Educational Administration

Mission and Role

The mission of EDAD is to prepare graduates to be school leaders, who are responsive, reflective, and collaborative decision makers and who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and technological expertise to organize learning environments that embrace the principles of democracy, diversity, and equity

The role of the Educational Administration Department (EDAD) is to:

  • Select and prepare individuals for administrative roles in schools
  • Design and deliver postgraduate in-service for practicing administrators,
  • Provide consultative services to school officials in the general area served by the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK).

National Policy Board for Educational Administration Standards

The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) is a consortium of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the national principal organizations (NAESP & NASSP). 

The seven standards encompass a cumulative subset of 26 elements each for building-level leadership and district-level leadership.

Standard 1.0:  Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.

Standard 2.0:  Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practices to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.

Standard 3.0:  Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Standard 4.0:  Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Standard 5.0:  Candidates who compete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner.

Standard 6.0:  Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Standard 7.0:  Internship.  The internship provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in Standards 1-6 through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel for graduate credit.