Your graduate experience will consist of courses and supervised field experiences designed to develop and enhance your knowledge, attitude and skills. Faculty of the Education Department believe all educational professionals are lifelong learners.
Students seeking either a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and/or a Nebraska principal certification at one level (K-8, 4-9, or 7-12) are required to complete 36 credits. A 45 credit-hour program is available for students pursuing K-12 certification.
coursework the Cadre will take together
During the two-year program, you will participate in 27 core hours of integrated coursework as a cadre of learners. You will also take an additional nine hours of “stand-alone” classes, scheduled separately from the cadre.
EDL 675 (6 credits) Foundations of Educational Leadership
EDL 680/681/682 (3 credits) Elementary, Middle Grades, or Secondary Field Experience/ Practicum I
EDL 683/684/685 (3 credits) Elementary, Middle Grades, or Secondary Field Experience/ Practicum II
EDL 621 (3 credits) Leadership Internship
EDL 686 (6 credits) Advanced Educational Leadership I
EDL 687 (3 credits) Advanced Educational Leadership II
EDL 695 (3 credits) Research/Project Implementation
EDL 676 (3 credits) Assessment of Student Learning for Educational Leaders
EDU 600* (3 credits) Improvement of Instruction
EDU 601* (3 credits) Critical Issues
- A student is expected to complete the degree with their cadre or within a maximum of seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane College.
- If a student withdraws from the cadre experience, it is necessary to wait one year and resume classes with the next cadre.
- If the time away from the program extends beyond a year, the Dean will determine if a student can resume participation in the program.
- If course material is deemed no longer relevant, the student must retake appropriate graduate courses.
- If a student has time away from the program for three years or more, then all coursework must be repeated.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Students may transfer up to six hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning into Doane's Educational Leadership program. Any course considered for transfer is reviewed individually for recency and relevancy of the material as it relates to best practice and theory at the time of the review. The recency standard includes work that is completed within seven years before beginning the program. Courses are reviewed for relevancy as they relate to educational issues in the areas of instructional improvement, critical issues, and assessment as they may take the place of Education 600, 601, or 602 in the program of study.
Final determination of transfer credit is made by the Dean of Graduate Studies of Educational Leadership. Only graduate courses in which the student’s letter grade is B- or above may be considered for transfer credit and applied toward fulfilling degree and certification requirements. All transfer courses are entered on the transcript with a grade of P (passed). Students are responsible for making formal requests to graduate institutions they have attended to have their graduate transcripts sent directly to Doane College, Graduate Studies in Education, 303 North 52nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68504.