Educational Leadership

Certificate of Graduate Study in Athletic Administrator

The athletic administrator certificate program is offered through the Professional Education Department and is designed to prepare graduates for the responsibilities of the athletic administrator in middle and high schools in Maine. Students who complete the athletic administrator certificate program will not only have impressive graduate background in athletic administration, but will have satisfied the state course requirements for a Maine assistant principal's certificate. In addition, graduates will have completed a significant part of the entry and foundation coursework for a master's in educational leadership.

This 18-credit certificate consists of six courses:
     *EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
     *EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     *EDU 678 School Law
     *EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of School Personnel
     EDU 690 Introduction to Athletic Administration
     EDU 691 Sports Law and Regulation Compliance

Courses may be taken in any sequence. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded USM certificates for both athletic administration and the assistant principalship, which can be included on résumés and job applications. Upon submission of the USM transcript, the state office of certification will issue a state of Maine assistant principal certificate to candidates with appropriate professional prerequisites established by the state of Maine.

* Although twelve of the eighteen credit hours earned in this program (indicated by single asterisks above) can be transferred into a master's program, students who wish to matriculate into the 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 athletic administrator 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:
  • Submission of an Application for Certificate Program, including a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Current resume;
  • Personal statement; and
  • Completed Teacher Credential Summary Form.

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.