Leadership Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study in Professional Leadership Education

In order to meet the void of professional credentialing of leadership educators, this unique, 12-credit, post-baccalaureate certificate draws faculty and professionals in curricular and co-curricular higher education contexts who are interested in developing their capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate postsecondary leadership education programs.  The certificate begins with a solid, advanced-level grounding in leadership, group, and organizational theory, and continues through two chief courses focused on leadership curriculum, program design, and evaluation, as well as the practice of teaching, learning, and assessment in leadership education programs, respectively.

Students who earn this certificate will...

  • Increase their knowledge of theories of leadership and leadership contexts
  • Improve their capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate leadership education programs in higher education
  • Develop experientially focused teaching and facilitation skills, including a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, for delivering leadership education programs in curricular and co-curricular contexts

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Professional Leadership Education is available in a fully asynchronous online format (100% of course activities online and no on-campus requirements).  Additionally, two of the required courses--LOS 500 and 501--are also available in a blended format (at least 50% of the coursework online with class meetings that can be attended in person on campus or virtually via web conferencing). Blended courses meet on our Portland campus. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (207) 780-4386 or email usmgrad@maine.edu.

Certificate Requires 12 credits

LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory and Practice 3 cr

LOS 501 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory & Practice 3 cr

LOS 626 Leadership Program Design and Evaluation 3 cr

LOS 627 Leadership Education 3 cr

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: Waived for all students.none.
  • 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: Applicants must submit a personal statement of purpose about why they are interested in this program
  • 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.

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 edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

 

International Applicants

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.

Applicants whose first language is not English

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.