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Master of Arts in Education - Educational Administration

This program requires that the student be qualified for or hold a teaching certificate. The programs are intended to provide the student with advanced knowledge in curriculum, research, assessment, administration, supervision and counseling. It is the responsibility of the students from states other than Nebraska to check with their resident state on specific state required courses needed to obtain their state's administrative endorsement/certificate and to choose their elective courses to meet these state requirements.

Beginning September 2015, students seeking certification for the Education Administration endorsement will be required to successfully complete the PRAXIS II content test prior to graduation.

Entrance requirements for the Master of Arts in Education

  • Complete application
  • Earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.00 scale   
  • Official transcripts from the college/university which issued bachelor's degree.
  • Official transcripts from any institutions attended after receiving bachelor's degree (if applicable)
  • Applicants must hold a teaching certificate or be qualified for a teaching certificate
  • Administrative applicants will be required to have teaching experience and course work completed prior to full admission

Focus Area - Elementary/Secondary/PK-12 Principal

Note: EDCI 631, Research Design & Data Analysis, should be completed within the first 12 hours of a student's program of study.

Basic Core Courses

Number Course Title Hours
EDCI 631 Research Design & Data Analysis 3
EDCI 633 Educational Philosophy 3
EDCI 635 Curriculum Development 3
EDCI 638 School Law 3
Basic Core Total 12

Administrative Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
EDAD 629 Fundamentals of School Administration 3
EDAD 632 Supervision of Instruction 3
EDAD 633 School Administration and Leadership 3
EDAD 638 Personnel Administration 3
EDAD 639 Practicum / Internship 3
Electives: Approved by Advisor & Grad Committee 9-15
Total 36

An elementary-level administration endorsement assumes the candidate has completed a program in elementary teaching. If not, the candidate will be required to complete an additional nine (9) hours in improvement of instruction courses for elementary.

A secondary-level administration endorsement assumes the candidate has completed a program in secondary teaching. If not, the candidate will be required to complete an additional nine (9) hours in courses appropriate to a secondary endorsement.

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Focus Area - Special Education Supervisor Birth-12th grade

Note: EDCI 631, Research Design & Data Analysis, should be completed within the first 12 hours of a student's program of study.

Basic Core Courses

Number Course Title Hours
EDCI 631 Research Design & Data Analysis 3
EDCI 633 Educational Philosophy 3
EDCI 635 Curriculum Development 3
EDCI 638 School Law 3
Basic Core Total 12

Administrative Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
EDAD 629 Fundamentals of School Administration 3
EDAD 632 Supervision of Instruction 3
EDAD 633 School Administration and Leadership 3
EDAD 638 Personnel Administration 3
EDAD 639 Practicum / Internship 3
Administrative Requirements Total 15

Special Education Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
SPED 531 Program Development, Implementation, & Management 3
SPED 535 Assess Individuals w M/M Disabilities 3
SPED 536 Methods & Materials for M/M Disabilities. 3
SPED 539 Language & Learning Disabilities 3
SPED 630 Characteristics of Behavior & Emotional Disabilities 3
Special Education Total 15
Total 42

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Teaching experience is a prerequisite for certification.

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Focus Area - Curriculum Supervisor PK-12

Note: EDCI 631, Research Design & Data Analysis, should be completed within the first 12 hours of a student's program of study.

Basic Core Courses

Number Course Title Hours
EDCI 631 Research Design & Data Analysis 3
EDCI 633 Educational Philosophy 3
EDCI 635 Curriculum Development 3
EDCI 638 School Law 3
Basic Core Total 12

Administrative Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
EDAD 629 Fundamentals of School Administration 3
EDAD 632 Supervision of Instruction 3
EDAD 633 School Administration and Leadership 3
EDAD 638 Personnel Administration 3
EDAD 639 Practicum / Internship 3
Administrative Total 15

Curriculum/Assessment Requirements

Number Course Title Hours
Curriculum/Assessment Total 9
EDUC 639 Advanced Methods of Performance Assessment 3
Electives: Approved by Advisor & Grad Committee 6
Total 36

*The EDAD programs of study meet or substantially move toward meeting the requirements for Nebraska Principal Administrative certification. If seeking certification, candidates must have met all State of Nebraska requirements for a teaching certificate, as well as a minimum of two years full time teaching experience. Two hundred fifty clock hours of experience(s) in approved or accredited elementary, middle, secondary, special education, activities director, or supervisor practicum/internship is required for certification. To be certified in more than one focus area, the practicum/internship would be designed with at least 50% of the experiences focused in one of the two areas and 50% of the experiences focused on a second area (i.e., middle school, special education, activities director, or supervisor).

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Focus Area - School Counseling

The School Counseling Program prepares students to work professionally as school counselors. CSC offers three academic paths toward school counseling endorsement in Nebraska.

Path 1: Students holding a valid Teaching Certificate (including the NE State Human Relations and Special Education Training Requirements) seeking an MAE in School Counseling must complete: (a) the 39-hour School Counseling Master of Arts in Education program, and (b) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

Path 2: Students without an undergraduate degree in teacher education, or a valid teaching certificate, seeking an MAE in School Counseling must complete: (a) the 39-hour School Counseling Master of Arts in Education program, (b) the 12-hour School Counseling Alternative Option coursework, (c) the Nebraska State Human Relations Requirement, (c) the Nebraska State Special Education Training Requirement, and (d) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

Path 3: Students without an undergraduate degree in teacher education, or a valid teaching certificate, seeking an MAE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete: (a) the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program, (b) COUN 635: School Counseling, (c) COUN 640: Internship in the school setting (3 credit-hours), (d) the 12-hour School Counseling Alternative Option coursework, (e) the Nebraska State Human Relations Requirement, (f) the Nebraska State Special Education Training Requirement and, (g) the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment.

COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING, requires affirmation by the graduate student under oath that he/she has no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude (Guide to Nebraska Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section 004.01, subsection 004.11D). Furthermore, enrollment in COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING requires a student’s affirmation under oath that he or she does not have any order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other government body of criminal charges because of insanity; or of incapacitation and in need of a guardian; or of an inability to manage his or her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication; or because he or she is currently an in-patient or resident in a mental health facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional (Guide to Nebraska Teacher Education Institutions, Nebraska Department of Education, Code Section 004.01, subsection 1004.01L).

Courses

Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Education-School Counseling Program:

COUN 531 COUNSELING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS 3
COUN 533 COUNSELING ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY 3
COUN 534 FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT 3
COUN 535 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING 3
COUN 536 FAMILY DEVELOPMENT 1 3
COUN 541 COUNSELING THEORIES 3
COUN 632 CAREER AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT 3
COUN 634 GROUP COUNSELING 3
COUN 635 SCHOOL COUNSELING 3
COUN 637 ADVANCED HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 3
COUN 639A PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING 3
COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING 2 3
EDCI 631 RESEARCH DESIGN AND DATA ANALYSIS 3
Total Credits 39
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Students can elect to take COUN 536 FAMILY DEVELOPMENT OR COUN 629 COUNSELING CHILDREN OR COUN 630 CRISIS COUNSELING.

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For PK-8 school counseling endorsement, students must take one 450-hour elementary school counseling internship. For 7-12 school counseling endorsement, students must complete one 450-hour secondary school counseling internship. Students seeking PK-12 school counseling endorsement must complete a 900-hour internship. Regardless of the number of hours, students should register for COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING. Students may need to take additional credits for completion of this requirement.

School Counseling MAE students who wish to also obtain a Clinical Mental Health Practitioner license from the State of Nebraska will need to complete the following courses:

COUN 523 DIAGNOSES AND THE DSM 3
COUN 532 TREATMENT ISSUES IN ADDICTIONS 3
COUN 629 COUNSELING CHILDREN 3
COUN 630 CRISIS COUNSELING 3
COUN 631 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
COUN 636 FAMILY COUNSELING 3
COUN 639B PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING 3
COUN 640 INTERNSHIP IN COUNSELING 1 1-6
1

See Practicum/Internship Coordinator for internship requirements.

Contact a Counseling faculty member for additional information.

Course requirements for the School Counseling Alternative Option:

EDUC 531 COMPUTER BASICS AND ISSUES OF TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS 3
EDUC 639 ADVANCED METHODS OF PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT 3
EDCI 635 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT 3
READ 530 READING AND WRITING IN THE MIDDLE/SECONDARY SCHOOLS 3
or READ 535 READING AND THE AT-RISK STUDENT
Total Credits 12

The State of Nebraska requires all endorsement candidates to acquire Human Relations Skills Training and Special Education Training Requirements. The following is a list of CSC courses to fulfill this requirement. 

Nebraska Human Relations Skills Requirement:

COUN 535 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING 3
Total Credits 3

Nebraska Special Education Training Requirement:

SPED 230 INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER 3
or SPED 532 SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION
Total Credits 3

School Counseling Endorsement

To be recommended for School Counseling endorsement, the student must have

  • Met all course and credit requirements for endorsement
  • Met all graduation requirements for the appropriate degree or added endorsement program
  • Successfully pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor (5421) Subject Assessment

A candidate seeking an additional endorsement after completing his or her degree program must complete the appropriate course work and officially notify the Certification Officer upon completion of the endorsement program/course work.

Graduation Without Endorsement or Certification

In rare cases, permission may be granted for a student to graduate without a recommendation for endorsement or certification. This provision is for students who do not qualify for or are removed from their curricular program. However, there are times when, because of illness or other extreme situations, a candidate will decide not to complete all professional requirements. In this situation, the candidate should contact his or her advisor, and then complete a formal request to the Graduate Dean to be allowed to graduate without completing all endorsement or certification requirements. The Graduate Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine the merit of the request. If permission is granted, an appropriate amended plan of study will be determined.

Any candidate who graduates without a recommendation for certification will not be recommended for school counseling endorsement or certification in any state. If, at some future time, the student wishes to complete certification requirements, he/she must first reapply for readmission to the CSC graduate program.

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