Educational Leadership

NOTE: The EdD program in Educational Leadership is not currently accepting applications.

Study in Educational Leadership provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of educational organizations, leadership, educational program planning and evaluation, and management functions.

  • MEd and EdS programs prepare leaders primarily for PreK-12 public and private schools, but also encompass other education agencies as well.
  • The EdD program serves as a vehicle for scholarly-practitioners to study a problem of practice that informs the analysis of organizational, leadership, and educational practices within PreK-12 school settings.

The EdD is designed to support scholarly practitioners who intend to address a problem of practice. The program supports educators in PK-12 leadership positions through a four-year sequence of course, wherein students take two 8-week classes in the fall, two 8-week classes in the spring, and one intensive class in the summer. Starting in summer 2020, the EdD program will meet through an online video platform (Zoom), allowing members to learn from their office or home. Additionally, there will be one in-person Saturday class in Orono each semester as part of the intensive learning process to allow for ongoing interpersonal connection between EdD members. The EdD Program in PK-12 Educational Leadership seeks to admit post-master’s students who:

  • have leadership experience in PK-12 education and who wish to grow professionally and academically;
  • intend to make substantial contributions to the leadership of PK-12 education and are committed to making a positive difference in their leadership practice and workplace;
  • demonstrate the self-direction necessary for advanced graduate study and independent research;
  • possess the ability and motivation to succeed in the rigorous interpersonal and academic demands of doctoral study. Students accepted into the program may elect to enroll in a superintendent internship.

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership offers opportunities for study beyond the master’s degree toward leadership roles, such as school superintendent, curriculum coordinator or to develop research capacities. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for those with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership; 39-45 hours for those with a master’s degree in a related field.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 37 credit hours. Students enroll in a sequence of 9 required courses which total 28 credits and may choose 4 additional elective courses. The MEd is designed primarily to prepare school-level leaders such as principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders.

NOTE: This program is only open to practicing educators who are able to attend online synchronous classes. This program does not meet international visa requirements or have the ability to provide students with funding.

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.

Degrees offered: EdD, EdS, MEd

Program Format: Blended, Online

Application deadline: EdD January 31 (Summer only) | MEd currently accepting applications (Fall only) EdS is not currently accepting applications

Test Required: None

Contact: Maria Frankland

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Program Website: Educational Leadership