Graduate Programs

Consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top graduate schools for education (both online and overall), the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development combines rigorous coursework and rich field experiences to nurture the skills and knowledge needed to help our graduate students address the challenges facing PK-12 education. Other programs are geared toward students pursuing careers in university settings and at agencies that serve children and families. Our outstanding faculty have a wealth of research and practical experience, and have supported previous students to become well-versed in areas such as social and emotional learning, educational leadership and policy, and practices to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

For more information about graduate programs, contact: Jo-Ellen Carr, Administrative Assistant for Graduate Records 207.581.2444 | joellen.carr@maine.edu. Or request information from the Graduate School.


Graduate Certificates


Master's and Education Specialist Programs


Doctoral Programs

  • Education
    Areas of Specialization
    • Higher Education (Ph.D. or Ed.D. program designed for mid-career professionals with the theoretical and practical frameworks to understand colleges and universities as complex organizations)
    • Literacy Education (Ph.D. program focused on theoretical research traditions, historical perspectives, and diverse epistemologies and methodologies that frame the study of literacy in varied settings, with emphasis on the distinct needs of rural areas)
    • Prevention & Intervention Studies (Ph.D. program for educators interested in increasing positive academic and social-behavioral outcomes for PreK-12 children and their families by focusing on issues related to risk, resilience, prevention and intervention)
    • STEM Education (An interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree program for those who have an interest in improving the quality of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics education through research)
  • Educational Leadership
    (Ed.D. program for scholarly-practitioners seeking to deepen their understanding of schools, districts, state and national policy, and leadership practice in PK-12 schools)