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Educational Leadership - Public School Administration Certification

Maine Department Of Education Certification Information

Paths to Certification

This information is intended to provide an overview of the courses at the University of Maine that lead to Maine Department of Education administrative certification.  While the Educational Leadership faculty works in conjunction with MDOE, the University does not certify school administrators.  Consult the MDOE website directly for all additional requirements, applications, fees, etc. See Chapter 115, Part II, Section 4. In addition, use the matrix in the appendix for the Masters/CAS Program Handbook to see how coursework of this program aligns with MDOE certification requirements.

The following information addresses the majority of cases for those seeking certification. If you have questions arising out of your individual circumstances contact one of our faculty members who will advise you on your options.

*Important Note:  SED 520 Law and Policy Affecting Individuals, also known as Special Ed Law, is now required by Maine Department of Education for certificates that also require Maine School Law.

Assistant Building Administrator (Principal) Certification (045)

To be eligible for this certification the following 3 courses, each of which are 3 credits, are the most direct route to meeting the requirements of MDOE:

Additionally, it is highly recommended that those seeking this certification take EAD 510, Educational Supervision.

There are other courses that can be taken to meet the state’s three identified competency areas for this certification; however, those paths are more circuitous requiring additional coursework.

Building Administrator (Principal) Certification (040)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the 12 competency areas outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies” (See Masters/CAS Handbook).  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed.   There are two courses that are specifically required by MDOE that are offered in our program:

Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

Curriculum Coordinator Certification (078)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the following competency areas (3,5,6,7,8,9,10 and 11) as outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies” (See Masters/ CAS Handbook).  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed. Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

Superintendent Certification (010)

To be eligible for this certification an applicant must hold a Masters Degree and meet each of the 12 competency areas outlined on our “Matrix of Educational Leadership Courses and Administrative Certification Competencies.”  As you can readily see there are a variety of courses through which the competencies can be met while working toward a degree in Educational Leadership.  This path is identified in conjunction with an advisor when a Program of Studies is developed.

Additionally, MDOE requires an Internship for this certification.  Within our program offerings this requirement is met through:

Recommended Coursework for School District Leaders

Additionally, the following sequence of courses is highly recommended for all individuals planning to work in a school district leadership capacity:

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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