Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership

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UNE Graduate Catalog

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership program is an online educational leadership certificate that provides a thorough foundation in educational leadership theory, principles, and practices.

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 Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (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 degree 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)


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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US News and World Report Ranking

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The University of New England claimed a spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. UNE placed 100th out of 250 public and private colleges and universities listed in the report. UNE is one of only 25 private universities appearing in the top 100, and is one of just two Maine institutions included in the ranking. 

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Course List

  1. EDU 701 Educational Leadership (3 Credits)
  2. EDU 702 School Law (3 Credits)
  3. EDU 703 Educational Change/School Reform (3 Credits)
  4. EDU 704 Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel (3 Credits)
  5. EDU 706 School-Community Relations & Communications (3 Credits)
  6. EDU 707 Instructional Leadership (3 Credits)
  7. EDU 709 School Finance (3 Credits)
  8. EDU 715 Organizational Theory & Strategic Planning (3 Credits)
  9. EDU 720 Special Education Law for the Classroom (3 Credits)
  10. EDU 791/792 Internship I & II

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