Graduate Programs in Education: Admission Requirements

Master’s in Education | Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies | Doctor of Education

Below is a comprehensive listing of the admissions requirements for each of the online graduate programs offered by University of New England. 


Master’s of Science in Education (MSE) Admissions

Program prerequisites

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Minimum of one year teaching experience
  • Current employment in an educational setting where you have regular access to an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies, or documented access to a classroom environment
  • A sincere interest in continuing professional development as an educational leader
  • The potential to improve practice through application of new knowledge and skills
  • The ability to pursue challenging online graduate study
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the Internet and effectively participate in an online program
  • Own or have regular access to a computer with Internet connection and with the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements page
  • Motivation to complete all course assignments in a satisfactory and timely manner

MSE application requirements

  • Submit the online application and pay the application fee of $40 (non-refundable).
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting conferral of your highest degree earned. Applicants with international degrees should contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution to:
University of New England
Online Worldwide Learning
ATT: Education
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
  • Submit the following documents via email to education@une.edu:
    • Professional goal statement (250 – 1000 words): Describe your experience as a teacher and/or administrator; particularly your experience and interest in your concentration desired; your interest in further graduate study; your capacity to succeed in a distance learning format; your future certificate’s professional goals. 
      • The goal statement is evaluated by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria: indications of leadership potential; indications of a desire for professional improvement and growth; writing conveys excitement of learning and leading; evidence of compatibility with the distance-learning format; evidence that the writer has an excellent command of the English language; writing is organized, cohesive, cogent, with correct grammar and syntax; evidence of thoughtfulness, creativity, and innovation; and evidence that the applicant is willing to apply new ideas and techniques.
    • A copy of your current state-issued teaching certificate or license. If you are not currently employed as a classroom teacher you will need to submit this classroom access plan form.
    • Professional resume

Our Enrollment Counselors are here to assist you throughout the entire application process. Please contact us right away if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

Expiration of MSE application materials 

All application materials to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

MSE procedures and policies

Admissions decisions will be made on rolling basis as applications are received and completed. A new cohort will begin online every session. The admissions committee carefully assesses MSE applicants on the basis of evidence provided in all application materials submitted. A personal interview is not required; therefore, application materials submitted must be prepared thoroughly and thoughtfully for full consideration.

Transfer credits will not be accepted.


Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Admissions Requirements

Program prerequisites

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent
  • Minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Current employment in an educational setting where you have regular access to an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies, or documented access to a classroom environment
  • A sincere interest in continuing professional development as an educational leader
  • The potential to improve practice through application of new knowledge and skills
  • The ability to pursue challenging online graduate study
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the internet and effectively participate in an online program
  • Own or have regular access to a computer with internet connection and with the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements page
  • Motivation to complete all course assignments in a satisfactory and timely manner
  • Experience in a leadership capacity (i.e. team leader, committee chair, department leader, subject-matter coordinator or other relevant leadership role in an educational setting)
  • Ability to be a positive change agent, maintaining professional ethics and supportive management strategies

CAGS application requirements

  • Submit the online application and pay the application fee of $40 (non-refundable).
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting conferral of highest degree earned. You will be contacted if the admissions committee requires additional transcripts. Applicants with international degrees should contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.
  • Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution to:
University of New England
Online Worldwide Learning
ATT: Education
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
  • Submit the following documents via email to education@une.edu:
    • Professional goal statement (250 – 1000 words): Describe your experience as a teacher and/or administrator; particularly your experience and interest in your concentration desired; your interest in further graduate study; your capacity to succeed in a distance learning format; your future certificate’s professional goals.
        • The goal statement is evaluated by the Admissions Committee using the following criteria: indications of leadership potential; indications of a desire for professional improvement and growth; writing conveys excitement of learning and leading; evidence of compatibility with the distance-learning format; evidence that the writer has an excellent command of the English language; writing is organized, cohesive, cogent, with correct grammar and syntax; evidence of thoughtfulness, creativity, and innovation; and evidence that the applicant is willing to apply new ideas and techniques.
    • A copy of your current state-issued teaching certificate or license. If you are not currently employed as a classroom teacher you will need to submit this classroom access plan form.
    • Professional resume
    • Provide three (3) letters of recommendation directly from academic and professional references, including one supervisor. Each letter needs to be sent directly to UNE from the reference writer, along with this reference form. The reference form first needs to be signed by you then completed by the reference writer. You may print off the form, hand sign, and fax/scan/mail back to your Enrollment Counselor, or you may electronically complete the form by providing your Enrollment Counselor with the names and email addresses of the three individuals who will be writing your references. The forms can be mailed to the address above or emailed to education@une.edu.
Our Enrollment Counselors are here to assist you throughout the entire application process. Please contact us right away if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

Expiration of CAGS application materials 

All application materials to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

CAGS procedures and policies

Admissions decisions will be made on rolling basis as applications are received and completed. A new cohort will begin online every session. The admissions committee carefully assesses CAGS applicants on the basis of evidence provided in all application materials submitted. A personal interview is not required; therefore, application materials submitted must be prepared thoroughly and thoughtfully for full consideration.

Transfer credits will not be accepted in the UNE CAGS program.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites to participation in the Ed.D. program include:

  • A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • The potential to improve practice through application of new knowledge and skills.
  • Regular access to an environment in which you can apply course concepts and strategies. Please Note: If you are not currently employed, you must have an organizational setting where you can try out the transformational leadership ideas we will discover and discuss.
  • The ability to pursue challenging online graduate study.
  • Sufficient computer skills to navigate the internet and effectively participate in an online program. Please review the technical requirements page to be sure your computer is compatible.

Ed.D. application requirements

  • Submit the online application and pay the application fee of $40 (non-refundable).
  • Submit official transcripts reflecting conferral of bachelor’s and master’s degree earned. You will be contacted if the admissions committee requires additional transcripts. Applicants with international degrees should contact an Enrollment Counselor for more information.
    • Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the institution to:
      University of New England
      Online Worldwide Learning
      ATT: Education
      716 Stevens Avenue
      Portland, ME 04103
  • Submit the following documents via email to EdD@une.edu:
    • An application essay (maximum of 1,200 words) to include, but not limited to the following:
      • Why you value the study and practice of transformative leadership.
      • Description of your leadership experiences.
      • Lessons learned from your leadership experience, focusing on questions that are worthy of further investigation.
      • Academic and professional background that supports your candidacy to pursue this unique program of study.
      • Initial thoughts on the line of research and institutional context in which you wish to pursue or apply academic principles and concepts.
      • This essay should follow APA format demonstrating academic writing including references to peer reviewed scholarly work.
    • Professional resume
    • Provide three (3) letters of recommendation directly from academic and professional references, including one supervisor. Each letter needs to be sent directly to UNE from the reference writer, along with this reference form. The reference form first needs to be signed by you then completed by the reference writer. You may print off the form, hand sign, and fax/scan/mail back to your Enrollment Counselor, or you may electronically complete the form by providing your Enrollment Counselor with the names and email addresses of the three individuals who will be writing your references. The forms can be mailed to the address above or emailed to EdD@une.edu.

Our Enrollment Counselors are here to assist you throughout the entire application process. Please contact us right away if you have any questions about the program or application requirements.

Expiration of Ed.D. application materials 

All application materials to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

Next steps: your interview for entrance into the Ed.D. program

After you have submitted your completed application and prior to being accepted, you may be invited for an interview with the faculty. This is a great time for you to further discuss your dissertation topic and future goals. This program benefits a narrow cross section of the education professionals, so we are diligent in making sure that our program is the right fit for you.  Faculty administration will reach out to you to coordinate the details of this phone interview.

Ed.D. procedures and policies

Admissions decisions will be made on rolling basis as applications are received and completed. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis only.

Ed.D. transfer credit policy

If approved, up to six credits of graduate coursework may be transferred into the Ed.D. program. The syllabus of each transferred course must provide clear evidence that the course is comparable to the UNE Ed.D. required course. Requests for approval of transfer should be submitted to your enrollment counselor.

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