Degree overview
The doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of Maine is for experienced educational leaders looking to stretch themselves professionally and academically. The program is designed to equip students with the skills and insights necessary to understand organizational dynamics and leadership in an increasingly complex world. Coursework is collaborative and takes place within our unique dual-cohort Ph.D. in education program, helping develop and strengthen students’ knowledge and skills as educators, critical thinkers and researchers.

Careers in educational leadership
Graduates of the doctoral program educational leadership program at the University of Maine work as school district superintendents, administrators, curriculum coordinators, principals, and assistant principals. In addition, our graduates are prepared to teach at the college and university level, or work for nonprofit and government agencies specializing in education policy.

Program delivery
Students in the educational leadership Ph.D. program are part of two cohorts: A core cohort, made up of individuals pursuing the same area of study (educational leadership) and a cross-area cohort of individuals from different concentrations (literacy education/prevention and intervention studies). This model fosters integration of multiple perspectives, while enabling students to develop in-depth expertise in their focus area. To the degree possible, courses are adapted to the needs, interests and schedules of the group. The educational leadership Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 graduate credits, including the master’s degree.

To apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Prospective students are encouraged to submit their application to the University of Maine Graduate School. For additional information on available courses, as well as the cohort program, please contact Richard Ackerman, Professor of Educational Leadership (

Educational leadership faculty

Richard Ackerman, Ed.D., Professor of Educational Leadership
Catharine Biddle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Ian Mette, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership