Educational Leadership

MSEd in Professional Educator

The Master of Science in Education: Professional Educator is a 30 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: 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 the Content Area through Literacy (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 Professional Educator Capstone Seminar (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.

Applicant Qualifications

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

Application Deadline:

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: $65.00 paid through the online application.
  • 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: see below for details.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Completed Teacher Credential Summary Form.

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.

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.

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?

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.