Education Specialist

Doane's Education Specialist program, an advanced academic degree, prepares leaders to make a difference in teaching and learning at the highest level of a school district. Completion of the Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) leads to Nebraska administrative certification as a superintendent or to other district-level positions requiring certification beyond the principalship. Our primary focus is the superintendent role, but we also will support the development of leaders roles and positions that are part of a district’s leadership team. Like each education program at Doane, we are committed to preparing educators who have a passion for education and leadership. The quality of our Ed.S. program attracts candidates from across the state and surrounding areas.


Why Choose Doane?

  • In the cadre format, small groups of students move through the Ed.S. program together, providing continuity and a built-in peer network.
  • The core belief of the program is that leaders need the right knowledge and skills to lead at the district level. What makes Doane's program unique is that we intentionally work to develop leadership dispositions.
  • The dispositions developed in the program teach integrity, service and ethics through the focus on the values and beliefs required of a leader.
  • The program creates leaders who are strategic in their decision making, collaborate with others and serve as a catalyst for continuous improvement.


How it Works

36 CREDIT HOURS:  The Education Specialist Degree program includes 30 hours of in-class work with a seminar approach and at least 6 hours of internship or practicum experiences approved in advance.

COURSEWORK:  The degree program is 36-hours and a three-year sequence of coursework.

TIME LIMITS:  All coursework must be completed within a five-year period. (No transfer credit is allowed for the Education Specialist program.)

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for this program need an MA/MS program in administration in an approved program that qualifies them for building-level, principal endorsement. The program must include completion of one semester of practicum OR the candidate must hold a current endorsement in building-level administration.

The candidate shows successful completion of at least 6 hours of graduate-level coursework in the past five years or documentation of the completion of the equivalent in continuing education units.



The Ed.S. program of leadership development is designed around five program outcomes:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • School-Community Leadership
  • Policy and Political Leadership


Program Option

Education Specialist in Curriculum Leadership Degree Program:  The program is designed for individuals preparing for leadership roles at district levels.  The specific emphasis is to assist in the development of curriculum programs and to supervise teachers and staff in the curriculum process in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.  Completion of the program includes a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction degree; Masters of Education in Educational Leadership degree; and Principal endorsement.  There are three modules required.  For more information please contact the Graduate Studies in Education office at 888.803.6263 or 402.467.9077.  Or Dr. Doug Christensen, Director  at / 402.467.9042.

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