MSEd in Teacher Leadership
The Master of Science in Education in Teacher Leadership is a 30-credit hour Master’s degree program designed to cultivate and strengthen teacher leadership by increasing knowledge, deepening practices, and developing leadership skills in curriculum, instruction, and assessment through disciplined graduate study
Students take courses from a foundation core and an academic core that focuses on curriculum, teaching, and assessment. Students then complete a concentration. A capstone completes the program. This program is administered by the Educational Leadership program.
There are two pathways for the Teacher Leadership program:
- An on campus program that has a self-design concentration;
- An accelerated online program that has a focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Pathway 1 (on campus):
Total Required Credits: 30
Foundations Core (15 credits)
Required: EDU 600: Research Methods and Techniques (3cr)
Select one course from the following:
- EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom (3 cr)
- EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3cr)
- EDU 671 Organizational Behavior (3cr)
Required: EDU 605 Teaching and Assessment
Select one 3 credit curriculum course from the following:
- EDU 604 Curriculum Development (3cr)
- EDU 615 Middle Level Curriculum Organization (3cr)
Select one 3 credit teaching course from the following
- EDU 514 Improving Teaching in Content Areas through Literacy for All Students Including Those with Diverse Abilities and Backgrounds (3cr)
- EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching and Assessment (3cr)
- EDU 617 Teaching at the Middle Level (3cr)
Concentration (12 credits)
- Select from one of the following options; prior advisor approval required
Cohort or self-designed concentration
- An approved graduate concentration or certificate*
* If less than 12 credits, additional relevant courses required
Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
- EDU 667 Teacher Leadership Capstone (3cr)
Students work with a faculty member to define the capstone experience. This may include portfolio, thesis, action research project, or other appropriate format.
Note: Course substitutions are permitted with advisor approval.
Pathway 2 (accelerated online): Concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- 6 start times (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1, Summer 2)
- 7 week accelerated courses with one week in between sessions
Total Required Credits: 30
- EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques
- EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching and Assessment
- EDU 604 Curriculum Development
- EDU 605 Testing and Assessment
- EDU 667 Teacher Leadership Capstone
- EDU 670 Introduction to Educational Leadership
- EDU 671 Organizational Behavior
- EDU 679 Supervision and Evaluation of Teachers
- EDU 680 Professional Learning in Schools
- EDU 695 Special Topics: Coaching and Mentoring Teachers
Applicant must have a bachelor's degree and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program; Applicants who do not have a 2.5 overall GPA must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied. Applicants must hold a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are up to the discretion of the admitting program.
In addition to the regular requirements of graduate admission, applicants to the professional educator program must submit proof of teacher certification. The certification can be in any area and/or from any state. Practicing educators in private schools or other settings that do not require state certification are exempt from this requirement.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Rolling with priority deadlines for fall by May 1, spring by October 15, and summer by March 15.
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
- Essay: Teaching is a learning profession. "When teachers stop learning, so do their students." (Roland Barth). How do you envision yourself as a teacher and a learner in the Professional Educator program?
- References: Names and contact information of three references who can speak to the applicant’s interest in pursuing graduate study.
- Recommendation: One letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's knowledge of current scholarship, capacity to connect theory and practice in posing and solving educational problems, achievement of excellence in educational practice, and demonstrated capability and motivation to engage in advanced graduate study.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
- Proof of teacher certification: Visit Proof of Teacher Certification webpage for how to submit evidence.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
Previously completed graduate courses may be approved for transfer into a graduate program within the professional educator program if credits for the courses were earned no more than five years prior to matriculation, with grades of B or better. A syllabus for each course submitted for transfer credit must be provided upon application. Credits proposed for transfer may not have been used to qualify for a previously earned degree.
For previous work completed through the University of Maine System, up to twelve credits may be accepted if the courses meet the requirements above and are equivalent to core courses or elective courses in the relevant USM program of study. Up to six graduate credits completed at institutions outside of the University of Maine System may be accepted if the courses meet the requirements above and are equivalent to core courses or elective courses in the relevant USM program of study.
Transfer of more than twelve University of Maine System credits or six non-University of Maine System credits may be approved by the program coordinator and faculty. These credits may include certificate of graduate study program courses and professional development in-service graduate courses. Requests for the transfer of credits taken more than five years prior to matriculation may also be evaluated and approved by the program coordinator and faculty.