Thirty-six credit hours of graduate coursework are required. Students begin the program in the summer and move through the program as part of a cadre. If a student is seeking K-12 certification, a 45 credit-hour program is required. Graduate students in Educational Leadership are allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours each term in the fall and spring and 12 credit hours during the summer term.
Requirements for the Educational Leadership, M.Ed.
*Six hours of transfer credit can be applied for applicable courses from other institutions.
Program Completion Criteria
Completion of the Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership prepares students for the Standard Administrative Certificate in Nebraska. This certificate is valid for teaching and administration in all Nebraska school systems, except for the position of superintendent of schools. There are two forms of review prior to recommending certification.
Nebraska Department of Education Rule 21 and Rule 24 requirements are as follows:
Complete at least two years of teaching in a K-12 school.
Hold or qualify for a Nebraska standard or professional teaching certificate or its equivalent.
Complete a three-credit-hour course in special education that meets state guidelines.
Complete an accepted course in human relations training.
Affirm that there are no felony convictions nor any misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.
Affirm that there is no court order or determination currently in effect which finds the student to be mentally unhealthy as determined by Title 92, Rule 20 of the NAC.
Recommendation for certification for Doane College for the Administrative Endorsement will be determined by the student's potential as indicated by the following:
Completion of all Nebraska Department of Education requirements.
Successful completion of all coursework for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all courses leading to the degree.
Completion of the Certification Tracking form and application for degree form.
Successful completion of the Portfolio and project requirements.
The Dean of Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership recommends to the Certification Officer of the college (at Doane, this is the Chairperson of the Education Division) those students who should be certified. The Certifying Officer then recommends those students to the Graduate Faculty in Education for their approval.