The UMF M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed for practicing teachers who want to become exceptional educational leaders. It contributes to the intellectual and professional growth of practicing educators through a rigorous and supportive course of study, one that respects and builds upon your experiences in the field.

The M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program

  • Designed specifically for educators who wish to become leaders in their classrooms, schools, districts, or other educational settings
  • Delivered in blended format (70% online / 30% face-to-face)
  • Requires 33 graduate credit hours, including 21 credit hours from the core curriculum
  • Emphasizes school improvement knowledge and skills grounded in action research
  • Organized in a cohort format, where students complete the 21-credit required core program together
  • Requires a technologically current computer, an up-to-date web browser, and high-speed Internet access

The cohesive student-centered program models excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice. The 33-credit program, which includes a 12-credit concentration, helps competent teachers become effective educational leaders.

We Use a Blended Approach: In-Person and Online

Program delivery is a blended format. This means approximately 30% of the program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and 70% will be delivered online.

The UMF M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is offered in a cohort format, with students typically start their core courses with their cohort each summer. Participants are expected to progress through the degree program with their cohort. Completion of the degree takes two to three years, including summers.

The program culminates with the execution of an action research project. The action research project, which takes place during the final two courses, focuses on classroom practice or school improvement. It includes planning, intervention strategies, data collection and analysis, and the production of a professional report supported by a presentation to faculty and peers.

The University of Maine at Farmington is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Courses in M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership

Core Curriculum (18 credits)
See Core Curriculum descriptions below

  • EDU 551  Changing Educational Organizations in a Diverse World (3 credits)
  • EDU 582  Research Methods (3 credits)
  • EDU 583  Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I: Development and Planning for Digital Age Learners (3 credits)
  • EDU 584  Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment II: Data Informed Decision Making for Digital Age Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 585  Cultivating Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDU 586  Applied Educational Research I (3 credits)

Concentrations (12 credits)

  • Administration
  • Educational Technology
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Math Leadership
  • Special Education
  • Individualized
  • A student, with the approval of the Admissions Committee, may transfer up to 9 graduate credits from another institution into his/her academic program, only 3 of these credits may be in the core of the program. Aside from EDU 582 and EDU 551 transfer of credit into the core is not accepted. These credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution, within 5 years prior to admission, and with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent). Graduate credits applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the master’s degree. Students are required to provide syllabi for transfer credits to determine appropriateness for UMF’s program.

To see course descriptions please review the Graduate Catalog.


Application Process and Due Dates

All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact our office prior to application to discuss the program and professional goals. Please visit our Contact Us page or email gradstudies@maine.edu to begin your inquiry.

Due Dates

  • August 10 for September (for Fall Term)
  • December 8 for January (for Spring Term)
  • April 10 for May (for Summer Term)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be considered when complete. Students may enroll in some courses as a non-matriculated student prior to acceptance into the program.

Application Materials

To apply for the M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership program please submit the following materials to our office:

  • Application (pdf)
  • Application essay (see page 2 of the Application for instructions)
  • Supplemental information if requesting Individualized Concentration
  • Official transcript for your undergraduate degree if not from a University of Maine System campus
  • A copy of your Teaching Certificate
  • Two Recommendation Forms (pdf)
    One from current administrator or supervisor
    One from a professional colleague
  • See the mailing address below

Admission Requirements

  • Be employed, or seeking employment as a classroom teacher or other educational professional.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Note: a foreign degree must be validated by World Educational Services, Center for Educational Documentation, Inc., or other appropriate agency. The decision to accept the degree is made on a case-by-case basis by the UMF Director of Graduate Programs in Education.

Transfer Policy

If you are requesting that graduate-level coursework be transferred from another institution into this UMF Master’s program, in addition to your transcript you must submit the syllabi for each course you would like considered for transfer. Transfer decisions are made at the time of application.

A student, with the approval of the Admissions Committee, may transfer up to 9 graduate credits from another institution into his/her academic program; only 3 of these credits may be in the core of the program. Aside from EDU 582 and EDU 551, transfer of credit into the core is not accepted.

These credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution, within 5 years prior to admission, and with a minimum grade of B (or equivalent). Graduate credits applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the master’s degree.


Contact Us

Division of Graduate & Continuing Education
University of Maine at Farmington
Theo Kalikow Education Center
186 High Street
Farmington, Maine 04938
tel 207-778-7502
fax 207-778-8134
TYY (via Maine Relay Service) dial 711
gradstudies@maine.edu

Mailing address:
Division of Graduate & Continuing Education
University of Maine at Farmington
111 South Street
Farmington, Maine 04938