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Programs - Individually Scheduled Programs: M.Ed. and C.A.S.

Masters and CAS Program Handbook

Individually Scheduled Program: Master of Education (M.Ed.)

For educators and citizens seeking a foundation in the study of organizations and the development of leadership skills and competencies, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership involves selecting a program of study and schedule of courses to suit career goals and personal interests.

Students typically are full-time employed educators and courses are offered in the evening. Many master’s degree candidates enroll in order to explore alternative leadership roles in schools and communities, including administration, teacher leadership, and innovative roles. Students can elect programs of study that will fulfill certification requirements for administrative roles in Maine schools.

The M.Ed. requires a minimum of 40 credits. Study falls into three broad areas:  Organizational Theory, Leadership Practice, and Educational Evaluation/Research.

Individually Scheduled Program: Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

For educators and citizens seeking advanced knowledge in educational leadership or to explore the leadership and organizational context of a field for which they have an earned Master’s degree. The CAS helps individuals prepare for a district-level leadership role such as superintendent, curriculum coordinator or special education director and promotes deepened skills and knowledge in leadership in general.

The CAS program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree, distributed over the areas of Organizational Theory, Leadership Practice, and Educational Evaluation/Research. Generally, students entering with a Master’s degree in a field other than educational leadership/administration will be required to earn at least 40 credits. Students typically are full-time employed educators and courses are offered in the evenings.

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College of Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.2441
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System