Educational Administration


Move from leading your classroom to leading an entire school with Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Educational Administration.

Learn from top-ranked educational practitioners and academic professionals: what you study in class is directly relevant to your career path as you prepare for certification as an elementary or secondary school principal.

Concordia, Nebraska’s M.Ed. in Educational Administration program qualifies you for one level of administrative certification after completing the 36-hour program. Your teaching certificate determines the level of administrative certificate you earn – either elementary administration (PK-8) or secondary administration (7-12). If your certificate is PK-12, then we look at your teaching experience to determine the appropriate level. A 45 credit-hour Dual Certification M.Ed. program (elementary and secondary) is also available.

Educational Administration Program Goals

School curriculum development and implementation

Techniques and principles of school organization, management, and leadership

Duties and responsibilities of supervising instruction

Educational administration processes, including fiscal and political management

Ethics related to administering educational systems

School law and its utilization

The full range of school administrator performance, including effective communication, group processes, evaluation, and staff development

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The next start date for Educational Administration is Monday, Aug 26.

Educational Administration Courses

Educational Administration

    EDUC 581 Introduction to School Administration
    An introduction to philosophy and practice of school administration. With the help of a mentor from their building, students will begin to gain administrative experiences to fulfill their 250 hours of practicum work. Practicum procedures are explained in the initial class and are compiled throughout the entirety of the program. Practicum hours may vary from state to state so students need to check with their state department of education.
    EDUC 685 Ethics for School Leadership
    Principles and practices of ethics for school administrators. Focus on ethical leadership to promote the success of every student and foster ethical and responsible behavior within the school community.
    EDUC 551 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
    This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
    EDUC 552 Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration
    This course deals with processes in educational administration with emphasis on learning about administrative organization and the role of the principal in leadership, teaching, and management responsibilities in the elementary, middle or secondary school.
    EDUC 610 School Resource Management
    An examination of the principles of planning and administering school resources including fiscal, human and physical resources.
    EDUC 554 Supervision of Instruction
    The student will study modern theories of supervision of instruction; their purpose, methods, and participants. Special emphasis on the role that both teacher and administrator play in the process of supervision in an elementary, middle or secondary school.
    EDUC 557 School Law
    A survey of the principles and practices of school law and their effect on the administrator and classroom teacher. Topics will include education as a state function, separation of church and state, discipline and corporal punishment, tort liability, contracts, and educator protection against lawsuits.
    EDUC 612 School Community Relations
    An examination of how to manage the marketing and public relations functions of the school in order to facilitate open communication with all community partners.
    EDUC 620 School Improvement Processes
    An examination of various school improvement processes to include collaborative visioning, data driven decision making, continuous sustainable improvement models and transformational change at the building level.
    EDUC 686 Special Education Supervision
    School leadership to meet the needs of students in special education. Focus on special education laws and current issues, students with exceptionalities and services for them, role of leadership in special education, working with families, and inclusion of students with exceptionalities into the regular classroom.
    EDUC 687 Research/Field Experience Approval
    An overview of research design. Topics include research methodologies, research designs, review of literature, and scholarly writing. Students will synthesize current research with field experiences to develop a research project. Program requirements for the 250 field experience hours will be completed, documented, and approved in this course.
    SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World
    This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 12
  • Course Length 8 weeks
  • Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Educational Administration degree program is a 36 credit-hour curriculum that meets State of Nebraska requirements for certification as an elementary or secondary principal, based on your teaching certificate.
  • In the State of Nebraska, a certification requires 36 or 45 graduate credit hours in an approved educational administration program. Thirty-six graduate credit hours are required if the principal certification is at the same level (elementary or secondary) as the teaching certificate. Those seeking a principal certification at a level different from their teaching certification, or those seeking dual administrative certifications must complete an additional nine hours, the 45-hour program.

Educational Administration Dual Certification Requirements

Our Master of Education program in Educational Administration qualifies you for one level of administrative certification after completing the 36-hour program. Nebraska Department of Education requires a 45-graduate-hour program (nine additional hours) for both levels of certification. Your teaching certificate determines the level of administrative certificate you earn first. If your certificate is PK-12, then we look at your teaching experience. Based on that information we determine the area (elementary or secondary) for your additional nine hours of coursework.

All degrees and certifications are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Nebraska Department of Education requires two years of teaching for the certification. Students seeking Educational Administration certification in states other than Nebraska should determine the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they will be seeking certification. Written approval that this program will be acceptable for licensure by their state's educational department should be obtained prior to beginning the program.

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