Educational Administration (EDD)


Educational Administration, EdD

On Campus 96 cr

The Department of Educational Administration offers graduate degree programs in P-12 educational administration and in a number of specialties in higher education.


Faculty members are experienced administrators, curriculum specialists, and college administrators who are dedicated to preparing students for rewarding and fulfilling careers in educational administration.

Students considering doctoral work in Educational Administration often question the differences between the Ed.D. or Ph.D. To determine which is a better fit for you, consult the department's Doctoral Degree Information page. In general, the Ed.D. and Ph.D. in educational studies with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education is intended for those interested in higher education, human resource development, student affairs, or community college leadership. The joint UNO-UNL or UNK-UNL Ed.D. program is designed for practitioners in the P-12 educational setting.

This program involves enrollment at both UNL and UNK, culminating in an EdD from UNL and a Superintendent certification from UNK.


  1. Community Colleges
    • Online
    Course List
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    Choose 3 of the following
    EDAD 934 Teaching and Learning in the Community College 3
    EDAD 923 The Community/Junior College 3
    EDAD 935 Workforce, Economic, and Community Development 3
    EDAD 912B Emerging Issues in Community College Leadership 3
    EDAD 936 Higher Education Planning 3
    Total 9
  2. P-12 System-Level Educational Leadership
    • On Campus Online
    Course List
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    EDAD 833 Educational Finance 3
    EDAD 906 System Level Administration 3
    Total 6

    Choose one of the following sets of courses:

    Students seeking Nebraska Superintendent Endorsement
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    EDAD 987a, 987b, and 987c Superintendent Academies 4 (total)
    Choose one of the following
    SPED 856 Supervising Special Education 3
    SPED 857 Special Education Administration 3
    Total 7
    Students not seeking Nebraska Superintendent Endorsement
    Course Number Course Name Credits
    EDAD 929 Organizational Theory and Change 3
    EDAD 935 Workforce, Economic, and Community Development 3
    Total 6
  3. Higher Education

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Personal Statement:
    1. Nebraska's EDAD P-12 leadership program is built around the educational leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader. Describe how you have exemplified these actions in your current or previous leadership roles.

    2. Explain your professional experiences and motivations for doctoral studies, specifically Nebraska's EdD program, which is focused on the educational leader as a Visionary Thinker, Reflective Learner, and Servant Leader.

    3. Describe a local problem, challenge, or opportunity that is unique to your context that might be addressed as part of your Program of Studies and dissertation. Share how Nebraska's EdD program would help you address this local challenge, problem, or opportunity.

  • Writing Sample:  Provide three writing samples that demonstrate your scholarly writing ability, for example, a term paper, thesis, or published article.
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters

Admission Deadlines

Specialization in Ed Leadership & Higher Ed: January 15 for Fall.

Administration and Superintendent Endorsement: February 1 for Summer.

NOTE: When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

Graduate Chair

Elizabeth Niehaus

Support Staff

Cindy DeRyke

Tuition & Fees

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

UNL Graduate Chairs and staff please complete the program update form to provide edits. Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.