Academics & Courses

Academics & Courses

Content Testing

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.

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.

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 910  Ethics of Leadership - 3 hrs

ESD 920  Leadership Internship - 3 hrs.

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

ESD 830  Human Resource Leadership - 3 hrs.

ESD 940  Leadership Internship II  - 3 hrs.

ESD 755  Financial Frameworks, Resource Allocation and Board-Superintendent - 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