Administrative Certification


Administrative Certification Certificate

Program Length

1-2 years


Credits

Up to 36


Format

Hybrid

MeD & Certificate Handbook

Application Process

Become an Educational Leader

Do you already hold a master’s degree in education? Are you drawn to lead a building-level learning community? Does serving as an elementary or secondary principal or as a supervisor of special education appeal to you?

Successful completion coursework and the state-required PRAXIS will make you eligible for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory certificate at the standard or professional level with administrative endorsements to serve as an administrator in P-12 Nebraska schools.

Required courses, which are offered in online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats, are listed below. Students are often able to transfer courses from their previous master’s degree. Our team can assist you in determining exactly the courses you need to meet your goals.

The Nebraska Difference

That is why we have built a program focused on standards, supported by research, and founded on relationships. Our program is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) as well as the Nebraska Principal Effective Practices Framework. But we didn’t stop there. We call it The Nebraska Difference.

Our Unique Program

Award-Winning Faculty

  • Students learn from faculty who conduct and share leading research on authentic school leadership challenges. These scholars are devoted their careers to teaching, researching, discovering, and sharing what works in school leadership.
  • Students also learn from faculty with decades of real world experience as school leaders. These leaders have walked the walk of school leadership as principals, superintendents, and more.

Accessible Courses

  • Students form meaningful relationships with classmates, faculty, and others through a unique combination of face-to-face and online courses.

Extra Opportunities

Individual Attention

  • Students complete an authentic internship experience in their districts with support from a field-based mentor and faculty member. Students learn from leading Nebraska superintendents in two dynamic, hands-on summer seminars, held at the Nebraska Council of School Administrators offices in Lincoln

Critical Friends

  • Students learn from expert school leaders with well-established expertise on particular topics.

Launching Your Journey

For educators in K-12 schools who have a passion for providing building level leadership, completion of the Certificate Endorsement program enables them to be certificated as a school administrator in the following fields:

Program Curriculum

If you already have a Masters Degree in education, you can pursue a certificate endorsement program that would not lead to another Masters Degree. Many students enrolled in the Departmental program intend to satisfy the requirements for a Nebraska Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, at either the standard or professional level, with administrative endorsements that will qualify them for employment as administrators in K-12 school systems.

The Principal certification coursework is identical to the MEd coursework. The only difference is that if a student has already earned a master’s degree and is only seeking principal or special education certification, there could be a possibility to transfer in up to 9 credit hours towards their program. The assigned adviser will work with the program coordinator to make this determination.

FOR MORE INFO ON SPECIAL ED PROGRAM

Elementary or Secondary Principal Certification
  • EDAD 800: Foundations of Research A written report is required. Investigation and analysis of current problems in education administration and supervision.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 830: Administrative Theory in Educational Organizations Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 852: School Culture and Behavior School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 837 Education Law Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 833: Educational Finance Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • TEAC 801: Curriculum Inquiry The relationship between curriculum theory and/or research to educational practices.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 903: Issues in Community Relations Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 856/857: Supervising Special Education/Special Education Administration For principals or other administrators who have special education programs in their buildings. Overview of disabilities, related law, special education programs, personnel issues, etc., and instructional methods and administrative support for effective integration of disabled students into regular programs.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 851: Faculty and Staff Appraisal Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • TEAC 948: Instructional Leadership: Emerging Trends and Practices Changing roles for persons engaged in instructional and curricular leadership in educational institutions. Literature on staff development, assessment and evaluation, and effective schools serve as the basis for studying and applying this information to a variety of educational settings. Issues such as teacher empowerment and site-based management, along with cooperative learning provide the focus of the activities.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 811: Practicum May be repeated for credit. Rating and supervision of teachers; principles and procedures in the development of school policies; selection and promotion of teachers; courses of study and professional ethics.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 920: Diversity & Equity in Educational Organizations Understanding the individual and organizational issues of diversity and multiculturalism in P-20 schools. Increase the students' knowledge and appreciation of: cultural, social, political, and economic realities of our complex, pluralistic society in relation to our educational system. Through the integration of relevant information from history, law, interpersonal development, organizational development, and philosophy, students will develop a complex, comprehensive understanding of diversity and equity.
    • Credit Hours: 3

Supervisor of Special Education
  • EDAD 800 Introduction to Research
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 811B Special Education Supervisor Practicum Field-based experiences in public or private accredited school(s) providing services for special needs students.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 830 Administrative Theory Introduction to classic and contemporary administrative theory as applied to educational organizations. The theoretical nature of the course content is relevant to those with an interest in a broad variety of educational institutions. General organizational theory, organizational models, historical schools of administrative theory, authority, power, motivation, and leadership. Frequently students are involved in studying problems of practice as a means of testing theory.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 833 Educational Finance Critical analysis of the political and economic elements impacting K-12 school finance. Content and activities address both building and district level concerns with an emphasis on principles, programs, and trends in school finance.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 837 Educational Law Evolution, principles, and practice of education law in relation to local, state, and national units of organization. Education law of Nebraska.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 851 Faculty and Staff Appraisal Faculty and support staff in P-12 schools: appraisal, professional learning communities, high standards/high performance and accountability.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 852 School Culture and Student Behavior School culture and student behavior in P-12 schools. Personalized teaching and learning environments that address student diversity, needs and interests.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 857 Special Education Administration Intensive preparation for special educators who intend to administer special education programs in the public schools. Information about best practices in special education, including programming, supervision, legal/regulatory issues, financing, personnel, as well as current controversial topics which are affecting these programs in the schools.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 882: Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Selection, design, and implementation of best practice instruction for students with severe disabilities, multiple disabilities, or deaf-blindness.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • EDAD 903 Issues in Community Relations Principles of community relations and public relations; development of school and community understanding; collaboration of educators and community agents and agencies; communication tools and evaluation.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED 960: Family and School Collaboration in Special Education Principles and practices for effective partnerships among schools, families, and the community. Cultural reciprocity and family systems theory are emphasized. Spend time with a family with a child with special needs, in order to gain firsthand knowledge of the family experience. Reflect upon these experiences in relationship to readings and discussions.
    • Credit Hours: 3
  • SPED ELECTIVE
    • Credit Hours: 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Certification Programs have rolling admission.
Graduate Admission Requirements
  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.
    • **Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.


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