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

*NEW 4-course sequence starting fall 2020*

We are currently accepting applications for the graduate certificate program, “Try on Leadership.” Once completed, the classes will allow students to apply for conditional Assistant Building Administrator (045) certification through the Maine Department of Education. The course sequence includes:

  • EAD 615 The Principalship (Fall 2020)
  • EAD 651 Organizational Behavior in Education (Spring 2021)
  • EAD 531 School Law for Administrators (Summer 2021)
  • SED 520 Law and Policy Affecting Individuals (Summer 2021)

Each course meets live online, once a week, via Zoom. Courses can be transferred as electives into our M.Ed. in educational leadership program. The next M.Ed. cohort will begin in fall 2021. More information about the M.Ed. program is below.

Degree overview

NOTE: Our next cohort in the M.Ed. in educational leadership program will begin in fall 2021. See information above about classes being offered in the meantime. For questions, please contact Ian Mette, associate professor of educational leadership.

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, and curriculum coordinators. In addition, our graduates are prepared to work for nonprofit and government agencies specializing in education policy.

Program delivery
These programs are offered in an online, low-residency format, meaning most courses are taught through video conferencing one evening per week, with 2-3 in-person Saturday meetings each semester. The coursework is designed to meet the needs of working professional educators.

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 40 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). We offer two program options:

  • The educational leadership cohort, where a group of students take all their classes together while working toward their degrees, allows you to learn from your peers and professors in a collaborative environment.
  • The individually designed option also allows for collaborative learning, but students enroll in a sequence of courses agreed upon with an adviser.

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

To apply
We are not accepting applications for these programs at this time. Please check back for announcements about new cohorts in the near future.

Educational leadership faculty

Richard Ackerman, Ed.D., Professor of Educational Leadership
Catharine Biddle, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Maria Frankland, Ph.D., Lecturer in Educational Leadership
Ian Mette, Ph.D., 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.


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