(M.Ed., C.A.S., Ph.D)
Study in Educational Leadership provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of educational organizations, leadership, educational program planning and evaluation, and management functions. M.Ed. and C.A.S. programs prepare leaders primarily for PK-12 public and private schools, but also encompass other education agencies as well. Doctoral study is a vehicle for scholarly analysis of organizational, leadership, and educational program issues.
The Master of Education program in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 39 credit hours. Two program choices are available: the Educational Leadership Cohort in which a group of students takes 27 credits together and the Individual Program in which students enroll in a sequence of courses agreed upon by the student and advisor.
The master’s degree is designed primarily to prepare program- and school-level leaders such as principals, teacher leaders, and coordinators.
The Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership offers opportunities for study beyond the master’s degree toward leadership roles, such as school superintendencies or supervisorships- 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.
Coursework is offered in the late afternoon or evening in the Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in Summer Session. Study may be full or part time.
The preK-12 doctoral program in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership is designed for experienced educational leaders. Doctoral candidates join a cohort to pursue advanced study and conduct research in organizational leadership and practice. Students in the Ph.D. in Education program are part of two cohorts: a within-area cohort of individuals pursuing the same area of study in education, and a cross-area cohort of individuals from different concentrations. The dual-cohort model fosters integration of multiple perspectives while enabling students to develop in-depth expertise in Educational Leadership. Cohorts begin periodically depending on demand and availability of resources. For further information about the program, see http://umaine.edu/edhd/graduate-programs/graduate-programs-2/prek-12-educational-leadership/ or contact Dr. Richard Ackerman (firstname.lastname@example.org).