2020-21 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Assistant Principal

The assistant principal certificate program is offered through the Educational Leadership program 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 15-credit program consists of five courses.

This 15-credit certificate consists of five courses:

  • EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders
  • 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 certificate 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.