School Superintendent Information
The Specialist Degree in Educational Administration is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education and meets the requirements for the Nebraska Professional Administrative and Supervisory Certificate to qualify for
administrative positions in all public and parochial schools in Nebraska. The Specialist Degree Program at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney emphasizes preparation of administrators with specific emphasis upon the superintendency.
The prospective student must comply with the requirements for admission to the Office of Graduate Studies and satisfy the
requirements for admission to the Specialist Degree program as prescribed by the Educational Administration Department.
In addition to the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies, the criteria
for admission to this degree program consist of the following:
- A Master's Degree in an education related field from an accredited institution. Courses required
for the M.A. 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;
- Submit a professional biography including why you seek the superintendency (On-line format)
- A satisfactory undergraduate and graduate scholastic record;
- Submit written recommendations from two school administrators and one other individual who can comment on your potential
to do graduate study and for educational leadership. (On-line format);
- Faculty review of all applications to the programs.
- Members of the Educational Administration Department will evaluate each applicant following the completion of 12 semester
hours of coursework. At this point the department will make a decision relating to Approval of the Candidacy Application.
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
- 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.
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.
The coursework for the Specialist degree must be completed within a period of 10 years.
An oral comprehensive examination for the degree is administered prior to or during the session in which
the student is expected to receive the degree. Departmental procedures require that all EDAD coursework, except arranged courses,
be completed or in progress before comprehensive examinations may be taken.
23 May 2013