The University of Maine at Farmington’s Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership degree program:

  • is designed specifically for educators who wish to become leaders in their classrooms, schools, districts, or other educational settings.
  • is delivered in blended format (70% online and 30% face-to-face).
  • requires 34 graduate credit hours, including 22 credit hours from the core curriculum.
  • emphasizes school improvement knowledge and skills grounded in action research.
  • is organized in a cohort format, where students complete the 22-credit required core program together.
  • requires a technologically current computer, an up-to-date web browser, and high-speed Internet access.

The Program prepares professional educators for leadership roles in educational settings. The Program contributes to the intellectual and professional growth of practicing educators through a challenging and supportive course of study that respects and builds upon their experiences in the field. The cohesive student-centered program models excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice. The 34-credit program, including a 12-credit concentration, helps competent teachers become effective educational leaders.

The program delivery is a blended format.  Approximately 30% of the program will be delivered through face-to-face instruction and 70% will be delivered using distance technology tools.  The Program is offered in a cohort format. Students are typically admitted to a cohort each summer. Participants are expected to progress through the degree program with their cohort. Completion of the degree takes two or three years, including summers.

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

M.S. Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed for practicing teachers who wish to become exceptional educational leaders. The program will contribute to the intellectual and professional growth of these educators through a challenging and supportive course of study that respects and builds upon their experiences in the field. The cohesive student-centered program will model excellence in education through rigorous coursework and faculty mentoring of research and practice.

The Master of Science in Education program is approved as part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation of the University of Maine at Farmington.