenge, problem, or opportunity.
    3 Writing Samples (required only for EdD/PhD programs)

    Share examples that demonstrate your ability to communicate through scholarly/academic writing (papers written in previous academic programs, professional writing, etc.).

    3 Letters of Recommendation

    Letters should speak to your skill, integrity, and aptitude for school leadership and success in graduate study.