The University of New England is pleased to announce a new 30-credit, online Master of Science in Education – Educational Leadership degree which prepares teachers with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career as an assistant principal or principal and is an approved program for preparation for the Building Administrator 040 endorsement in the State of Maine. It can be completed in under two years and is 100% online with no campus visits required. Click here to learn more.

The MSEd in Educational Leadership program is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and provides a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices such as school finance, special education law, school-community relations, and more.

Who should pursue an MSEd in Educational Leadership?

This educational leadership program is ideal for certified teachers with a bachelor’s degree who want to make an impact in their school and move into a more formal leadership role of a department head, assistant principal, or principal.

Although teacher leaders may not be ready to step out of the classroom yet, they will have the skills required to lead when the time is right in their career to assume a position of greater responsibility.

What if a certified teacher already holds a Master’s Degree?

UNE Online also offers building administrator certification at the post-master’s level through our 30-credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership program which also leads to Building Administrator 040 endorsement in the State of Maine.

How long would it take to earn this degree and when can I start?

The MSEd in Educational Leadership is a master of science degree that can be earned in under two years. Candidates for this degree must hold a Bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university, or its equivalent.

Students may also transfer up to three graduate level, 3-credit courses, taken at a regionally-accredited institution within five years of application, and completed with a grade of “B” or better. The courses transferred in must be equivalent to one of the required program courses.

Regionally accredited by NECHE

The MSEd in Educational Leadership program, along with the entire University of New England, is regionally accredited by NECHE. Regional accreditation is the gold standard among institutions of higher education. A school with regional accreditation has proven to the accrediting body that they provide a high-quality education.

Approved by the State of Maine

The State of Maine Department of Education has approved the UNE MSEd in Educational Leadership program, which guarantees that the program meets the requirements for Principal and Assistant Principal in the State of Maine.

Award-winning education programs

UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a top-60 ranking among all Online Master’s in Education programs in the country for 2022. This makes UNE the highest-ranked institution in Maine.

For more information, and to enroll

UNE Online is currently enrolling for their Summer A session which is set to begin April 27th, 2022. For more information, please contact or click here to learn more.

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