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Principal Endorsement

Throughout the 12-month, fully online program, students will complete five courses (18 credits). Classes begin five times throughout the year and students can choose to start courses in August, January, December, March, or June of each year.

  • If your Master of Education degree had a leadership focus, you may be able to complete your endorsement program with only the courses below. 
  • If your degree was focused in curriculum or subject-focused, it is likely you will also need to take additional leadership coursework at Midland. Each student’s transcript will be evaluated individually for both these core courses and any additional transfer credit. Students who have graduated from or are currently enrolled in Midland’s Master of Education program will have met all prerequisites.

Program of Study – 18 credits

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
EDU 620Operational Leadership3
EDU 621Strategic Leadership3
EDU 622School-Based Experience and School Improvement Action Research3
EDU 623Instructional Leadership for the Principal3
EDU 624The Principal Internship3
EDU 699School Improvement Action Research Project / Capstone3

Course Descriptions

EDU 620: Operational Leadership (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the Principal candidate with knowledge and skills to create systems that support the mission, vision, strategic, and school improvement plans of the school with a focus on supporting quality instruction and student learning. Principal candidates will know the importance of having supporting systems, structures and processes to improve learning, create efficiencies and provide safe and effective learning environments. The Principal candidate will understand the business of the school, including communication and public relations, facilities and operations, budgeting, finance and other support services. The Principal candidate will spend a minimum of 25 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 621: Strategic Leadership (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the Principal candidate with knowledge about developing a compelling vision and a mission that provides direction for the growth and success of students. The candidate will understand the change process and know how to formulate, implement and evaluate strategic plans. The candidate will understand motivation theory, be able to provide direction for, build ownership in and facilitate collaboration among stakeholders in the planning process. The candidate will spend a minimum of 25 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 622: School-Based Experience and School Improvement Action Research (3 credits)

Prior to the start of the course the Principal candidate will coordinate with the Midland Advisor/Instructor and School Administrator Mentor and develop and submit a plan for the school-based experience with a minimum of 25 clock hours preferably in his/her home school (must be accredited or approved in Nebraska). The plan should detail observations, participation and leadership in activities related to school improvement. The majority of these hours should provide experiences that are related to and will enhance the Principal candidates action research. The Principal candidate will work through the initial planning process for the Principal Action Research Report (PARR) including crafting a working proposal, formally seeking required support/approvals and feedback, outlining possible research questions, writing an initial review of literature, selecting the action/ intervention including suggested methods and data collection techniques.

EDU 623: Instructional Leadership for the Principal (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide the Principal candidate with an understanding of the strong correlation between instructional leadership, teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The candidate will know how to analyze the critical attributes of teacher effectiveness and supervise and evaluate with an emphasis on continual growth and accountability. The candidate will know how to observe for good instruction and provide effective feedback on instructional strategies, classroom management, curriculum and assessment. The candidate will be familiar with the Nebraska Teacher Evaluation Framework and know the legal responsibilities when deciding for nonrenewal of a teacher contract. The Principal candidate will spend a minimum of 25 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

EDU 624: Principal Internship (3 credits)

The Principal candidate will coordinate with the Midland Instructor and Administrator Mentor and submit an internship plan that will engage him/her in opportunities to apply and extend leadership knowledge and skills through more intensive/authentic practice in a school setting. The candidate will be involved minimally in observing and participating and primarily in leadership type activities. The internship is a minimum of 135 clock hours.

EDU 699: School Improvement Action Research Project / Capstone (3 credits)

The culminating project is a Principal Action Research Report (PARR) and two presentations. The Principal candidate will present to a Midland panel of instructors and to an authentic audience. The PARR will synthesize coursework, experiences, and research throughout the Principal Endorsement program related to his or her school’s improvement plan. Candidates will have worked closely with a Midland University instructor and his or her school district mentor to plan action research that leads to school improvement. The Principal candidate will spend a minimum of 15 clock hours in school-based experience(s).

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