Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership

30-credit certificate program

Academic Catalog | Course Descriptions

This 30-credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership (CAGS AEL) program is an online educational leadership certificate that provides a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices.

Please note: In the State of Maine, this CAGS leads to a Principal – Building Administrator Certificate (040). If you will be working outside of the State of Maine, UNE Online highly recommends that you research your specific state requirements for entry level into assistant principal or principal positions before entering this (or any) program.

This program requires completion of 10 post-master’s courses (30 credits). Participants begin by addressing:

  • Team building
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Strategic planning
  • Analyzing leadership through observation

Emphasis is on developing the knowledge and skills needed by school administrators and other educators who wish to assume significant leadership roles in their schools, educational institutions and communities. Students will address:

  • The complex laws and regulations that govern school administration
  • Specific legal principles
  • Teacher responsibilities
  • Negotiation tactics
  • Collective bargaining
  • The laws and policy that impact education

Additional focus is placed on instructional leadership and tools to use to effectively motivate and lead teachers. Each CAGS is tailored to the daily life of a working professional and includes an immersive education experience within the participant’s own classroom. Other topics include:

  • The changing state of education across the United States
  • School reform
  • School culture
  • Educational initiatives
  • Supervision and evaluation strategies
  • School and community relations
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Strategic planning

This is a 30-credit certificate program

This CAGS AEL program meets Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC) standards. It is important for you to research your specific state licensure requirements to ensure this degree meets those requirements.

Program Highlights

  • 30-credit hour program
  • Complete your program in just under two years
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Learn anytime from any place
  • No GRE Required
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers and educators
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)

Accreditation

NEASC accredited

The University of New England is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC CIHE). NEASC is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high levels of education, from pre-kindergarten through the higher education doctoral level. Accreditation is the review of the quality of educational institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that the public knows that an institution or program provides a high quality education.
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Course Descriptions

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EDU 701: Educational Leadership (Credits:3)

This course provides the overarching context for the entire curriculum in educational leadership. Participants consider theories and practices relating to effective leadership in educational settings. Topics include team building, diagnosing the work environment, decision-making, problem solving, and strategic planning and human resource development. Students will reflect on their own leadership, observe and analyze other leaders, and explore how the theories and practices relate to the Interstate School Leaders License Consortium (ISLLC) standards for leaders. This course meets standards of the Interstate School Leaders Consortium (ISSLC) 2008. This course explores ethical decision-making and individual styles with respect to professional responsibilities. 

EDU 702: School Law (Credits:3)

In today’s complex society, educational administrators must possess a working knowledge of federal and state statutory and case law impacting education. This course will provide a foundation of the legal underpinnings of the American education system and how the “law” has had an effect on schools. Specific legal principles relating to church/state issues, tort liability, teachers’ responsibilities, students’ rights, and administrative concerns such as contracts and collective bargaining will be covered. Students will be required to apply these legal principles to analyze actual case scenarios. Assignments will be included to acquaint students with their state’s laws that will affect them as future educational leaders.

EDU 703: Educational Change/School Reform (Credits:3)

Regardless of how beneficial a desired change may seem, new initiatives are often difficult to implement. Each educational setting has its own culture, and innovations and changes that are incompatible with the prevailing climate may elicit resistance and hostility. The course examines change theory; studies case histories of successful and not so successful change efforts; and reviews change strategies to equip students with skills for introducing effective reforms.

EDU 704: Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel (Credits:3)

Supervision and evaluation strategies need to support teachers’ growth into strong, competent professionals. This course examines requirements of educational leaders engaged in supervising and evaluating educational personnel, and explores new directions and procedures currently under development. Emphasis is given to understanding the theory behind the practice, strengths and weaknesses of varying methods, and hands-on applications. Drawing on knowledge of developmental stages and multiple styles of learning and teaching, participants consider such practices as peer evaluations, self-evaluations, portfolios, and mentoring.

EDU 706: School-Community Relations & Communications (Credits:3)

An effective educational leader promotes the success of all students by communicating the learning community’s vision, policies, and successes to staff, students, parents, community, decision makers, legislators and media. This course provides 80 hours of field based work, in which aspiring leaders will develop a plan to build and maintain partnerships with multiple constituent groups within the community in a way that positively impacts the education of students.

EDU 707: Instructional Leadership (Credits:3)

School leaders must also be “lead teachers”. To effectively instill motivation and creativity in teachers, participants learn current models for curriculum design to ensure that instructional materials meet appropriate mandates for content and learning goals, and which also address students’ diverse needs, abilities, and experiences. Learning theories and styles are included, as are topics relating to curriculum theory and assessment.

EDU 709: School Finance (Credits:3)

The course traces the historical background and development of school finance acts, and examines the intent, concepts and relationship inherent in these acts. Processes by which state subsidies are computed, allocated and distributed are considered. Budget and expenditure practices in relation to these acts are illustrated. Emphasis is placed on helping students develop a clear conceptual understanding of the overall methods by which state aid is provided to local school systems. Readings, research, and other assignments are designed to acquaint students with school finance practices in their respective states.

EDU 715: Organizational Theory & Strategic Planning (Credits:3)

This course will include: an overview of organizational theories and systems; the inclusion of organizational theory in the educational change process; the functions, objectives, development, and assessment of strategic plans; and the relationship between strategic planning and budget development.

EDU 720: Special Education Law for the Classroom (Credits:3)

Laws, regulations, and judicial decisions relating to the education of students with special needs are discussed. Methods of conflict resolution, mediation, and ethical standards are examined. Students will be required to apply what they learn as they analyze real-life case scenarios.

EDU 791/792: Internship I & II (Credits:3)

Internship is a self-designed experience that consists of 150 hours (10 hours/week for 15 weeks) at a site other than the school the student works. The design of the internship must focus on the intern’s leadership skills as described in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders as well as the collection of artifacts and data that demonstrate the intern’s use of those skills. This course is a requirement of State of Maine Building Administrator Certification.


Suggested next steps:

  1. Admissions requirements – CAGS: AEL
  2. Commonly asked questions for the online CAGS program
  3. International admissions requirements
  4. Certification requirements by state
  5. Fun interactive U.S. map of certification requirements