M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program is for applicants that are:

  1. Current teachers with at least 2 years of experience (preferred)
  2. Can attend online synchronous classes weekly
  3. Are able to pay for their coursework without university support

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 to make the school a more equitable place for staff, students, and their families.

Students will choose one of two tracks – General Educational Leadership or Rural Educational Leadership, which focuses on the unique leadership needs of schools in rural areas.

Rural Educational Leadership Track

In rural areas, schools may be deeply embedded in a town’s culture and the most robust social center in the town. Working for a school so important to the health of a community comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Students who elect to take the Rural Educational Leadership track will build the additional skills needed to become more creative, make the most of local resources, attract and retain talented teachers, and successfully navigate the political landscape.


The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a blended program with both online classes and in-person meetings. The online classes typically meet weekdays from 5:00-7:30 p.m. The in-person meetings are with your cohort, a group of students who take all their classes together while working toward their degrees. Through cohorts, students are part of a learning community where they can collaborate with professors and develop relationships with their peers.

Cohorts meet on Saturdays twice a semester at either the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME or at the Houlton Center in Houlton, ME.


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. The exact order of the classes you’ll take will depend on your track. 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 510: Educational Supervision (3 credits) OR Rural School and Community Leadership (3 credits) (Rural Track)
  • 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 698: Stakeholder Engagement (3 credits) OR Educational Supervision (3 credits) (Rural Track)
  • EAD 562: Group Leadership and Decisions-Making in Schools (3 credits)

Year Three

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: Principal Internship (4 credits)
  • EDS 569: Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
    Students complete a capstone project instead of a thesis that showcases the skills you’ve gained throughout the program.

Certification Courses

Students will consult with an advisor to take four courses based on their desired certification or track. (12 credits)

  • EAD 590: Rural School and Community Leadership (3 credits)
  • EAD 531: School Law for Administrators (3 credits)
  • EAD 615: The Principalship (3 credits)
  • EAD 616: Resource-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3 credits)
  • EAD 651: Organizational Behavior in Education (3 credits)
  • SED 520: Law and Policy Affecting Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)



  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • 2 years of experience working in schools, community agencies, or other educational roles or settings

Application Materials

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

  • An online application
  • 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 Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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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.


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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