Educational Leadership

MSEd in Professional Educator

The M.S.Ed.: Professional Educator is a 33 credit hour program that is designed for educators in a variety of settings who want to increase their knowledge, deepen their practice, and develop leadership 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.

Total Required Credits: 33

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)
     EDU 695: Topics in Professional Education (3cr)

Required: EDU 605 Teaching, Learning 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 the Content Area through Literacy (3cr)
     EDU 603 Analysis of Teaching (3cr)
     EDU 617 Teaching at the Middle Level (3cr)

Concentration (15 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 15 credits, additional relevant courses required

Capstone Seminar (3 credits) 
     EDU 667 Professional Educator Capstone Seminar (3cr)
     Students work with a faculty member to define the capstone experience. This may include portfolio, thesis, internship, action research project, or other appropriate format.

Note: Course substitutions are permitted with advisor approval.

For course descriptions, please click here: http://usm.maine.edu/sehd

Minimum requirements: 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 Deadline

Rolling with priority deadlines for fall by May 1, spring by October 15, and summer by March 15.

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the USM Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300 by the application deadline.
Application must include:
  • A submitted online graduate admission application;
  • The application fee of $65.00;
  • Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, including USM;
  • Three letters 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. Recommendations are easily submitted using our online application form. You will simply need to provide the name and email address for each of your recommenders during the application process. Once you submit your application, an email will be automatically generated to your recommenders directing them to fill out the electronic letter of recommendation.
  • Essay (see below);
  • Completed Teacher Credential Summary Form;
  • Certification of finances (international students only);
  • Submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not first language);
  • Current resume.
Special Essay Question

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?

Testing Requirement

Applicants must submit proof of teacher certification, which can be in any area or from any state.

Submit official TOEFL scores of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher if the applicant is an international student whose first language is not English. International students who have received their undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution may apply for a waiver of this requirement.

Transfer Credit

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.