Become certified to lead in elementary education

Meet the requirements for Administrative and Supervisory Certification in Nebraska with an endorsement for the principalship in elementary schools. This online master’s program focuses on effective leadership to direct and develop relationships with teachers and students, as well as strategies for school improvement. Expert faculty, along with experienced school administrators who serve as mentors for your Practicum, prepare you to advance in your career and the salary schedule.

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree and teacher certification

UNK also offers this online program as a School Principalship 7-12 option. Students pursuing certification in states other than Nebraska must check with their state’s Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

  • Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Curriculum Director
  • Department Head

"I really feel all the programs at UNK support the concept of a principalship as a manager as well as an instructional leader. UNK truly has a great reputation in education and I felt that the coursework truly prepared me for the transition from the classroom into principalship. The online program really offered the opportunity for you to learn not only from the professors, but from people across Nebraska and even from out of state that you wouldn't have an opportunity to meet if you were coming on campus for those same courses."

Chelsea Feusner

Buffalo Hills Elementary Principal

Benefits of a Master's Degree

A graduate degree helps you advance your career by qualifying for higher positions with additional leadership opportunities. The median salary for those with master’s degrees is 16% higher than for those with an undergraduate degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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