Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program prepares candidates for leadership positions which include principals, assistant principals, and other building level leadership positions. 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.

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Why Choose Doane?

  • You will be part of a cadre environment, a cohort group of students will take the two-year learning journey together. It will be summer-intensive, require considerable school involvement and weekend seminars. This support group builds relationship that will last a lifetime. For certain circumstances and needs, Directed Studies may be used as part of the program.
  • Successful Nebraska school leaders share their unique approaches to leadership, student success and expertise.
  • Doane EDL Instructors meet with each student in the school site.
  • You will develop a professional portfolio, a useful tool and alternative assessment, used to highlight the learning, skills, and ability of each emerging leader.
  • You will gain practical experiences connected to classroom learning and the school site. You will develop a plan that is individually designed to meet the learning needs and styles of the students and be focused upon gaining leadership experience. A minimum of 280 hours is required.
  • You will be involved in a School Improvement Project completed during year two and is consistent to the continuous improvement plans required of each school in the state of Nebraska. The project trains you to integrate activities from each of the EDL Program Outcomes and lead a team in analyzing data, seeking best practices, and implementing and measuring best practices within the school setting.
  • Every EDL course will require you to regularly write and submit reflections as a way to explore, self-analyze, and demonstrate an increased understanding of the complexities of leadership.


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.

  • 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.

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).

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