School Superintendent, EdS

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Education's competitive edge

Experienced school superintendents with the desire and vision to help students achieve their maximum educational potential are highly valued in school districts throughout the U.S.

The Superintendent Specialist degree program prepares qualified individuals for chief administrative and leadership roles within school districts and throughout  the educational hierarchy.

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Grad EducationThis online School Superintendent Specialist program leads to an advanced degree for those who already hold a master’s degree in education. The Specialist degree prepares current administrators for the role of school superintendent.

The 33 credit hour program meets the requirements for the Nebraska Professional Administrative and Supervisory Certificate, preparing candidates for superintendent positions in all public and parochial schools in Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements.

Meeting State Certification

In order to be elibigible for an endorsement as superintendent in the State of Nebraska, you must have earned a master's degree as principal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal in an accredited Nebraska college or university.

  • Out-of-state students who apply for the Educational Specialist degree and complete the degree program will need to check with their respective state certification officers
  • Out-of-state students who apply for the Educational Specialist degree and complete the degree program will no be recommended for endorsemenet as superintendent unless deemed otherwise by the Nebraska Department of Education

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is also accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Nebraska Department of Education

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Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed. Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$269.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$308.00
3 credit hour$807.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$924.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$393.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$432.00
3 credit hour$1,179.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$1,296.00

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $4.00 records fee each semester they enroll in courses.

The program of studies which leads to the Specialist Degree with a major in Educational Administration is dependent upon the applicant's experience and prior coursework. The degree is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 69 semester hours of credit beyond the baccalaureate degree. An internship, an integral component of the program, is completed with experienced school administrators serving as mentors.

 

Program of Study

Core Courses 24-27 credit hours EDAD 955, 956, 957, 958, 940, 944, and 991 
Internship 3-6 credit hours  EDAD 998 
Electives  6-9 credit hours  EDAD 832, 833, 895, 945, and 992

 

 

Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

The School Administrator and the Law

EDAD 955
3
This course is designed to provide the educational administrator with a view of the law governing the operation of schools. An emphasis will be placed on preventative law through building an understanding of legal issues facing the school administrator and avoiding possible litigation. Issues deserving attention will include school district organization, meetings of the board of education, personnel administration, conducting hearings, developing board policies, student rights, discrimination, tort liability, and other current issues.

School/Community Relations

EDAD 956
3
This course is designed to provide the student with an analysis of principles, practices and materials that facilitate the adjustment and interpretation of schools to their internal and external publics, along with an examination of the function of the media and the roles of schools and community groups in an effective school public relations program.

Public School Finance

EDAD 957
3

The primary objectives of this course are to provide the student with (1) the background of school finance, (2) a background of public school financing in the United States, (3) an understanding of the various governmental levels of financing in public schools, (4) judicial decisions and their effects, and (5) finance of schools in the future.

Educational Facility Plan

EDAD 958
3
A study of the principles and processes of developing functional educational facilities. Procedures and techniques for each phase of facility planning are included. Topics include: survey of needs, population projection, site selection, development of educational specifications, selection of architects, furniture and equipment selection, and maintenance and operation.

Administrative Theory

EDAD 940
3
This course introduces students to aspects of current administrative theory by treating the school district as a social system in need of organization, leadership, and change. Styles and effects of human behavior in organizations are explored.

Seminar in Educational Administration

EDAD 944
3
This course is graded on a credit-no credit basis, and is a requirement for the Educational Specialist Degree. The student will read and submit written critiques on several contemporary writings related to education and participate in a three-day, summer field trip to Lincoln, which will involve visitations at the Nebraska Department of Education, the Lincoln Public Schools, and the quarters of various professional education organizations.

Field Study

EDAD 991
3
The field study provides an opportunity for an educational administration candidate to prepare a proposal for a research project or a grant relevant to the candidate's school settings. The minimum credit for the proposal is three hours. If the candidate elects to complete a research project going beyond the proposal stage, an additional 3 credit hours may be applied towards the candidate's plan of study. This course is required of all Specialist Degree candidates. A written product is the outcome of the course. Enrollment by permission of the instructor.

Internship

EDAD 998
3-6
Internships are designed to provide administrative experience for students having limited administrative background and to strengthen skills of those who have served as administrators. This course is required for all Specialist Degree candidates.
Elective Courses

Current Issues in Education

EDAD 832
3

This course is designed to provide the educational administrator with a view of the contemporary educational issues for focused investigation. Topics will include but not be exclusive to current curriculum issues and trends, diversity in the classroom, global education, assessment, change and reform.

Prerequisites: enrollment in Master's or Educational Specialist degree programs

Assessment Leadership

EDAD 833
3

This course provides educators with the knowledge base and skills required to provide leadership with regards to assessment issues which include but are not exclusive to analysis of data to improve instruction; utilization of assessment instruments for guiding instruction to determine best practices for improved student learning; engagement in continuous evaluation of curriculum and instruction; development of criteria for evaluating data. Using basic knowledge, students will identify an assessment issue of individual significance and develop background information, data, and materials needed to provide leadership with regards to this topic.

Prerequisites: enrollment in a Master's or Educational Specialist degree program

School Improvement

EDAD 895
3
School Improvement is designed to provide students of educational administration an understanding of issues related to the school improvement process and its role in the school reformation movement.

Independent Readings

EDAD 945
3-6
Independent reading on Educational Administration topics. Readings to be selected and directed by the instructor and may be tied to field study literature review.

The Executive Administrator

EDAD 992
3
Prereq: enrollment in the Educational Specialist degree program This is a capstone course that focuses upon the executive administrator's role as leader in an educational setting. It is designed to provide both theoretical and practical approach thru discussions, problem solving, and case studies to allow students to demonstrate administrative skills that are relevant to today's educational leader. The focus of this course is on administrative leadership and its relevance to student achievement. Areas to be addressed may include board-administrator relations, human resource management, problem solving, communication, legal issues, financial planning and board policy development. This is an elective class in educational administration program.

Patricia Cruzeiro, Ed.D., Professor

Patricia Hoehner, Ed.D., Associate Professor

Tom Jacobson, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Ken Nelson, Ed.D., Associate Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in the Specialist program the applicant must:

  • Hold a master's degree in an education-related field from an accredited institution. 
    • Courses required for the MA Ed degree with a major in Educational Administration are prerequisites and may become part of the Specialist program in addition to the required 33 hours.
  • Have a satisfactory undergraduate and graduate scholastic record.

Note: In order to be eligible for an endorsement as superintendent in the State of Nebraska, one must have earned a Master's degree as principal, or have completed an endorsement program as principal in an accredited Nebraska college or university.

    • Out-of-state students who apply for the Educational Specialist degree and complete the degree program will need to check with their respective state certification officers.
    • Out-of-state students who apply for the Educational Specialist degree and complete the degree program will not be recommended for endorsement as superintendent unless deemed otherwise by the Nebraska Department of Education.

 

Application Checklist

  1. Submit online application to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  2. Include the non-refundable application fee
  3. Request official transcripts from all college/universities attended, and send to:
    Graduate Admissions
    University of Nebraska at Kearney
    2504 9th Avenue, FDLH Room 2131
    Kearney, NE 68849
  • Within the online graduate application the applicant will
    • Upload a professional biography including why the applicant is seeking the superintendency.
    • Request three written recommendations from two school administrators plus one other individual who can comment on applicant's potential to do graduate study and for educational leadership.
    • Include with the online application the e-mail addresses of the three individuals who wrote the recommendations.  An online form will automatically be sent to the recommenders upon submission of the application.
  • Once application, application fee and transcripts are received, the Graduate Admissions Office will forward applicant's file to the department for review.
  • Once review is complete, the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office of their recommendation.
  • Official notification of admission will be sent to the applicant from the Graduate Admissions Office via postal mail. 
  • Official notification of admission will be sent to the applicant from the Graduate Admissions Office via postal mail.  Students may view the receipt of materials via their To-Do list and also the status of their application via the Student Center in their MyBlue account.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester June 15
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Sessions March 15

 

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name: 
Dr. Patricia Cruzeiro
Phone: 308.865.8844
E-mail: cruzeiropa@unk.edu

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Name:
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520
E-mail: unkveterans@unk.edu

 

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