Educational Leadership (M.Ed., Ed.S.)

Degree overview

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in educational leadership at the University of Maine are designed for educators interested in building skills for effective school leadership and administration. The master’s degree is for those just beginning graduate study, while the Ed.S. is a terminal degree program that offers opportunities beyond the master’s level. Students in the Ed.S. program will be positioned to apply for a variety of school district-level leadership and director positions. While it does not require a dissertation, the Ed.S. degree program can help develop research skills.

Whether you decide to undertake our programs as part of a cohort or design your own course of study with a faculty advisor, our students are part of a learning community in which both professors and students construct the experience together. Coursework includes simulation, reflective journals, observation and feedback in practice, and examination of group dynamics, as well as conventional university learning activities, all sequenced to build leadership skills. All coursework is aligned with Maine Department of Education competency areas for leadership certification.

Careers in educational leadership
Graduates of the educational leadership M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs at the University of Maine work as teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals, special education directors, curriculum coordinators and athletic directors. In addition, our graduates are prepared to work for nonprofit and government agencies specializing in education policy.

Program delivery
These programs are fully remote, meaning courses are taught through video conferencing one evening per week. The coursework is designed to meet the needs of working professional educators.

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 37 credit hours, while the Ed.S. requires an additional 30 credit hours for those with a master’s in educational leadership (39-45 hours for those with a master’s degree in a related field). In our continuous cohort model, students take all their classes together while working toward their degrees, allowing you to learn from your peers and professors in a collaborative environment.

Tuition and fees
For current information about tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s office.

To apply
Applications are accepted any time through the UMaine Graduate School, with new cohorts beginning each fall. For questions about choosing the best cohort for you, please contact program coordinator Maria Frankland, lecturer in educational leadership.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) statement

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Educational leadership faculty

Catharine Biddle, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Esther A. Enright, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Maria Frankland, Lecturer in Educational Leadership
Ian Mette, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership


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Professional Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Plan information

The Educational Leadership faculty is committed to educating competent and visionary leaders for educational institutions in Maine and beyond. Leadership in education involves developing in leaders’ knowledge, interpersonal skills, and personal/professional values and awareness that will enable leaders to influence their schools for positive student outcomes. Since we follow a developmental model, we know that people are at different points in their learning with regard to any standards or objectives; nevertheless, we and our students use the domains and professional standards outlined in the document below to gauge growth and guide further learning. To view these professional learning outcomes, click “download” below.

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Click on one of the links below to access a program of study form for our Master of Education and Education Specialist degree programs.

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