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


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 39 credits. Study falls into three broad areas: ¬†Organizational Theory, Leadership Practice, and Educational Evaluation/Research. ¬†Coursework in the cohort program stresses the application of learning to students’ work in schools and experiential modes of learning.


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 has three general applications: to prepare for a district-level leadership role such as superintendent, curriculum coordinator or special education director; to prepare for further study toward a doctorate in educational leadership; or to deepen 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 39 credits. Students typically are full-time employed educators and courses are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays.

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Education and Human Development
5766 Shibles Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2412
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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