Educational Leadership

Certificate of Graduate Study in Assistant Principal

The assistant principal certificate program is offered through the Professional Education Department and is designed to meet the state requirements for assistant principal certification in Maine and to provide a foundation for graduate work in educational administration. This twelve-credit program consists of four courses:

This twelve-credit certificate consists of four courses:
     EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     EDU 678 School Law
     EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of School Personnel

Courses may be taken in any sequence. At the conclusion of the certificate program, students will not only have satisfied state requirements for a Maine assistant principal's certificate but will have completed a significant part of the entry and foundation coursework for a master's degree in educational leadership. In addition, they will receive USM certificates of program completion which can be cited on résumés and vitae.

Although credits from the certificate program may be transferable to a master's program, students who wish to matriculate into a master's program must apply separately for admission.

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Minimum Admission Requirements: Criteria for admission include successful completion of a bachelor's degree and relevant professional experience. To earn a certificate, students must complete 75 percent of the required coursework at USM, and earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course.

In addition, applicants to the assistant principal certificate are expected to have two years of teaching experience with the expectation of completing a third year of teaching during USM graduate study. The Maine Department of Education requires three years of teaching experience for administrative certification.

Application deadline

Admission applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority deadlines
for intended semester of matriculation.

  • By October 15 for Spring Semester
  • By March 15 for Summer Semester
  • By May 1 for Fall Semester
  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Applications must include:

Acceptance to a certificate program does not constitute acceptance to a master's or post-master's certificate of advanced study program. Applications for degree status must be made under separate cover.