College of Education

Location: Lincoln

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Doane's Education Specialist program, an advanced academic degree, prepares candidates to be leaders at the organization or systems levels of school districts, social service agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other organizations engaged in the service of others. 

Completion of the Ed.S. program leads to Nebraska administrative certification as a superintendent or to other district-level leadership positions requiring certification beyond the principalship.

Our primary focus are the roles of leaders at the head of organizations and especially the role of the superintendent  of schools. We also will support the development of leaders roles and positions that are part of the organization’s leadership team. 

Like each education program at Doane, we are committed to preparing educators who have a passion for leading and a passion for serving others. 

The quality of our Ed.S. program attracts candidates from across the state and surrounding region.

What makes them choose Doane?

  • The cadre format – Small groups of students move through the Ed.S. program together, providing continuity and a built-in peer network.
  • The belief that the most important leader one can become is the leader within. We put leaders in touch with their own values and beliefs, which they will use as a leader.
  • The comprehensiveness of instruction – We teach not just the nuts and bolts of the leadership roles such as the role of the superintendent, but also the core values and "leader within" required at this level.


Leaders who are strategic in their decision making, collaborate with others and serve as a catalyst for continuous improvement and change.

How it Works

33 credit hours
The Education Specialist Degree program includes 27 hours of in-class work with a seminar approach and 6 hours of internship experiences approved in advance.


Ed.S. is organized into two categories. The first is the coursework scheduled over a three-calendar year period, which all of the students will complete as a cadre. The second are the internships which are required of all students, but may be completed at various times.

Time limits

All coursework – both cadre and internships – must be completed within a five-year period. (No transfer credit is allowed for the Education Specialist program.)


Candidates for this program need an MA/MS through an approved program. Preference will be given to students who hold the principalship endorsement and are seeking the endorsement for the central office/superintendency. Preference will also be given to those seeking the doctorate or EdD.

The candidate shows successful completion of at least six hours of graduate-level coursework in the past five years or documentation of the completion of the equivalent in continuing education units.

Campus availability varies by program. Please contact the enrollment team for more information.

Contact for More Information

Program Director

Cindy Gray

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