Academics & Courses
A passing score on a required Nebraska Department of Education "content" test is required for Principal and Superintendent endorsements effective June 2015. All students applying for certification in Nebraska must provide evidence they have taken the required Praxis II content test and received the required passing score.
The Education Specialist program includes 30 hours of in-class work with a seminar approach. In addition to the in-class seminar work, Ed.S. participants will complete at least 6 hours of internship or practicum experiences approved in advance as part of their Leadership and Learning Plan. (The program totals 36 credit hours.)
Students complete coursework as a cadre over a two categories. One in which all of the candidates complete coursework as a group or cadre scheduled to take place over a two-year period. The second category is stand-alone coursework required of all candidates but can be completed at various times.
Thirty Cadre/Core Courses
ESD 705 Issues in Leadership - 3 hrs.
ESD 710 School Districts as Organizations - 3 hrs.
ESD 715 School-Community Communications - 3 hrs.
ESD 820 Leading and Responding to Change - 3 hrs.
ESD 725 Politics and Policy Leadership - 3 hrs.
ESD 730 Ethics of Leadership - 3 hrs
ESD 835 Leadership Practicum (tied to ESD 820) - 3 hrs.
ESD 840 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Design - 3 hrs.
ESD 745 Human Resource Leadership - 3 hrs.
ESD 850 Leadership Internship (tied with ESD 840) - 3 hrs.
Six hours to be completed outside the cadre.
ESD 755 Financial Frameworks - 3 hrs.
ESD 760 Resource Development and Allocation - 3 hrs.
In the Education Specialist Program, students are expected to complete the degree with their cadre, or within a maximum of five years since beginning graduate study at Doane University. If a student withdraws from the cadre experience, he or she will have to wait one year and resume classes with the next cadre.
The Dean will determine if a student can rejoin the program if the time away from the program extends beyond one year. If the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake appropriate graduate courses as part of the program of study. If a student stays out three years or more the coursework must be repeated.