Online Graduate Certificate in Try on Leadership

Online Graduate Certificate in Try on Leadership

The online Graduate Certificate in Try on Leadership is specifically designed for educators who want to take the next step in their profession and see if leadership is a good fit for them. Students will be mentored while developing their leadership skills through real-world applications in order to:

  • Understand the current issues and challenges of the principalship
  • Apply best practices in leadership around organizational analysis
  • Promote best instructional leadership practices
  • Interpret and analyze school and special education laws and regulations
  • Develop strong interpersonal skills needed to lead as an administrator

The certificate also provides an easy way to begin coursework towards an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership while awaiting the next cohort to begin. New cohorts begin every Fall.

After successful completion of the graduate certificate, students are eligible to apply for a conditional Assistant Building Administrator (045) certification with the Maine Department of Education (DOE).


Students learn about high-quality instructional practices, organizational analysis, time management, and school and special education law, enabling them to better serve their school district. Throughout their coursework, students will work closely with their instructor and school district to better understand what it’s like to serve as an administrator.

Core Courses

The following courses are required (12 credits):

  • EAD 510: Educational Supervision (3 credits) (Spring)
  • EAD 531: School Law for Administrators (3 credits) (Summer)
  • EAD 651: Organizational Behavior in Education (3 credits) (Summer)
  • SED 520: Law and Policy Affecting individuals (3 credits) (Fall)

These 12 credits can be applied as electives to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership allowing students to complete the M.Ed. in 25 credits. However, completion of this certificate does not guarantee acceptance into an M.Ed. program.


The application process is simple and easy and an advisor can answer all your questions about program requirements and the admissions process.

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review these application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current resume or CV
  • Official transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor
  • 300-500 word essay based on the following prompt

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Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Try on Leadership online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Senior Advisor, at 207.581.3452 or at

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of K-12 principals is projected to grow 18% from 2020 to 2030 with about 22,100 openings per year. The median annual wage for K-12 principals was $98,420 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

After successful completion of the graduate certificate, students are eligible to apply for a conditional Assistant Building Administrator (045) certification with the Maine Department of Education (DOE).

Notable Companies Employing Alumni and Current Students

  • State of Maine, Department of Education
  • Eastern Maine Community College
  • Northern Maine Community College
  • Beal College
  • University of Maine System
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools


Students will receive personal instruction from a faculty comprised of research-active instructors who bridge the theory-practice gap that often occurs in education. Their passion and expertise will help you grow as a professional educator and life-long learner.

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NC-SARA Statement

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

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