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Educational Leadership - Paths to Certification

Paths to Certification

This information is intended to provide an overview of the courses at the University of Maine that lead to Maine Department of Education administrative certification.  While the Educational Leadership faculty works in conjunction with MDOE, the University does not certify school administrators.  Consult the MDOE website directly for all additional requirements, applications, fees, etc. See Chapter 115, Part II, Section 4, at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm.  The following information addresses the majority of cases for those seeking certification.  If you have questions arising out of your individual circumstances contact one of our faculty members who will advise you on your options.

Assistant Building Administrator (Principal) Certification (045)

To be eligible for this certification the following 3 courses, each of which are 3 credits, are the most direct route to meeting the requirements of MDOE:

EAD 560, Part 1: Functions and Theories of Educational Leadership
EAD 560, Part II: Functions and Theories of Educational Leadership (pre-requisite, Part I)
EAD 531, School Law for Administrators

Effective Fall, 2010, EAD 560, Parts I and II replace EAD 500 and EAD 550 from our course offerings.

Additionally, it is highly recommended that those seeking this certification take EAD 510, Educational Supervision.

There are other courses that can be taken to meet the state’s three identified competency areas for this certification, however those paths are more circuitous requiring additional coursework.

Building Administrator (Principal) Certification (040)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the 12 competency areas outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies”.  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed.   There are two courses that are specifically required by MDOE that are offered in our program:

EAD 531: School Law
EAD 616: Resource-based Decision Making for School Leaders

Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

EAD 690, Part I: Principal Internship
EAD 690, Part II: Principal Internship

Curriculum Coordinator Certification (078)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the following competency areas (3,5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11) as outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies”.  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed.

Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

EAD 691, Part I: Internship in Educational Leadership
EAD 691, Part II: Internship in Educational Leadership

Superintendent Certification (010)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the 12 competency areas outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies”.  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed.

Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

EAD 692: Superintendent Internship I
EAD 693: Superintendent Internship II

Recommended Coursework for School District Leaders

Additionally, the following sequence of courses is highly recommended for all individuals planning to work in a school district leadership capacity:

EDS 643, Seminar in School District Leadership
EAD 634, School Personnel Management
EAD 630, School Finance and Business Management


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