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Master’s of Education: Principal Endorsement

Program Overview

Why Choose a York College Principal Endorsement?

This program is designed for the educator who holds a state teaching license and wishes to complete the requirements to be a principal, which may also be referred to as a building-level administrator or leader. Candidates who do not possess a current teaching license are not eligible for the Endorsement Concentration. Candidates who have an expired license will need to renew that license before starting this pathway.

Principal Endorsement students choose this program to:

Acquire the experience and expertise to lead others by engaging in problem-solving, planning, research, assessment, and collaboration.

Gain knowledge from experienced professionals who share well-established expertise on topics such as leadership, ethics, school culture, technology, grading and assessment, organization, and other key topics.

Build upon skills used in the classroom to understand the types of decisions and leadership skills necessary to have at an administrative level.

Learn from faculty who will share experiences, techniques, and approaches to real-world school leadership challenges.

Participate in an authentic internship experience in their home districts with support from a field-based mentor of their choosing and an assigned faculty mentor.

NDE Principal Endorsement Requirements

Persons with this endorsement may serve in all general administrative and supervisory capacities in Nebraska schools as a principal at the grade levels for which the program preparation was completed. Grade levels are PK-12, PK-8, or 7-12.

The requirements for Principal Endorsement by NDE are found in Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 24. This is known as Rule 24. Please review the requirements as outlined in Nebraska Department of Education Nebraska Department of Education, Chapter 24 – Certificate Endorsements (pages 10-11)

Master of Arts, Education Educational Leadership Principal Endorsement Admissions Process

York College Admissions

  • Apply online @
  • Must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Submit official transcripts from your Bachelor’s Degree college/university and any coursework you have completed beyond your bachelor’s degree.
  • Must meet the additional teaching and experience requirements as outlined by the Nebraska Department of Education. Nebraska Department of Education, Chapter 24 – Certificate Endorsements (pages 10-11)

Educational Leadership Principal Endorsement Admissions

  • Students choosing the Educational Leadership Principal Endorsement must also submit a program specific application.The application includes identifying a Principal Mentor and Faculty Mentor for your program.
  • The application will be emailed to you by the York College Director of Education, Dr. Cheryl Couch
  • Students are required to attend an orientation and complete an orientation course for the Educational Leadership Principal Endorsement program.
  • Schedule a consultation with the York College Director of Education, Dr. Couch.
  • Dr. Couch can be reached at in order to review the requirements and ensure you have a solid understanding of the requirements associated with the program.

Out-of-State Candidates

"Out of state" primarily refers to those working somewhere other than in Nebraska. It can also refer to those candidates with teaching licenses from other states. Nebraska may impose additional requirements to be satisfied for those without a Nebraska teaching license before granting a principal endorsement. For candidates ultimately desiring to be licensed in a state other than Nebraska under reciprocity agreements, each candidate's responsibility is to verify that York College's program will be acceptable in their respective state.



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