Educational Administration: Specialization in P-12 Educational Administration
Ed.D., Superintendent Endorsement Program Type: Endorsement Course Type: Blended Interest: Educational Administration

This program is designed for students seeking an endorsement as a P-12 superintendent. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes and practical skills necessary for effective district-level leadership. It is a joint program offered collaboratively through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

This program is a blended program, requiring students to attend a mandatory dissertation orientation during the first fall semester of enrollment that sets up networking groups and on-campus seminars during the summer terms of enrollment. The on-campus seminars are intense short sessions focused on topics of compelling interest taught by experts in trends in P-12 administration as well as on dissertation proposal development.

Consider this degree if you're a school professional who wants to: 

  • Move into higher levels of educational leadership
  • Network with other educators earning their doctorates
  • Build skills to become a district-level administrative leader
  • Increase income potential
  • Expand educational horizons
  • Fulfill personal and professional goals
  • Take advantage of flexible and convenient course offerings

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Tuition Rates For Educational Administration: P-12 Doctorate

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The Ed.D. Program requires:
  • 96 graduate credit hours of graduate level courses
  • a master's degree and some type of administrative certification

EDAD has an approved program leading to a P-12 superintendent endorsement in Nebraska which requires:

  • 66 semester hours of graduate credit and builds upon the 36 credit hours required for endorsement as a principal

Components of the Ed.D. with a specialization in P-12 educational administration are:

  • Master's Degree: 36 credit hours
  • Superintendent Courses: 30 credit hours
  • Research/Statistics Courses: 9 credit hours (assuming 1 research class in the master's degree)
  • Common Doctoral Course (EDAD 966): 3 credit hours
  • Electives: 6 credit hours
  • Dissertation: 12 credit hours

As part of a land-grant institution, Educational Administration faculty hold to the principles established by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE); therefore, we require applicants to hold, or to be qualified for, a teaching certificate that would be recognized by NDE as well as have 2 years of successful teaching experience for admission to this program.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

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Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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