Online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership prepares you to lead a 21st-century educational institution and build positive relationships with the community it serves. You’ll build an understanding of your personal leadership style and organizational dynamics to confidently lead groups and engage stakeholders to achieve academic and institutional goals. This program will provide the skills necessary to support high-quality relationships with others and make the school more equitable for staff, students, and their families.

The Educational Leadership program is for applicants who are:

  • Current teachers or other student support professionals (e.g., school counselors, school librarians, etc.)
  • Can attend online synchronous classes weekly
  • Can pay for their coursework without university support


Our curriculum takes a developmental approach to leadership development. Courses are taken in a sequence designed to build your leadership skills as you progress through the program. Throughout your coursework, faculty will support and counsel you in an effort to ensure that you get the most out of the program in a way that works for you.

Year One Courses

Learn how to better understand your school’s environment using different perspectives.

  • EAD 560: Functions and Theories of Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EAD 656: Social and Ethical Foundations of Educational Leadership (3 credits)
  • EAD 565: Inquiry and Evaluation in Schools I (3 credits)

Year Two Courses

Explore leadership’s role in shaping interpersonal, interpersonal, and group dynamics.

  • EAD 566: Inquiry and Evaluation in Schools II (3 credits)
  • EAD 510: Educational Supervision (3 credits)
  • EAD 567: Stakeholder Engagement (3 credits) 
    EAD 590: Rural School and Community Leadership (3 credits)

Year Three Courses

Start practicing your skills and take on leadership roles in your school.

  • EAD 563: Individual Leadership: Problems, Paradoxes, and Possibilities (3 credits)
  • EAD 690/691: Internship (4 credits)
  • EHD 569: Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
    Students complete a capstone project instead of a thesis that showcases the skills they’ve gained throughout the program.

Non-Cohort Courses

These may be taken at the same time as the cohort classes or may be completed during an additional semester.

  • EAD 531: School Law for Administrators (3 credits)
  • EAD 616: Resource-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3 credits)
  • SED 520: Law and Policy Affecting Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)



  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Current employment in schools,  community agencies, or other educational roles or settings that allow access to student-level data

Application Materials

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

  • An online application
  • Current resume or CV
  • A short essay describing your motivation for obtaining an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Official academic transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation

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Have questions about earning your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Senior Advisor, at 207.581.3452 or at

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The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program prepares students to take leadership roles in positions such as teacher leader, assistant principal, principal, special education director, and curriculum coordinator. Graduates can also use their skills with nonprofit and government agencies specializing in education policy.

This degree can lead to Maine certification in Assistant Building Administrator (Assistant Principal) (045), Curriculum Coordinator (078) or Building Administrator (Principal) (040). Specific information regarding Maine certification is available through the Maine Department of Education.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030 with about 22,100 openings per year. The median annual wage for principals was $98,490 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.


Our faculty are experienced educational leaders who conduct research in the areas they teach. 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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