Ed.D. in Educational Administration
The Doctorate in Educational Administration is a graduate program for educators who have completed foundational work in school leadership. This program is designed for those with current administrative certification who wish to gain expertise as a practitioner and scholar in their chosen area of education.
To apply for the Ed.D. program, educators must possess a Master’s Degree in Education or an Educational Specialist Degree, and hold a current administrative certificate. Application begins by calling the Department of Educational Leadership, 402.554.2721, and completing UNO's online application for admission.
- Fall: June 1
- Spring: October 1 (limited)
- Summer: February 1
The minimum number of graduate credits for the Ed.D. is 96 semester hours, including 45 or more new hours after acceptance.
- 9 hours of doctoral seminars
- 12 of research
- 12 or more of electives
- 12 dissertation hours
Most previous graduate credits are accepted, including the Master’s Degree hours, with up to 51 hours counted toward the total 96 hours required.
Most UNO Ed.D. candidates continue to work full time and complete their doctoral work in 3 to 5 years. The Ed.D. must be completed within 10 years from the time of acceptance. Currently, the program is approaching a 90% graduation rate. Classes are held on campus once a week in the evenings with some distance friendly sessions to accommodate busy educators’ schedules. Courses and tentative schedules can be found on the plan of study.
Superintendent Certification may be completed along with the Ed.D. if the superintendent classes and internship are selected as electives.
The NxtWave Program for school librarian leadership is also an option. Those interested should contact Dr. Becky Pasco, Department of Teacher Education.