Graduate Programs

As a teacher, you’re still a lifelong learner. Earn a master’s or specialist degree or certification to expand your knowledge that you’ll take back to your school or classroom.

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Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Enhance yourself and your classroom and, in turn, the lives of your students. This program for K-12 teachers incorporates coursework and field experiences.

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Learn the skills needed to become an assistant principal or principal. You move through this two-year program as a small group to encourage concept-based thinking.

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Education Specialist

This program supports the development of leaders – especially superintendents – in school districts, not-for-profit organizations and other groups committed to service.

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Master of Education in School Counseling

Open to licensed teachers or students without a teaching certificate, this program prepares educators to work with diverse student populations to meet their needs.

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Doctorate of Education

Impact the world far beyond your role as an educator as you gain critical skills and knowledge to engage in issues of policy, program and practice.

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is committed to preparing students to be highly competent mental health counselors with the knowledge, skills, and competencies requisite for the effective and ethical practice of counseling. The course work and clinical experiences are designed to promote cultural awareness and the development of a professional identity as a mental health counselor.


Initial Program at the Advanced Level for Certification (Fast Track)

The Initial Program at the Advanced Level for Certification prepares candidates to teach in elementary grades (K-6), in secondary grades (7-12 in an area in which Doane endorses individuals) and in special education grades (K-12). Secondary endorsement areas include the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, English, language arts, foreign languages, and art (K-12).

Available Endorsements

Specialize in areas of interest that will set you apart in your position. 

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Diversity of experience

The diversity of our graduate students’ experiences – and the quality of our faculty as professionals and academics in their fields – combine to enrich our graduate programs.

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Classes designed with you in mind

Specifically designed for busy adults like you, our program offers convenient class schedules and flexibility so you can keep your career and family first.

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You have our undivided attention

We provide the personal attention you need to achieve your goals – whether that’s to advance into a leadership role or become the best in your position.

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It's more than a degree

Our graduates make valuable, lifelong connections with classmates and experience professional as well as personal growth.


The Doane University College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and in the Fall of 2019 by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Doane University and the Teacher Education Division are members of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Nebraska Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NACTE); Nebraska Council for Teacher Education (NCTE); and Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE).

Reporting Measures

Each Education Preparation Provider (EPP) must report and prominently display data on its website relating to the eight Annual Reporting Measures established by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The reports document completer performance data, employer satisfaction data, and other consumer information. Doane University College of Education strives to demonstrate our candidate's impact and outcomes data while providing transparency concerning candidate performance.  You can find the reporting measures here.

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