2020-21 Catalogs

MSEd in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership focuses on the preparation of collaborative change agents for educational settings that promote equitable learning opportunities for all students. The program of study is designed to develop general leadership perspectives and specific technical skills for people assuming roles as teacher leaders, principals, special education directors, curriculum coordinators, or superintendents.

The educational leadership program is divided into three areas of study: administration, for certification as a school principal, as a curriculum director, or as a director of special education. All areas are appropriate for candidates desiring to serve as teacher leaders. Teacher leader candidates may instead wish to pursue the Teacher Leadership program. See the Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership section for program information.

There are two pathways for the Educational Leadership program:

  1. An on campus program that allows for different certifications in principalship, curriculum coordinator, or special education director;
  2. An accelerated online program that has a focus on K-12 school principalship

Graduates of the educational leadership program will be able to:

  • evaluate research and use it as a tool to improve educational practice;
  • analyze and understand teaching as a science, an art, and a craft and develop strategies for its improvement;
  • plan, implement, and evaluate programs of instruction that promote learning for all students;
  • establish clear learning standards and multiple forms of assessment of student learning;
  • work effectively as a member of a team and as a developer of teaching and learning;
  • demonstrate reflective practice tools, strategies, and habits of mind; and
  • utilize appropriate communication when interacting with the internal and external environments.

In addition to these common outcomes, graduates of the administration strands leading to certification as a school principal, curriculum director, or director of special education programs will be able to:

  • understand the culture of schools, leadership theories, and the impact of the leadership function;
  • assess school climate and culture and develop a positive organizational environment for adult and student learning;
  • understand the politics of decision making and how to make decisions that promote the school-wide agenda for teaching and learning;
  • fulfill the daily operations and management requirements of the principalship or directorship;
  • understand legal constraints and precedents which dictate educational policy and practice;
  • supervise and evaluate teacher performance and provide positive mechanisms for the improvement of practice; and
  • understand and apply knowledge about adult learning and teacher development.

Although the program may lead to certification as curriculum coordinator or other administrative roles, it is equally appropriate for the classroom teacher who simply wants to make a difference in her or his setting.

Tk20 Subscription:

Tk20 by Watermark is the comprehensive web-based, assessment management and reporting system used by all students in Educator Preparation programs at USM. All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program at USM and are accepted as a candidate for their internship/student teaching year are required to subscribe to Tk20. Students use Tk20 to provide evidence they have mastered state and professional standards for their profession. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, Tk20 is eligible for consideration as part of educational costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student after they have passed their candidacy process and before the first semester of their internship year. Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation website at http://usm.maine.edu/educator-preparation.

Please note Professional Education Council Policy: In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the Maine Department of Education for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to her/his state-approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed within the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20).

Certification as a School Principal (36 credits)

     EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
     EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching and Assessment or
     EDU 617 Teaching in the Middle Level School
     EDU 604 Curriculum Development or
     EDU 615 Middle Level Curriculum
     EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders
     EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     EDU 677 Seminar in School Management
     EDU 678 School Law
     EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of School Personnel
     EDU 685 Internship in School Administration (three semesters, 9 credits)

Certification as a Curriculum Coordinator (36 credits)

     EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
     EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching and Assessment or
     EDU 617 Teaching in the Middle Level School
     EDU 604 Curriculum Development or
     EDU 615 Middle Level Curriculum
     EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders
     EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     EDU 677 Seminar in School Management
     EDU 678 School Law
     EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of School Personnel
     EDU 688 Internship in Curriculum Administration (three semesters, 9 credits)

Certification as a Director of Special Education (36 credits)

     EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
     EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching and Assessment or
     EDU 617 Teaching in the Middle Level School
     EDU 604 Curriculum Development or
     EDU 615 Middle Level Curriculum
     EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders
     EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
     EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
     EDU 677 Seminar in School Management
     EDU 678 School Law
     EDU 679 Evaluation and Supervision of Teaching
     EDU 686 Internship in Special Education Administration (three semesters, 9 credits)