Content Testing

Effective September 1, 2015, candidates applying for any initial endorsement(s) to be placed on a Nebraska certificate must provide evidence they have passed the required Praxis II test for endorsement.  Students seeking an endorsement as a superintendent must pass the Superintendent Assessment test.

Program Design

The Education Specialist program includes 27 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 experiences approved in advance as part of their Leadership and Learning Plan. (The program totals 33 credit hours.)

Required Coursework

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 three-year period.  The second category is the internship required of all candidates, but can be completed at various times.

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 725  Politics and Policy Leadership - 3 hrs.

ESD 820  Leading and Responding to Change - 3 hrs.

ESD 830  Human Resource Leadership - 3 hrs.

ESD 850  Finance, Resource Management, Board Relations - 3 hrs.

ESD 910  Ethics of Leadership - 3 hrs

ESD 920  Leadership Internship - 3 hrs.

ESD 930  Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Design - 3 hrs.

ESD 940  Leadership Internship II - 3 hrs.

Time Limitations

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, they may be required to wait one year and resume classes with the next cadre.

The Director 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.


Additional Information

Current Course Schedule and Catalog

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