The Educational Leadership program prepares candidates for positions as school assistant principals and principals in Nebraska. Our innovative program began in the summer of 1996, and was developed collaboratively with practicing school administrators in Nebraska as well as uses recommendations from the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
The graduate programs are fully accredited by the North Central Association, the State of Nebraska and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Course Offerings Across Nebraska
For your convenience, classes are currently offered in 16 locations across Nebraska. Ordering books is a simple online process.
What skills do leaders need to make a difference in school?
As a graduate student, you will answer this core question through a series of integrated courses and experiences focusing on the various dimensions of school leadership in K-12 schools. Coursework includes:
- Lessons with successful regional leaders who share their unique approaches to leadership, student success and expertise.
- A complex understanding of the role of leaders through classroom learning, field experience, reflective activities and action-based research.
- How to manage change and create collaborative action on behalf of teaching and learning.
You will move through the program in a cadre—a small group of students allowing for a more concept-based process rather than class-based, and building relationships that continue long past commencement.
Coursework the Cadre Takes Together
During the two-year program, you will participate in 27 core hours of integrated coursework as a cadre of learners. You will 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