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Online Master's Degree - School Administration (MSE)

About the Program

Every school needs a leader, and we're here to help you fulfill that role. With an online master's degree in school administration from Wayne State, you'll be well prepared for an administrative position in an elementary or secondary school setting. Our online graduate courses for school administration will help prepare you for leadership roles such as principal, assistant principal, or director. Course concepts include administration and leadership, school law, finances and facilities, supervision and instruction, and school organization. You'll then solidify your skills by participating in a practical internship arranged cooperatively with Wayne State College.

Master's degree and certificate (non-degree) options:
School Administration (7-12)
School Administration (PK-8)
School Administration (PK-12)
Athletic Administration (optional focus area)



In Nebraska, you may be certified as a principal at the PK-8 or 7-12 level. Iowa requires a PK-12 endorsement to be certified as a principal. If you are in another state, you should check with your school administrator licensing agency to see which endorsement is required. To be eligible for administrator certification in Nebraska, you must have a master's degree in education and two years of verified successful teaching experience. If you are seeking certification for the first time in Nebraska, you may be required to complete additional course work in human relations and special education.

Endorsement Programs

If you already have a master's degree in education from an accredited institution, you may be certified by completing an endorsement program that does not lead to an additional degree. If you have not previously completed a master's degree program, you will be required to take one of the MSE degree program options for school administration. If you've already completed a PK-8 or 7-12 degree, you may extend your endorsement to the PK-12 level by completing one of the endorsement options.

Endorsement program options:
7-12 (9 hours) or PK-8 (9 hours)

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 18 graduate credits, subject to evaluation by the Dean of Education and Counseling, may be transferred from another regionally accredited graduate institution and applied toward a degree. Graduate credit accepted must meet a minimum course grade of B and be an appropriate substitute for courses in a WSC program. Credit that has been applied toward a previously earned degree will not be accepted, except for the 9 credit hours that are a part of the professional education core. All classes within an MSE degree program must fit into a 10-year timeframe for degree completion.

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Fast Facts

Degree offered: MSE

Hours required:
7-12 degree or certificate program: 36 hours
PK-8 degree or certificate program: 36 hours
PK-12 degree or certificate program: 45 hours
Athletic Administration additional focus area: 12 hours
7-12 endorsement only: 9 hours
PK-8 endorsement only: 9 hours

Delivery Method: Fully Online

School: Education and Counseling

Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education



Questions? Contact:

Dr. Craig Pease
Phone: 402-375-7376

Dr. Jim Ossian
Phone: 402-375-7185

Recognized for Excellence

Wayne State College is continually recognized for incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable Online College for Master's in Education 2018 - SR Education Group
Top 20 most affordable online colleges for a master's in education for 2018


Best Online College in Nebraska 2018 - Affordable Colleges Online
Ranked as one of the best online colleges in Nebraska for 2018

College of Distinction Award for Education Degrees, 2017-18
The only public college in Nebraska to receive the College of Distinction award


Best Schools for K-12 Education award, 2018
Ranked #9 in the nation for best K-12 education programs



Online master’s degrees at Wayne State College are among the lowest priced in the nation.  Online tuition is a flat rate, regardless of residency.

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Online classes are available throughout the summer, fall, and spring.  Advance your career and get started today!