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100% Online 33 credits $550/cr. in-state and out-of-state* Rolling Admission None

*This special e-tuition rate applies to out-of-state students enrolled in a UMaineOnline degree or certificate program. Tuition rates for those not enrolled in a program/non-degree students can be found on Tuition & Fees.

Education Specialist in Educational Leadership

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership with a focus in District Level Leadership at the University of Maine is designed for educators interested in building skills for effective district-level leadership and administration. Students in the Ed.S. program will be positioned to apply for a variety of school district-level leadership and director positions.


Coursework includes simulation, reflective journals, observation and feedback in practice, and examination of group dynamics, as well as conventional university learning activities, all sequenced to build leadership skills. All coursework is aligned with the Maine Department of Education competency areas for leadership certification.

Students with an M.Ed. in Education Leadership will take 33 credits. Students with a Master’s degree in an area other than educational leadership will be required to complete 39 to 42 credit hours. These additional credits will be determined by an Educational Leadership faculty advisor.

Core Courses

The following courses are required (33 credits):

  • EAD 630: School Finance and Business Management (3 credits)
  • EAD 634: School Personnel Management (3 credits)
  • EAD 640: Contract Negotiation and Management for Educational Administration (3 credits) 
  • EAD 653: Statistics for Scholarly Practitioners (3 credits) 
  • EAD 655: Qualitative Analysis for Scholarly Practitioners (3 credits)
  • EAD 699: Policy Development and Analysis for Central Office Administration (3 credits)
  • EHD 510: Introduction to Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EHD 595: Leadership in Curriculum and Assessment Design (3 credits)
  • EHD 643: Seminar in District Leadership (3 credits)
  • Internship I: (3 credits)
  • Internship II: (3 credits)



The Educational Leadership faculty is committed to educating competent and visionary leaders for educational institutions in Maine and beyond. Leadership in education involves developing leaders’ knowledge, interpersonal skills, and personal/professional values and awareness that will enable leaders to influence their schools for positive student outcomes. Since we follow a developmental model, we know that people are at different points in their learning with regard to any standards or objectives; nevertheless, we and our students use professional standards to gauge growth and guide further learning.

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Graduates work as teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals, special education directors, and curriculum coordinators. In addition, our graduates are prepared to work for nonprofit and government agencies specializing in education policy.

This degree can lead to Maine certification in Superintendent (010), Assistant Superintendent (015), Curriculum Coordinator (078), Administrator of Special Education (030), and more. Specific information regarding Maine certification is available through the Maine Department of Education.

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Have questions about earning your Ed.S. in Educational Leadership online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at

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  • Professional experience working in a formal leadership position in an educational organization.
  • A Masters in an education-related subject (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership preferred)

Application Materials

Before you apply, please review the application instructions. When you’re ready to apply, please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official academic transcripts
  • A short essay describing your motivation for obtaining an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership
  • Three letters of recommendation that support their pursuit of graduate work with at least one letter from their direct supervisor stating support for their enrollment in a graduate program

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