Educational Leadership

Professional Educator FAQs

1. May non-matriculated students take graduate courses for credit before applying?
2. When are applications due? 
3. How intensive is the curriculum? (For example could one expect to take a full course load as well as hold down a full time job?)
4. Are there opportunities for scholarships and graduate assistantships?
5. I am having trouble logging into BlackBoard for one of my classes. What do I do?
6. Does this degree program lead to any special teaching certifications or endorsements?
7. I’ve taken several graduate credit courses at other institutions. How do I know if these courses will transfer?
8. I’ve been accepted into the program and need advising. What do I do?
9. What is MaineStreet?
10. I’ve been told that I have a University email address. How do I access it?

1. May non-matriculated students take graduate courses for credit before applying?

Non-matriculated students may take two classes that are designated as classes available to them. They may also choose to take a third and fourth class, but only with the approval of the department after submitting their application.

2. When are applications due? 
Application deadlines are October 15, February 1, March 15, and May 1. Your application must be completed and submitted prior to the dates. For more information, visit the Office of Graduate Studies.

3. How intensive is the curriculum? (For example could one expect to take a full course load as well as hold down a full time job?)
There is a tremendous amount of variability in terms of how long an individual requires completing the program. In order to be considered a full time student, one must take at least 9 credit hours per semester. Most students take classes at night as a part-time student while continuing to have a full-time career. Those who are interested in becoming full-time students should not expect to be able to work full-time in addition to completing the course work.

4. Are there opportunities for scholarships and graduate assistantships?
Yes. There are multiple scholarships available and awarded each year within the School of Education and Human Development. These scholarships typically range from $100 to $1500. Students can also apply for graduate assistantships. These positions will be offered to degree students taking at least six credit hours per semester while employed. A student may be offered a part time position (10 hours/week), or a full time position (20 hours/week). The pay rate for graduate assistantships usually equates to approximately $15.00/hr. For more information: School of Education and Human Development's Financial Aid.

5. I am having trouble logging into BlackBoard for one of my classes. What do I do?
You can obtain help in this area in a number of ways. Computer Resources has a wide selection of information for students. Visit Blackboard support for computer information specific to BlackBoard. If you continue to have trouble, please contact the HelpDesk at 780-4029 or helpdesk@usm.maine.edu

6. Does this degree program lead to any special teaching certifications or endorsements?
The Professional Educator program does not lead to any special teaching certifications or endorsements, unless you take the program in conjunction with one of our Certificate of Graduate Study programs, such as Assistant Principal, Athletic Administrator, Gifted and Talented, etc.

7. I’ve taken several graduate credit courses at other institutions. How do I know if these courses will transfer?
When you apply to the Professional Educator program, you are given the opportunity to request transfer credits. The Application Review Committee will determine if your courses are suitable for transfer.

8. I’ve been accepted into the program and need advising. What do I do?
Once you are accepted into the program and matriculated, you are assigned a faculty advisor. Your advisor is listed in your acceptance letter and also in your MaineStreet account. Please contact your advisor directly for assistance.

9. What is MaineStreet?
MaineStreet is your online portal to many student service features. In MaineStreet you can register for classes, pay for classes, check on your admissions status, change your address and phone number, check on your financial aid packages, retrieve your grades at the end of each semester and apply for graduation. It is essential that you become comfortable using MaineStreet. For assistance, please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@usm.maine.edu or 780-4029.

10. I’ve been told that I have a University email address. How do I access it?
Please contact the HelpDesk at helpdesk@usm.maine.edu or call 780-4029, and they can help you with your University email address. If you have ever taken at class at the University of Southern Maine System, then you have been assigned a University email address.